News: Richard Gadd, Susan Calman, Stephen K Amos and Mark Gatiss Take Part In BBC Gay Britannia Season

Comedians Richard Gadd, Susan Calman, Stephen K Amos. Mark Gatiss and Sandi Toksvig are among the stars taking part in Gay Britannia, a forthcoming BBC season of programming marking the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts that took place in private between two men over the age of 21.

Led by programming on BBC Two and BBC Four, with other content across BBC radio and online, the Gay Britannia season will feature stories that celebrate the LGBTQ community as well as challenging existing preconceptions and prejudices. The season will also cast a fresh light on the history of gay Britain, as well as highlighting just what it means to be gay in Britain today. Contributors announced today include Susan Calman, Andrew Scott, Val McDermid, Olly Alexander, Sandi Toksvig and Simon Callow.

On BBC Two, the season includes 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). Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Richard Gadd (pictured, left) also appears in the drama. Read more about this production here

Pride: The People’s History Of LGBTQ Britain, presented by Susan Calman and Stephen K Amos on BBC Four, reveals the mementos and memorabilia that have the changed the lives of LGBTQ people over the last 50 years.

Also on BBC Four Mark Gatiss offers his and other writers' responses to the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act in Queers.

 

 

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