(The Independent) Boy Meets Girl sounds like scores of sitcom treatments the BBC receives each year: Leo meets Judy, they bond over drinks and arrange a date. His mother despairs of her 26-year-old son seeing a 40-year-old woman but he’s absolutely besotted.

Except that this isn’t Cougar Town transplanted to the North of England. Nor is it May to December with the sexes reversed. Because Judy is transgender and played by transgender actor Rebecca Root. And Boy Meets Girl is funny, sensitive and progressive but unquestionably a mainstream comedy. Transgender characters on television are undergoing a transition – already Modupe Adeyeye’s Hollyoaks character has revealed herself to be a transgender woman – and now a British comedy is poised to confirm this transition.

In the US, trans actor Laverne Cox has won plaudits for her role as Sophia in the acclaimed prison saga Orange Is the New Black, which returns to Netflix for a second season on 6 June. Cox, who was controversially left off Time’s recent 100 Most Influential People list, despite receiving more reader votes than cover stars Beyoncé and Rihanna, has claimed that she was inspired by Candis Cayne in 2007’s Dirty Sexy Money, the first transwoman to have a recurring role in a primetime show.

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