Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV

 
 
The History Press
  • erschienen am 22. November 2019
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  • 224 Seiten
 
E-Book
978-0-7509-9363-0 (ISBN)
 
THE TELEVISION SET - the humble box in the corner of almost every British household - has brought about some of the biggest social changes in modern times. It gives us a window into the lives of people who are different from us: different classes, different races, different sexualities. And through this window, we've learnt that, perhaps, we're not so different after all. Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV looks at gay male representation on and off the small screen - from the programmes that hinted at homoeroticism to Mary Whitehouse's Clean Up TV campaign, and The Naked Civil Servant to the birth of Channel 4 as an exciting 'alternative' television channel. Here, acclaimed social historian Stephen Bourne tells the story of the innovation, experimentation, back-tracking and bravery that led British television to help change society for the better.
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STEPHEN BOURNE is the author of 18 books, including Brief Encounters: Lesbians and Gays in British Cinema 1930-71. From 1992 to 2001 he annually curated lesbian- and gay-themed TV retrospectives for the National Film Theatre. He has an MPhil from De Montfort University for his thesis on gay representation in British television drama, and an Honorary Fellowship from London South Bank University. He lives in London.
  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Foreword by Mark Gatiss
  • Foreword by Russell T Davies
  • Acknowledgements
  • Author's Note
  • The Golden Age of British Television
  • Preface
  • Out of the Archives
  • Part 1: 1930s to 1950s
  • 1 Homosexuality, the Law and the Birth of Television
  • 2 Douglas Byng and Auntie
  • 3 Patrick Hamilton's Rope
  • 4 Stephen Harrison and Edward II
  • 5 Post-War Television and Law Reform
  • 6 Peter Wyngarde and South
  • Part 2: 1960s
  • 7 On Trial
  • 8 Ena Sharples' Father
  • 9 John Hopkins and Z Cars ('Somebody . Help')
  • 10 The Wednesday Play
  • 11 The Wednesday Play That Got Away
  • 12 Meanwhile, on the 'Other Side' (ITV)
  • 13 Soap Gets in Your Eyes
  • Part 3: 1970s
  • 14 A Handful of Ridiculed Gesticulations
  • 15 Early 1970s Drama
  • 16 Roll on Four O'Clock and Penda's Fen
  • 17 Upstairs, Downstairs
  • 18 At Home with Larry Grayson?
  • 19 The Naked Civil Servant
  • 20 The Year of the Big Flood
  • 21 Schuman's Follies
  • 22 Burgess, Blasphemy and Bennett
  • 23 Play for Today: Coming Out
  • 24 Only Connect
  • Part 4: 1980s
  • 25 Drew Griffiths and Something for the Boys
  • 26 And the Winner is .
  • 27 Auntie's Dramas
  • 28 EastEnders
  • 29 Two of Us
  • 30 Are We Being Served?
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography
  • About the Author

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