This sweet, heartwarming adaptation of Alice Oseman’s web comic about love between two British grammar school boys is wholesome to the point of retro – and like a hug in TV form

It is unutterably sweet and wholesome, and by the end of its zippy eight episodes, it leaves the sensation of being on the receiving end of a solid hug .

The adults are practically nonexistent, bar the odd cameo from a parent and Stephen Fry, whose voice appears as the headteacher speaking over the Tannoy. 

Charlie joins the rugby team, in part to pursue his crush on Nick, but also to protest against the idea that he won’t be any good since he is supposed to be a certain type of gay boy. 

It nods to its origins as a graphic novel with moments of animation, particularly when emotions run high.