Monday, January 28, 2008

The BBC and the Closet

Behind-the-scenes documentary on the BBC's policy in dealing with gay men.

Chris Ledgard recalls the battle within the BBC to make programmes about homosexuality in the 1950s and 60s. Contributors include former homosexual law reform campaigner Antony Grey, pioneering documentary maker Colin Thomas and historian Jean Seaton.

The BBC and the Closet
Tuesday 29 January
BBC Radio 4 FM

* How gays first came out on air - Related article in The Times
* Tuned Out - the BBC's portrayal of lesbian and gay people - Stonewall report published in March 2006

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Oh spineless BBC! Your trail for this program spoke of “homosexual activity” and the program used: “sexual behaviour” “sexual preferences” “practising homosexuals” but never the simple word, found in every dictionary, b - - - - - y which, were I to write it here would kill this posting. Yet the B-word is precisely WHY male homosexuality gets such a “bad press” – why else would female homosexuality pass almost unnoticed? So: next time you approach the subject, let’s call a spade a spade, bite the bullet and call the program “BBC and B - - - - - -. You mentioned Oscar Wilde in the program; I think he is laughing at you from the grave.