BBC announces new TV season celebrating LGBTQ content
The BBC has announced a new LGBTQ-themed season of content to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexuality in Britain.
The news comes after Channel 4 announced a similar season of content, which will include a documentary about same-sex parenting fronted by Hollyoaks‘ Kieron Richardson.
The new BBC season will be titled ‘Gay Britannia’ and feature bold new stories about the LGBTQ community, as well as highlighting challenges, pressures and unseen histories. Comedian Susan Calman, actor Andrew Scott, crime writer Val McDermid, musician Olly Alexander, QI host Sandi Toksvig and actor Simon Callow will all play a role in the new season.
Included in the season will be the explosive new BBC Two dramas Against The Law about journalist Peter Wildeblood, who was convicted of homosexuality in the 1950s; as well as a compelling new drama Man In An Orange Shirt, starring Vanessa Redgrave.
Timely documentaries will also form a large part of the season, including the important Is It Safe To Be Gay In The UK? on BBC Two, which will explore the prevalence of LGBTQ hate crimes within the UK.
An exploration of the LGBTQ’s community’s contribution to popular culture, What Gay Did For Art, will also appear on BBC Two, as well as Susan Calman and Stephen K Amos’s Prejudice and Pride: The People’s History Of LGBTQ Britain, a new history on the memorabilia that has changed the lives of LGBTQ people in the last 50 years.
On BBC Four, Gluck will front a new documentary of the history of female homosexuality and its representation in the arts, while writers including Mark Gatiss will offer their take on the the 50th-anniversary celebrations in Queers.
On BBC Three, musician Olly Alexander will open up about his long-term struggles with mental health and its impact within the gay community in Olly Alexander: Growing Up Gay.