My Transsexual Summer

Episode 1

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

This is one of those series that sounds worrying: is it going to be a point-and-laugh freak show or a sensitive approach to a tricky subject? The idea is that seven transsexual men and women gather in a country house to share their experiences.

They’re at various stages of changing their bodies and their lives: Drew has lived for five years as a woman, while Sarah is just starting out: “There’s no future for me as a guy,” she says. “I hate myself.” Fox, in the early stages of female-to-male transformation explains, “I’ve got to go through this to get to a place where my outside reflects my inside.” It’s sensitively made but there are still eye-opening moments as we learn the, ahem, ins and outs of surgery and coming out to your family.

About this programme

Seven transgender men and women convene at a summer retreat, where they share a mutual understanding of what it is like to be a transsexual in Britain today. In various stages of gender reassignment, the group members include 22-year-old Lewis, who was born female and, at the age of six, told his mother that he felt like a boy trapped in a girl's body. He and his fellow transsexuals share experiences and provide an insight into the problems and prejudices they face in everyday life.

Cast and crew


Executive Producer
Meredith Chambers
Executive Producer
Sam Whittaker
Series Producer
Helen Richards