Gay Britannia – a season of programming on the BBC
The BBC is showcasing a season of programmes dedicated to LGBT+ life in Britain, called ‘Gay Britannia’, marking 50 years since The Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over the age of 21. A mix of dramas and documentary across television, online and radio, Gay Britannia season will feature bold and provocative stories, celebrating the LGBT+ community as well as challenging existing preconceptions and prejudices.
On BBC Three, lead singer of the pop group ‘Years and Years’ and a powerful voice on LGBTQ rights, will front a BBC Three documentary; Olly Alexander, Growing Up Gay, looking at why LGBT+ people are more vulnerable to experiencing mental health issues, as he discusses his own experiences with depression. In the film Olly will join young people on their journeys battling issues that parallel his own – from homophobic bullying to eating and anxiety disorders – and along the way he’ll ask what can be done to address them.
BBC Two will broadcast the compelling drama Against the Law, starring Daniel Mays as journalist Peter Wildeblood who was found guilty of homosexuality in the 1950s in the explosive Montagu Trial.
Stephen K Amos, will present a BBC Four documentary Prejudice And Pride:The People’s History of LGBTQ Britain. The series will reveal the precious mementos and memorabilia that have the changed the lives of LGBTQ people over the last 50 years. Other shows announced by the BBC include Is It Safe to be Gay in the UK? and the intensely personal BBC One two part drama, Man in an Orange Shirt, written by bestselling novelist Patrick Gale, in his first work for television, which will be accompanied by a profile documentary of the author.
Already available (from May 7th) on BBC iPlayer and BBC Three on YouTube is a series of six episodes called Queer Britain, presented by Irish YouTuber and journalist Riyadh Khalaf, getting under the skin of queer culture and shining a light on the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community.