The BBC in London have been making a whole slew of excellent queer TV programs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act — which partially decriminalized homosexual acts between men in the UK. Finally they are showing a series on eight short films called QUEERS in the US on their BBC America Channel all throughout the day on Wednesday October 11th : National Coming Out Day.
Curated and directed by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), the films star Alan Cumming (After Louie), Ben Whishaw (London Spy), Rebecca Front (Humans), Russell Tovey (Looking), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Ian Gelder (Game of Thrones), Kadiff Kirwan (Black Mirror) and Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk).
The films are written by Matthew Baldwin, Jon Bradfield, Michael Dennis, Keith Jarrett, and Gareth McLean, who are writing for television for the first time, alongside established screenwriters Jackie Clune, Brian Fillis and Gatiss himself.
These eight monologues will explore some of the most poignant, funny, tragic and riotous moments of British gay history and the very personal rites-of-passage of British gay men through the last one hundred years. If you miss them today (shame!) then you can binge watch all eight excellent short films the following day, Thursday October 12, on VOD, at BBCAmerica.com and on the BBCA app.