Martin Freeman stars as Danny Reed who wakes up after an accident to find he’s a gorgeous woman in her early 30s in Boy Meets Girl, a new 4 part drama from ITV which airs next month.
Finishing work for the night, Reed heads off to the electricity power yard to steal some copper wiring to pay off his debts. It’s raining as he climbs out of his ‘borrowed’ van. A few yards nearby him in the lay-by Veronica Burton (Rachael Stirling) pulls up having run out of petrol.
When a flash of lightning strikes the pylon and there’s a huge explosion and Danny wakes up in hospital and is horrified to discover he’s no longer Danny Reed – he’s now a gorgeous woman in her early 30s.
Totally freaked out, he struggles to get his head around the fact that his own body has disappeared without trace, and he’s inside someone else’s.
Danny’s first impulse is to find out where the person he used to be has gone. But what dawns on him fairly quickly is that no-one knows and no-one is missing him apart from friends Pete (Marshall Lancaster) and Fiona (Angela Griffin). He seems to have simply disappeared, but that doesn’t stop him trying to find out where Danny went. In the meantime, Danny has to get his head round being stuck as Veronica – which means learning to be a woman, a fashion journalist, and living a totally different life with Veronica’s boyfriend Jay (Paterson Joseph).
As he begins to live Veronica’s life and meet her friends he starts to realise that she was having an affair with her best friend’s boyfriend and is less than enthused by her job as a fashion journalist. Meanwhile, Veronica is completely disorientated in her new male body and at a loss as to what to do, she’s forced to beg on the streets. At Veronica’s flat that night, as Jay makes it clear to a horrified Danny (Veronica) that he’s looking for romance, Danny spots his old self on the news in the middle of an angry demonstration.
ITV1, Friday, 1 May 2009, 9:00PM