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Good On TV Now : Part IV
 
# 406 : Wednesday 26-4-2017 @ 00:00
 
 

BBC announces major new season, Gay Britannia, marking the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act
Bold and provocative stories celebrate the LGBTQ community

Date: 24.04.2017

Category: BBC Two; BBC Three; BBC Four; Radio 4; Drama; Radio 1; Factual; Commissioning

The BBC today announces Gay Britannia, 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.

Led by programming on BBC Two and BBC Four, with other content across BBC radio and online, the Gay Britannia season will feature bold and provocative 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 ranges from 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); to the first screen drama from best-selling British novelist Patrick Gale, Man In An Orange Shirt, starring Vanessa Redgrave; to important and timely documentaries such as Is It Safe To Be Gay in The UK? which uses testimony and found footage to explore the rise of attacks on lesbian, gay and transgender people.

What Gay Did For Art (BBC Two) celebrates the contribution lesbian and gay people have made to popular culture, the visual arts, literature, theatre and film; while Prejudice and Pride: The People’s History Of LGBTQ Britain, presented by Susan Calman and Stephen K Amos on BBC Four, reveals the precious mementos and memorabilia that have the changed the lives of LGBTQ people over the last 50 years.

Also on BBC Four, Gluck charts the modern British history of female homosexuality and its representation in culture, literature, fashion and art, through the untold story of the celebrated artist Gluck (Hannah Gluckstein, 1895-1978) who defied her contemporaries' definitions of gender and sexuality; and Mark Gatiss offers his and other writers' responses to the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act in Queers.

On BBC Three, Olly Alexander, lead singer of Years and Years and a powerful voice on LGBTQ rights, explores why the gay community is more vulnerable to mental health issues, as he opens up about his own long-term battles with depression in Olly Alexander: Growing Up Gay.

Highlights on BBC Radio include Val McDermid presenting Queer Britain (w/t) on Radio 4, exploring the many ways that the LGBTQ community was accepted, tolerated, despised and ostracised and how this was reflected across culture, society and politics. On Radio 2, a two-part series will celebrate out and proud LGBTQ performers who utilised their sexuality to push boundaries, defining the sound of their generation. On Radio 3, the drama Victim will trace the bravery behind the 1961 film of the same name, which was the first English language film to use the word ‘homosexual’.

Patrick Holland, Channel Controller BBC Two, says: “This is a rich and compelling set of programmes that challenge us all. From the heart-breaking testimony of the men who lived through the years before partial decriminalisation in Against The Law and Patrick Gale’s intensely personal Man In An Orange Shirt, to a documentary revealing the experience of people facing discrimination in the UK today, this season is a powerful examination of how far we have come - whilst also exploring how much further we have to travel.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/gaybritannia
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# 407 : Wednesday 17-5-2017 @ 20:16
 
 
Can't deal...

Your Face Or Mine (which was probably the best game show on TV ever) is back.

On Comedy Central now.

Jimmy Carr is back on (No June Sarpong though which is a little devastating - R.I.P.)

I actually wished for this about a year ago after watching every single episode of it (when it was on 4OD)

Best Day!

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# 408 : Thursday 18-5-2017 @ 23:59
 
 
Count Arthur Strong BBC 1 @8.30.
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# 409 : Wednesday 24-5-2017 @ 17:50
 
 
Couple of shows I'm watching right now

The Expanse
Season 1 is on Netflix and admittedly its a bit hard to get into - this is not background TV - but once it all clicks its an amazing sci-fi show. Season 2 just finished and should be on Netflix in a few months. (Its way way better than Season 1 purely because we know who all the players are now). I'm tempted to re-watch S1 for this reason actually

American Gods
Not sure where this is airing here - you may have to ask your American cousin to VCR it for you. This is surprisingly great, dealing with ancient Gods living in modern times so it kinda has a True Blood vibe to it. I'm not familiar with the book but apparently its hugely popular and the fans love this show. There is some explicit male nudity (cgi) and episode 3 had the most wonderful / emotionally satisfying gay sex scene I have ever seen on a TV show.

Better Call Saul (Netflix)
I've probably enjoyed this series more than Breaking Bad (which was sometimes too tense for its own good) and season 3 has some spectacular episodes so far with a certain purveyor of fried chicken joining the cast.


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# 410 : Saturday 17-6-2017 @ 01:04
 
 
I'll say it again, American Gods is the best show in town this year. The Expanse, Better Call Saul and Little Big Lies have their moments too though. Pity it's only 8 episodes long.

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# 411 : Wednesday 21-6-2017 @ 21:12
 
 
Theres a documentary on RTE 1 @ 9.35pm chronicling the stories of Ireland's LGBT community leading up to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993.
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# 412 : Wednesday 21-6-2017 @ 21:26
 
 
Someone said :
I'll say it again, American Gods is the best show in town this year. The Expanse, Better Call Saul and Little Big Lies have their moments too though. Pity it's only 8 episodes long.

Is it only on Starz and Amazon, or is it on the likes of Netflix or Living or SyFy too?

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# 413 : Monday 24-7-2017 @ 20:27
 
 
Love Island FINALE!!

Camilla has to win. Her journey has been the best, the nation cried throughout with her, and her love story spanning 3 weeks with Jamie has been the greatest love story of all.

If not Camilla and Jamie then Kem and Amber.

I hope whoever wins anyway steals the £50,000 from their boyfriend / girlfriend.

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# 414 : Wednesday 26-7-2017 @ 21:03
 
 
BBC2, 90 minute gay drama.
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# 415 : Monday 7-8-2017 @ 23:07
 
 
Just saw ,man in an orange shirt, BBC Jesus it was wonderful
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