Just a Girl, CBBC’s brilliant new transgender radio show for children, deserves to be a full television series

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First and foremost, I really would recommend giving it a watch if you haven’t already – it honestly is a very good programme. Just a Girl is astonishingly sweet and heartwarming, and it’s a very well written coming of age story; it does a great job of capturing those complicated and idiosyncratic feelings of starting a new school, and I really think that a lot of CBBC’s core audience would be able to relate to it. Further, it quite deftly handles the matter of transgender issues, and does so in a way that’s well pitched towards young children. Indeed, if any parents or teachers are reading this article, I think that Just a Girl would be a brilliant resource to show to children as a springboard to discuss trans issues, either at home or in school.

So, I heard about this a couple of weeks ago, largely because The Daily Mail were kicking up a fuss about it. Naturally, I then watched it and thought it was brilliant – but I was, admittedly, a little disappointed when I realised I’d misunderstood what exactly it was, and that it was a radio show rather than a television programme. Still, though – it’s a pretty cool piece of work, and it’s one that deserves a much larger audience than it’s currently had.

(A note: I suspect some of the above is clunky – most obviously the title, which I remember deliberating over a lot, and I’m still not convinced I got it quite right. If there’s anything egregious, or anything minor, you think should be changed, please let me know in the comments.)

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