WATCH: Explaining U.K.-Scotland Relationship as Gay Romantic Comedy

By Thom Senzee

Originally published on Advocate.com August 29 2014 6:52 PM ET

A new Web series offers a comedic and particularly gay perspective on the sometimes-tense relationship between England and Scotland, which is formally a part of the United Kingdom but has historically entertained efforts to gain independence since the 18th century, reports the BBC

The forthcoming series, titled United Queendom, is directed by Bob Denham, who made his name similarly spoofing the European Union's financial bailout of Greece as the interactions of a squabbling couple in 2012. His latest series pits actor Damien Hughes as Scott, against actor Daniel Page's Adrian, humorously highlighting the idiosyncrasies of Scotland and England — just as the latter country considers going its own way in reality with a coming referendum, notes PinkNews.

“Politics should be poked fun at," Page told PinkNews. "I think it is actually a way of people engaging, and in a way understand[ing] what is going on.”

For his part, Denham says he's just trying to fill a hole in public discourse about the possible separation of England and Scotland, after hundreds of contentious years, buttressed lately by an unusually amicable past few years.

“I just felt the whole debate was missing something very British — humor,” Denham said.

Watch as Adrian and Scott bicker over royalties from Scott's bath oils business in the trailer below. 

Contributor: 
Thom Senzee