Mark Gatiss will be heading a new series for the BBC exploring 100 years of gay life in Britain.
Gatiss, the Sherlock co-creator who plays the role of Mycroft Holmes on the show has collected eight dramatic shorts set for BBC Four in July, after a run on state at the Old Vic in London.
Titled under the series name Queers, each of the eight standalone monologues come from different writers and explore different aspects of gay life in Britain throughout the 20th and 21st century.
According to Attitude, the series will:
“Mark and celebrate some of the most poignant, funny, entertaining, tragic and riotous moments of British gay history and the very personal rites of passage of gay Britons through the last 100 years.”
The first in the series is “The Man on the Platform,” written by Gatiss and set in 1917. The short explores the life of a young man following World War One who finds himself attracted to another man.
Other vignettes in the series show the 1957 recommendation that homosexuality be decriminalized in Britain, the Wolfenden Report, the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which finally decriminalized homosexual relations for adult men in England and Wales, and the HIV epidemic of the 1980s.
Gatiss said about the series:
“I’m thrilled and delighted to have been asked to curate this exciting series from both established LGBT writers and a whole host of new talent fresh to the screen. It’s a privilege to be working with such brilliant writers and actors.
“At this challenging and fluid time, it’s a marvellous opportunity to celebrate LGBT life and culture, to see how far we have come and how far we still have to go.”