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Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves

This award-winning Swedish drama about a young gay couple in the 1980s hits the UK

To coincide with World AIDS Day, the UK's BBC Four are to air a three part drama series, set in 1980s Stockholm about love under the shadow of the AIDS epidemic.

Written by Swedish author Jonas Gardell and based on his series of books of the same title, the mini-series focuses
on the romance story between the 19-year-old Rasmus (Adam Pålsson) and his the love of his life Benjamin (Adam Lundgren) fear and hysteria about AIDS starts to grow around them.

Aside from dealing simply with AIDS and its effect on the lovers, the series also tackles many of the issues that continue to be faced by the gay community around the world to this day, such as coming out and ostracism from the family.

After its first airing in Sweden last year, the series was met with huge critical acclaim and picked up a Kristellan (Swedish Emmy) for Best Television Drama. Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves also won the Audience Award at the Series Mania Festival in Paris last April, in competition with American TV dramas such as Game Of Thrones and House Of Cards.

Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves looks like it’ll be a poignant and touching tribute to those who have been affected by AIDS right across the world.

Catch it in the UK on BBC Four on Monday 2 December.

Words: Jack Rear (@JackSaysPurple).

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