" Russell T Davies' made his name with this groundbreaking 1999 drama about life on Manchester's gay scene.
The series started as it meant to go on, with the longest and most explicit gay sex scene on British TV before or since, between Stuart, a sexually athletic man in his late 20s and Nathan, a teenage boy.
The 21-year-old British powerhouse plays Katherine, a Victorian lass who's been married off (for the land) by her dad to middle-aged Alexander, a wealthy industrialist's son (Paul Hilton).
In addition to being a sadist, the young man can't get it up.
We have a sense of discipline and style and taste.'' Even so, Joely Richardson and Sean Bean spent a good deal of their screentime bonking.