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Created, written, and directed by its star, Rikki Beadle-Blair, this rich, multicharacter miniseries was broadcast on Britain's Channel Four in 2001, and it puts American series like Queer as Folk to shame with its frenetic camerawork, brain-spinning narrative, and witty, sometimes highly poetic dialogue. Set in contemporary London, it connects a dozen or so friends, relatives, and utter strangers in a wonderfully complex lattice of relationships, at the center of which are Max (Beadle-Blair), his estranged gay lover, and the straight 19-year-old son whose custody they share. The plot woven around this collection of punks, sexual outlaws, and eternally foolish mortals moves fast enough to give you mental whiplash, yet Beadle-Blair still finds time to create fascinating, three-dimensional characters. Certainly it helps that the filmmaker's worldview is as warmhearted as it is multicultural, polysexual, polymorphous, and perverse; he also has an extraordinary talent for keeping the story moving without resorting to contrivance or PC sentimentality.

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