04/09/2015 08:12 BST | Updated 04/09/2015 08:59 BST

'Boy Meets Girl': Viewers Praise BBC Two's New Transgender-Centric Sitcom, Starring Rebecca Root And Denise Welch

Denise Welch and the cast of ‘Boy Meets Girl’ were met with overwhelming praise from viewers, as the new transgender-centric sitcom launched last night (3 September).

The groundbreaking show, which is set in Newcastle, tells the story of two families coming together, as their respective son and daughter fall in love.

It just so happens that Judy is a trans woman, as is Rebecca Root, the actress who plays her, marking the first time a transgender star has been cast in a leading role in a UK sitcom.

Denise Welch, Rebecca Root and Harry Hepple

Fans took to Twitter in their droves to praise the "heartwarming" and "wonderful" show:

There were a lot of celebrity fans too:

Denise herself then took to the social media site to thank fans for their kind words about the show’s debut:

Before the series began, Denise told of how she believed the show would change the way people think about transgender issues.

What I’ve been saying is that it will undoubtedly gently educate people who watch it who have no idea about the subject of and issues around transgender, but it’s not about hammering any message home,” she told The Mirror.

‘Boy Meets Girl’ continues next Thursday at 9.30pm on BBC Two.

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