Episode 1
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Episode Information
Air date 23 February 1999
Written by Russell T Davies
Directed by Charles McDougall
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The first episode of Queer As Folk, which aired on 23 February 1999 and marks the beginning of the narrative universe which also includes Banana and Cucumber.


Stuart (Aidan Gillen) and Vince (Craig Kelly), stalwarts of the Manchester gay scene, are out on the pull in Canal Street. There, Stuart finds a one night stand that just will not go away.


Handsome and arrogant, Stuart Jones can have anybody he wants on the Manchester gay club scene and knows it, as do his less confident friends Vince, whom he knew from their school days, and Phil. One night Stuart picks up inexperienced but eager twink Nathan and takes him home for a good seeing-to, subsequently discovering that, at fifteen and still at school, the boy is legally too young for gay sex. Their session is interrupted by news that Alfie, a baby, sired by Stuart for his lesbian friends Lisa and Romey, has been born and he visits in the hospital. Next morning Vince drops Nathan off at school but graffiti on his car alerts the other kids to the fact that Nathan is gay.



  • This episode was used as a base for the American remake, produced by Showtime; Many of the scenes are virtually identical in both shows.