Sherlock star and co-creator Mark Gatiss is to oversee a series of specially commissioned theatrical and TV shorts about the gay experience in the UK.
Entitled Queers, the eight 15-minute monologues will chart the gay experience from 1917 to the present day.
The monologues have been commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of Sexual Offences Act and the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality.
“Taking in 1957’s Wolfenden Report, the HIV crisis and the 1967 Act itself, these 15 minute monologues 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 BBC said.
Gatiss said, “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”.
The first monologue, The Man on the Platform, is written by Gatiss and is set in 1917 and tells the story of a young man returning from the trenches and his attraction to another man.
Other writers in the series include Jackie Clune, Keith Jarrett and Brian Ellis.
The monologues will premiere at London’s Old Vic Theatre, before being broadcast on BBC Four.