The BBC drama series, “Lost Boys & Fairies,” has revealed its initial images. This enchanting tale follows the journey of the extraordinary singer and artiste, Gabriel, along with his partner Andy, as they embark on the path of adoption.
The leading roles of Gabriel and Andy are portrayed by Cardiff-born actor Sion Daniel Young (known for “The Left Behind” and “Deceit”) and the acclaimed stage and screen star Fra Fee (seen in “Cabaret” and “Hawkeye”).
The series is the brainchild of Welsh writer Daf James, with direction by James Kent (“The Capture” and “Testament of Youth”), and is produced by Duck Soup Films for BBC One, BBC Cymru Wales, and BBC iPlayer.
The ensemble cast also features Elizabeth Berrington (“Stella” and “The Pact”), Olivier Award-winner Sharon D Clarke (“Showtrial” and “Informer”), Maria Doyle Kennedy (“Kin” and “Outlander”), Arwel Gruffydd (“Y Sŵn” and “Tess of the D’Urbervilles”), Shaheen Jafargholi (“Casualty” and “EastEnders”), Mali Ann Rees (“The Pact” and “Keeping Faith”), William Thomas (“Torchwood”), Gwyneth Keyworth (“Alex Rider” and “Fflam”), Gwawr Loader (“Hidden”), and more.
“Lost Boys & Fairies” was filmed in and around Cardiff, where the production brought Gabriel’s performances at the queer club-space ‘Neverland’ to life. It traces his journey of self-discovery as he grapples with memories from his childhood, striving to mend his relationship with his father before stepping into parenthood.
The executive producers include Rebekah Wray-Rogers, Libby Durdy, Jessica Brown Meek, Sophie Francis, Daf James, and James Kent representing Duck Soup Films, Jo McClellan for BBC, and Nick Andrews for BBC Cymru Wales. The series will be distributed by All3Media International.
This marks Duck Soup Films’ inaugural commission for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, and also represents Daf’s debut original screenplay for the BBC. “Lost Boys & Fairies” was developed as part of BBC Writersroom’s TV Drama Writers’ Programme 2019.
Duck Soup Films received support from the BBC’s Small Indie Fund in 21/22, an initiative aimed at bolstering small independent production companies with turnovers below £10m.
This initiative was designed to enhance the strength of UK production amidst global competition, with a specific emphasis on companies led by diverse leadership and producers based outside London. Additional funding support was provided by Creative Wales, the Welsh Government agency that champions the growth of the Creative Sectors.