Mark Gatiss, who plays Holmes’s brother in Sherlock, has announced a new TV project that will chronicle the last century of gay life in Britain. Queers, the series, will comprise of eight 15-minute monologues to be aired on BBC this summer, after being staged at the Old Vic theatre in London.
It will begin with The Man on the Platform, which is set in 1917 and has been written by Gatiss himself who said,
““I’m thrilled and delighted to have been asked to curate this exciting series from both established LGBT writers and a whole host of new talent fresh to the screen. It’s a privilege to be working with such brilliant writers and actors. At this challenging and fluid time, it’s a marvellous opportunity to celebrate LGBT life and culture, to see how far we have come and how far we still have to go.”
According to BBC Four, Queers will
“mark and celebrate some of the most poignant, funny, entertaining, tragic and riotous moments of British gay history and the very personal rites of passage of gay Britons through the last 100 years.”
Other pieces, like the Wolfenden Report of 1957, which recommended homosexuality should no longer be considered a crime, as well as the 1967 Sexual Offences Act which partially decriminalised gay relationships in England and Wales will be featured, along with the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. (via Gay Times)