The BBC is to run a selection of programmes across all platforms to celebrate gay culture in Britain.
Suitably titled The Gay Britannia Season, the event aligns itself with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK, as a way to celebrate all things proud and gay within British culture. The programmes will be broadcasting on the BBC Two, BBC Three, and BBC Four channels as well as across all BBC radio stations.
Highlights to come from Gay Brittania include BBC Three’s Growing Up Gay documentary, following Year and Years’ Olly Alexander as he sheds light on the gay community and how it’s still vulnerable when it comes to mental health. Also airing on BBC Three is a drama starring Rogue One actor, Daniel Mays, about journalist Peter Wildebood, who in the 1950s’ was found guilty of homosexuality in the infamous Montagu court case.
Along with a documentary titled Is It Safe To Be Gay in the UK?, which will document the rise in hate crimes against the LGBT+ community, using found footage in order to demonstrate the severity of it. On the radio side of the BBC, there’ll be many broadcasts taking place, such as Val McDermid’s Radio 4 show Queer Britain, which will document the ways the LGBT+ community have been treated over the years. Along with a drama looking at the 1961 film Victim, which was the first English-language film to contain the word ‘homosexual’.