The BBC have announced today that they will air a season of programming marking the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, entitled Gay Britannia.
Led by programming on BBC Two and Four, with other content across BBC radio and online, the Gay Britannia season will feature stories celebrating the LGBTQ community, to celebrate the act which partially decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over 21 in England and Wales.
The season which features shows fronted by the likes of Susan Calman, Andrew Scott, Olly Alexander and Sandi Toksvig, will also cast a light on the history of gay Britain and look at the effects of growing up gay in the current age.
BBC Two will air gripping dramas, such as Against The Law, which acts out the story of journalist Peter Wildeblood who was found guilty of homosexuality in the 1950s in the Montagu Trial, as well as documentaries such as Is It Safe to be Gay in the UK? which explores the rise of attacks on lesbian, gay and transgender people following Brexit.
BBC Three are also set to launch a brand new series, Queer Britain, presented by YouTuber Riyadh Khalaf in May, with a weekly series of six episodes. It will look at queer culture and the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community.
They will also air Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander’s Growing Up Gay, which sees him join young people on their journeys battling issues surrounding mental health.
Elsewhere, BBC Four will air two episodes of Prejudice and Pride: The People’s History of LGBT Britain, while will see LGBT+ people reflect on the past 50 years since the partial decriminalization was passed.
Over on BBC Radio, Gay Britannia will be covered across Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 4 and 6 Music, looking at topics from the importance of coming out videos to how the law has influenced today’s culture.
Words Rob Henderson