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Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV

By Stephen Bourne

9780750990134

ISBN: 9780750990134

Published: 01-11-2019


Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV

By Stephen Bourne

ISBN: 9780750990134

Published: 01-11-2019

About This Book

With homosexuality only being partially decriminalised in the UK in 1967, the progression of LGBTQ rights and representation has seen marked improvement, especially over the last decade. One of the primary influencers for that change in social perception has been the small screen: from its invention in 1927, the television set has found its place in virtually every home in the country, and from its programming the attitudes of its viewers are shaped and moulded. Stephen Bourne tracks the history of gay representation in British TV from its golden age through to the dawn of a new era with Channel 4. From being taboo, through to the founding of the liberation movement and onwards to acceptance and worldwide pride, Bourne catalogues the efforts of the BBC and independent broadcasters - the innovation, experimentation and risks they took to encourage progression, to challenge (but sometimes reinforce) homophobia and to promote acceptance of gay relationships. Also delving into events behind scenes involving both acceptance and prejudice against those in the industry, no stone is left unturned in this full story of playing gay on the small screen.

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