Episode Guide: Season 1 & Season 2


Feb 23, 1999 Episode #1.1


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.
Mar 2 1999 Episode #1.2


Nathan’s mother Janice,separated from his father Roy,discovers her son’s gay magazines whilst Nathan tells best friend Donna how he feels about Stuart. Vince is still in the closet at work and feels awkward when new employee Rosalie fancies him and asks him on a date,which he reluctantly attends. He is grateful for a call from Stuart and,claiming a family emergency,meets his friend for a drink. Nathan turns up and Stuart starts to find him obsessive as he has no desire to curb his promiscuity for him and,after arranging a date with another man,drives Nathan back to the boy’s home.
Mar 9, 1999 Episode #1.3


After Nathan tells Donna how Stuart dumped him,she expresses her low opinion of the older man and takes her friend off to the Canal Street clubs to get a new boyfriend. Here they meet Vince’s liberal-minded mother Hazel and her lodger, Bernard, an elderly gay. Vince sees Rosalie in a gay pub and has to pretend that he is a straight man on his first venture into such a place. He meets up with his camp friend Alexander,who has returned from a holiday abroad with a non-English-speaking male prostitute,who wanders off. Vince,Alexander and another friend Dane have a bizarre encounter with a very strange gay,which ends in a drastic escape through a window. Phil,meanwhile,picks up the suave Harvey,with whom he does drugs but Phil collapses and Harvey steals his wallet,leaving him to die.
Mar 16, 1999 Episode #1.4


Stuart and Vince are among the mourners at Phil’s funeral in his small natal village. His mother is distraught and expresses her view that he might still be alive had he not led a gay life style. At the wake Vince meets the slightly older Cameron, an Australian who was Phil’s accountant and they hit it off. Nathan plays a play for Christian Hobbs,a boy from his school,who goes along with things but then betrays him. After Janice has confronted him about being gay he ends up at Hazel’s,becoming her second lodger.
Mar 23, 1999 Episode #1.5


Hazel feels that Nathan is taking advantage of her when he stays out all night after meeting a boy called Dazz and she and Janice become closer friends as they wonder what to do for the best. Vince is much cheered when he gets a call from Cameron,as a result of which they go out on a date. Stuart gets a visit from his sister Marie,who asks him to baby-sit her two sons but he is terrible with children and inevitably lets her down. As a result she bluntly informs him that their parents are getting divorced.
Mar 30, 1999 Episode #1.6


Marie and Stuart go to see their parents to discuss matters but the whole relationship is fraught and matters are not helped by the fact that Stuart has never told his parents that he is gay. Vince,however,is much cheered by the attentions of Cameron,whom he begins to date,and who charms Hazel when they visit her. Nathan’s rebellious attitude is,however,causing a problem so Stuart,actually admitting some liability for a change,agrees to talk to the boy. Unfortunately when they arrive at Janice’s house,her estranged husband Roy is there and he makes his feelings about Stuart very clear. Stuart retaliates in flippant fashion,leaving the house with Nathan and leaving matters unresolved. Stuart also learns that Romey,displeased at his failure to visit his son,is planning to marry Lance,an African in order to give him British citizenship.
Apr 6, 1999 Episode #1.7


Stuart throws a lavish, Doctor Who-themed birthday party for Vince’s thirtieth. However,determined to run Vince’s life for him,he stirs it by asking Rosalie and then introducing her to Cameron, a meeting which does not go down well as the scales eventually drop from Rosalie’s eyes and she hurriedly leaves. Stuart gets a call from Lisa. She is unhappy because Romey is going through with her marriage of convenience to Lance and she seeks Stuart’s help in discrediting him,the reward being that he gets to see more of Alfie.
Apr 13, 1999 Episode #1.8


Vince is terrified that Rosalie will out him at work and is surprised by her sympathetic response. He and Cameron attend a function organized by Stuart’s PR company,where Vince sees Stuart being rebuffed by a man he is making a play for. Stuart is devastated by his rejection and starts drinking heavily. Vince tells Cameron he thinks Stuart is shallow and Cameron puts this to the test by asking that they become an official couple. Meanwhile Lance is arrested and faces deportation after fighting a Home Office official. Romey believes that Stuart has squealed on him but the informant turns out to be Nathan,who,having robbed his father’s wallet,heads for London.
Feb 15, 2000 Episode #2.1


Nathan returns from London to live back with Janice. Each is now more understanding of the other and they enjoy laughing at his line in camp boyfriends though Christian is still giving him trouble at school. Vince has broken up with Cameron and is going for promotion at work. Hazel is nonetheless disapproving of the hold that Stuart has on him,especially when they all attend Vince’s half-sister’s wedding and Stuart gets Vince to do a slow dance with him to prove a point. Alexander also attends. His father is dying following a stroke but his parents cast him out on the discovery that he was gay and he feels there can be no reconciliation. Stuart’s young nephew Thomas discovers his gay websites and threatens to out him unless he gives him money. Inevitably Stuart’s reaction is to out himself to his now reconciled parents and as wordily as possible like the drama queen he is. His father is not approving and asks him to stay away from an upcoming family gathering. His mother however is much comforted after being counselled by Hazel and Janice.
Feb 22, 2000 Episode #2.2


Vince is up for promotion to manager against toadying,newly-engaged Graham so Hazel and Bernard employ dirty tricks to secure him the job. Nathan,getting no support from a weak teacher against the homophobic jibes of Christian and his gang,finally stands up for himself but Alexander takes an over-dose after his mother has made him sign an agreement to cut himself out of his father’s will. An irate Stuart takes explosive action but still makes it to Nathan’s birthday party. However Stuart feels Manchester has no more to offer and considers moving to London. Vince suddenly asserts himself as a result of which the pair head West and a caption informs us of the happy endings for their friends and supporters with Nathan becoming King of the World.