Synopsis by Rebecca Flint Marx
What happens when an openly gay man embarks on a romantic relationship with an openly straight woman? That's the question director Russell T. Davies attempts to answer in Bob & Rose, a British TV series bearing certain similarities to Davies' other TV creation, the incredibly successful Queer as Folk. Bob & Rose is also set in Manchester, and offers such familiar and beloved images as cruising on Canal St., gay pub crawls, and lots of lovely and often only partially clad men. One scene habitue is Bob, a happily gay schoolteacher who one day makes the acquaintance of Rose while the two are trying to hail a cab. They make a connection, but then part ways. Rose senses potential with Bob, and, after tracking him down, the two go on a first date. A relationship begins to form, but comes up against considerable pressure from not only Bob's friends, but also his mother, a political organizer who uses Bob's sexuality as a tool for her causes. Will the relationship prevail? And will anybody learn to say the word "bisexual?" Six episodes in all, Bob & Rose was screened at the 2002 Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.