Years and Years on BBC title card: Who is Andrew Smith? Why is it dedicated to him?

Years and Years tonight (Tuesday, June 18) on BBC One ended with a touching tribute to Andrew Smith. A title card read: “In memory of Andrew Smith (1963-2018). Russell T Davies, who wrote all of Years and Years, spoke to the Radio Times about Andrew and the role he had played in his life.

Who is Andrew Smith?

Andrew Smith was the husband of Years and Years writer Russell T Davies.

Smith, who married Davies in 2012, died in 2018 following after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011.

Davies told the Radio Times that prior to Smith’s death, he took two and a half years away from writing to care for his husband.

He said: “We had seven years of that illness together, and it’s lovely to come and talk about my shows, but that’s the greatest work I’ll ever do on this Earth.

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“I surprised myself because I thought my work was more important to me.

“He was a bit disabled but quite able-bodied so I didn’t have to do the dirty end of caring, but nonetheless I was there.

“He wasn’t steady on the stairs, so I was with him night and day to help him and get every meal ready.”

Speaking about how he had met his husband, Davies said they met in a club: “At 10 to two in the morning.”

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He met Smith in the late 1990s as the writer was working on his breakout show, Channel 4’s Queer as Folk.

He said of Smith: “He was so handsome. Across the club I could not believe that there was this handsome man and he was looking at me.”

In an interview with Wales Online, Davies said he agreed to marry his husband after turning him down multiple times.

However, after the tumour was diagnosed and Smith was given a three percent chance of survival, he finally said yes.

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He said of this: “I only got married ’cos he was so ill. I mean, I had to be dragged kicking and screaming down that aisle.

“It was a hilariously sad wedding, just six people, but that day we had the biggest laugh, because it was so tragic, so wonderful.

“They were laughing at the look on my face when I had to get married at last.

“And Andrew, bless him, who was on steroids, he was a great big whale, and loving it, loving every second of it.”

Years and Years concludes tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

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