- Bob and Rose
"Bob and Rose" is a
British televisiondrama, originally screened in six one-hour episodes on the ITVnetwork in the UK in the autumn of 2001. It was produced for the network by the independent Red Production Company, and was that company's first prime-time drama for the ITV network.
The series was written by
Russell T Davies, who had previously been responsible for the much-discussed Channel 4drama "Queer as Folk", another Red Production Companyprogramme. As with "Queer as Folk", "Bob and Rose" involved homosexualityas a key theme. The storyline involves a gay man named Robert Gossage ('Bob') falling in love with a woman, Rose Cooper, and was loosely based on events that had happened in real life to a friend of Davies. This set up caused an uproar among gay rightsactivists who felt that the premise would make it appear as if being gay was a choice or a phase.Fact|date=June 2007
Bob was played by stand-up comedian and actor
Alan Davies(no relation of Russell), who was at the time best known for his lead role in the BBCtelevision mystery series " Jonathan Creek". Rose was played by actress Lesley Sharp, who was nominated for the BAFTA and Royal Television SocietyBest Actress awards for the part.
Although critically well-received, "Bob and Rose" was not a huge success in terms of audience share for ITV, and the final two episodes were relegated from prime-time to later night slots. The series has subsequently been released on
DVD, with a commentary track by Russell T Davies and Alan Davies.
*Davies, Russell T [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/screen/story/0,6903,545464,00.html "A Rose by any other name"] . "
The Observer". Sunday September 2 2001.
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0295071/ "Bob and Rose"] at the
Internet Movie Database.
* [http://www.redproductioncompany.com/pastproductions.asp?menuid=74 "Bob and Rose"] at the
Red Production Companyofficial website.
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