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ITV's Butterfly wins viewers over with sensitive portrayal of a transgender child's experience

ITV’s new show Butterfly is already being praised by viewers as “important” and “powerful” following its debut.

The series, which premiered on ITV last night (October 14), stars former Hollyoaks actor Emmett J Scanlan and Pushing Daisies‘ Anna Friel as a separated couple whose child Max has identified as a female since a young age and increasingly shows signs of gender variance.

Described by ITV as a “beautiful story about a young boy on the cusp of puberty who doesn’t feel comfortable in his own body”, Butterfly fans were quick to share their views on Twitter.

One wrote: “Am very impressed with #Butterfly on ITV. It’s powerful and sometimes painful to watch but feels like it could be a game-changer in helping the general public empathise with the trans experience – so one day life might not be so difficult for trans kids. An exciting prospect!”

Another shared: “#Butterfly is truth. #Butterfly is an example of the lived experience of trans youth everywhere, and memories within many trans adults today. Supporting trans youth isn’t ‘transing’, it’s good parenting.”

A third tweeted: “As a trans guy and going through my own journey watching things like this is genuinely so hard but I’m so glad it’s being shown in such a realistic way and I hope more people come to realise that trans people are just normal people that just want to live authentically.”

As well as Scanlan and Friel, Butterfly stars Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey), Paula actor Sean McGinley and child star Callum Booth-Ford as Max/Maxine.

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