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Ben Whishaw, Russell Tovey, Alan Cumming, Are “Queers” On BBC America

One pub, eight monologues, and 100 years of British gay history.

BBC America will air Queers, an eight-part short film series about the British gay experience, Variety reports.

As we reported earlier this year, Queers was curated and directed by gay Sherlock co-creator and star Mark Gatiss. All set in the same pub, the eight 15-minute monologues chronicle a century of gay life in the U.K.
 

The Queers cast includes Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Russell Tovey, Rebecca Front, Gemma Whelan, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan, and Dunkirk breakout Fionn Whitehead.

Whishaw (London Spy) plays a soldier returning from WWI in the monologue The Man on the Platform; Tovey (Looking), currently on stage in London’s Angels in America, plays a gay actor in the 1980s in More Anger; and Cumming (The Good Wife) reflects on modern gay marriage in Something Borrowed.

“Brilliantly written and performed, these monologues may be compact but they are brimful of humor, heartbreak, joy, humanity, and tenderness,” says BBC America president Sarah Barnett in a statement.
 

The Queers monologues, which were staged last month at a London theater before the series debuted on BBC Four, were penned by LGBT writers to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalized homosexual acts between men in England and Wales. Other topics addressed in Queers include the Wolfenden Report of 1957, which proposed ending the criminalization of homosexuality in the U.K., and the AIDS crisis.

“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.

Queers premieres October 14 on BBC America.

Watch the trailer below.
 

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