Sherlock’s co-creator Mark Gatiss’s latest project is extremely important for the survival of our collective gay history. A new project of shorts for the BBC Four will retell stories of the UK gay experience from the better part of the last century. The show, Queers, will feature 15-minute monologues performed and filmed on the stage of the Old Vic theater in London. Filming will begin in July, and will be aired at a later date.
The Dr. Who actor said in a statement: “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,” he went on.
So far, not all the writers and talent have been announced but BBC has confirmed that actress and singer Jacki Clune and Brian Fills are set to write a piece as well as the Guardian journalist Gareth McLean and former UK poetry champion Keith Jarret will make their TV debut.
According to BBC Four: “[the pieces 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”.
Correction: a previous version of this article credited Mark Gatiss as the co-creator of Dr. Who, he is not.