“Queers” mini-series starring Russell Tovey, Alan Cumming, and Ben Whishaw premiering this week on BBC America

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By TheatreRat

Broadway performers Russell Tovey, Alan Cumming and Ben Whishaw are three of the stars of the LGBTQ mini-series “Queers” set to air this week  on BBC America (check local listings for times) marking the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalized homosexual acts between men in the UK.  The eight part event is curated and directed by Mark Gatiss best known for his work on “Sherlock.”

(photo credit: Mark Gatiss courtesy BBC4)

According to BBCAmerica.com

“[Queers] …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.”

The eight short films (running only about 15 minutes in length each) were originally produced and performed live in association with London’s Old Vic Theatre last summer

“The Man on the Platform” by Mark Gatiss, performed by Jack Derges 
“The Perfect Gentleman” by Jackie Clune, performed by Gemma Whelan 
“I Miss the War” by Matthew Baldwin, performed by Ian Gelder 
“Something Borrowed” by Gareth McLean, performed by Mark Bonnar
“Missing Alice” by Jon Bradfield, performed by Sara Crowe 
“Safest Spot in Town” by Keith Jarrett, performed by Kadiff Kirwan 
“A Grand Day Out” by Michael Dennis, performed by Fionn Whitehead 
“More Anger” by Brian Fillis, performed by Russell Tovey

Here is a sample of what viewers can expect

 

“At this challenging and fluid time, it’s a marvelous opportunity to celebrate LGBT life and culture, to see how far we have come and how far we still have to go,” Gatiss told Variety.

(Main photo credit: BBC 4 website)

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