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Friday, November 24 2017 @ 05:52 GMT

BBC

'Gay Britannia'

A Major New Season of Programmes from the BBC


The BBC is going to broadcast a 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.

There will be programmes on BBC Two, Three and Four as well as BBC Radio. The season will show the history of gay Britain and also what it means to be gay in Britain today. Contributors will include Andrew Scott, Val McDermid, Olly Alexander, Sandi Toksvig and Simon Callow.

On BBC Two there is the play 'Against the Law' about the journalist Peter Wildeblood who was found guilty of homosexuality in the 1950's, in the infamous Montagu Trial. 'What Gay Did For Art' also on BBC Two celebrates the contribution lesbian and gay people have made to popular culture, art, literature, theatre and film.

' The People's History of LGBTQ Britain' on BBC Four explores the momentos and memorabilia that have changed the lives of LGBTQ people over the past 50 years.

There is a great deal of information from the BBC on the range of programmes over the next few months  so you can either Google 'Gay Britannia' or use the link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/corporate2/mediacentre/mediapacks/gaybritannia

Actual broadcasting dates have not been announced as yet so keep an eye on the schedules over the coming weeks. It promises to be an exciting time to have so much attention on the LGBTQ community.