BBC Three’s historic gay dating series I Kissed a Boy has finally premiered, and viewers are hailing it as a “game-changer” for queer representation.
Hosted by pop icon Dannii Minogue and narrated by Bad Education star Layton Williams, the eight-episode series follows 10 singletons who are paired up – “with help from the IKAB Matching team” – and upon first meeting, share a kiss. (Check out the cast here.) “No small talk.
No messages. Just one kiss to test out their chemistry straight away. Will it be a polite peck? Or a passionate snog? And ultimately, will that first kiss lead to love?” reads the synopsis. “I Kissed a Boy is packed with explosive drama, gripping cliffhangers and powerful untold stories – from coming out in a strict religious family, to the pressures of body image in the gay dating scene, to navigating self-acceptance, sex and first same-sex relationships.” The first two episodes launched on BBC iPlayer on Saturday (13 May) and viewers have responded with overwhelming praise. “I Kissed A Boy on @bbcthree is a game changer.
It’s funny, it’s real, it’s wholesome, it’s EXACTLY what a dating show needs to be without all the bells and whistles,” tweeted one fan. “It destroyed my initial expansions.