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Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has been especially prolific in recent years, writing the acclaimed British miniseries Years and Years and A Very English Scandal. Now his latest project, Boys, has been picked up by a U.S. broadcaster: the HBO Max streaming service.

The five-part series will follow a group of young gay friends as they grow up in the shadow of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1980s London. The young cast includes Olly Alexander, best known as the lead singer of a U.K. pop group, Years & Years, which coincidentally shares its name with one of Davies’s series.

“This was an astonishing decade, when a sudden new virus meant life became more stark, vivid, and precious than ever before,” Davies said in a statement. “I’ve carried these stories with me for years, and it’s an honor to find them a home with HBO Max.”

The series’ cast also includes Neil Patrick Harris, Bodyguard actress Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry, and Tracy-Ann Oberman, who played Yvonne Hartman in the Davies-era Doctor Who episodes “Army of Ghosts” and “Doomsday.”

Shooting is underway now in Manchester, England and Davies has shared a picture from the set. In the U.K., Boys will air on Channel 4.

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BOYS on HBO Max! BOYS will be available on HBO’s new streaming service next year, hooray! Front row, l to r: Laura Forti (HBO Max),Caroline Holllick (Head of Drama, Channel 4), Lydia West (Jill), Jeniffer Kim (HBO Max), middle row: Nathaniel Curtis (Ash), Callum ‘not now’ Howells (Colin), Olly Alexander (Ritchie), David Carlyle (Gregory), back row: Omari Douglas (Roscoe), RTD (me), Phil Collinson (producer) ♥️ . . . @hbomax @hbo @channel4 @redproductionco @andypryorcasting @realandypryor @ollyyears @lydiawestie @jfferkim @l40mirabella @nathaniel.curtis @callumhowells_c @marsdoug @davidcarlyle_ @nathanieljhall @misskeeleyhawes @shaun_dooley_ @nph @stephenfryactually @kenchristiansen1 @natsus1 @neilashtonuk @davidgajones @nicolanshindler @meccleston @philcollinson #drama #tvdrama #boys

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Davies served as Doctor Who showrunner between 2005 and 2010, and created the acclaimed spin-off series Torchwood. He’s also known for creating the groundbreaking U.K. drama series Queer as Folk, which spawned a hit U.S. remake. In 2008 he received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to drama.

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By Nick Levine