Queer as Folk (UK)

Season 1 Episode 1

Episode One

Aired Unknown Feb 23, 1999 on Channel 4
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Episode Summary

Episode One
Canal Street, Manchester. It's Thursday and that means nineties night in the Babylon Club. Phil hasn't pulled and nor has Vince, but Vince is being followed by a muscle man. Stuart has pulled and is just getting his admirer's phone number before they all head home.

It's Nathan's first night on the scene. Nathan and Stuart spot each other and start talking. It's not long before they end up back at Stuart's. They are having sex when they are interrupted by a phone call from Lisa.

Vince is getting acquainted with muscle man when Stuart phones and says he needs the car as "It's happened.". Vince tells muscle man that his friend's mum is in hospital and leaves.

Back at Stuart's apartment Nathan says it's time he was going anyway as he has college. It turns out he means school and is really fifteen years old.

Vince meets up with Stuart and Nathan at the hospital. They go into a room containing women and a new born baby boy - Stuart's baby boy. They name the boy Alfred. Romee is the mother.

Nathan is given money by Stuart to buy some flowers because he feels he should have bought some earlier. Nathan steals some from another patient's bed and keeps the money. During a quiet moment of congratulation Stuart realises that Vince fancies him.

Before leaving hospital Stuart takes a couple of pills he bought earlier and then goes on a drug trip. Nathan returns to Stuart's for more sex while Vince goes home and settles down in front of Doctor Who.

The next day Vince is woken by kids vandalising the car. Stuart wakes up confused and asks "What's that?". He has drawn a map all around the flat of everywhere he has had sex. Nathan and Stuart have more sex.

Later on Vince picks Stuart and Nathan up in the car and drops Nathan at school. The graffiti on the car gives the other kids an indication that Nathan may be gay.moreless

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David Prosho

David Prosho

Muscle Man

Guest Star

Jason Merrells

Jason Merrells

Phil Delaney

Guest Star

Juley McCann

Juley McCann

Siobhan Potter

Guest Star

Esther Hall

Esther Hall

Romey Sullivan

Recurring Role

Andy Devine (II)

Andy Devine (II)

Bernard Thomas

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (2)

    • A still from this episode, featuring Nathan and Stuart in bed, was used by the Manchester-based AIDS charity, "The George House Trust", in a campaign to promote safe sex.

    • When originally broadcast, each of the eight episodes ran 30-odd minutes. When the series was packaged for home video, they combined them to run as four 60-odd minute episodes.


    • Titanic
      The scene with Stuart and Vince on the hospital's roof is an allusion to the Academy Award winning movie Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Stuart yells "I'm the king of the world!" with Vince infront of him, his arms stretched out. To which Vince replies "Why am I always Kate Winslet?" This is actually a mix up of two scenes from the movie. "I'm the king of the world!" is exclaimed by DiCaprio's character as he stands at the bow of the ship together with his best friend (played by Danny Nucci). It's not until later that meets Winslet's character and eventually ends up at the bow again, this time holding her as Stuart does with Vince.

    • Doctor Who
      Vince is a big fan of British cult tv series Doctor Who. He has a Dalek in his fishtank and watches the Doctor Who adventure The Pyramids of Mars on tv.
      Russell T. Davies who wrote Queer as Folk would later renew Doctor Who, which became a success and as of 2008 has just finished its fourth season.