50 Years: The BBC Monologues

BBC / Richard Ansett

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act the BBC are broadcasting a series of eight monologues, telling the stories of fictional characters all set in the same pub.

The stories told in Queers range across time from before the 1967 Act to the modern day, with actors including Alan Cumming, Gemma Whelan, Rebecca Front and Russell Tovey. The tales range from a soldier returning from the trenches recalling the ‘love that dare not speak its name’ and London during the Blitz through to the impact of HIV/AIDS and the 1994 parliamentary battle which nearly managed to equalise the age of consent.

Series director Mark Gatiss commented of the programmes: “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”.

The series starts Monday and you can find it on the iPlayer here.