This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legalization of homosexuality in Britain. To celebrate this historic event, Channel 4 in the U.K. is airing a series of documentaries exploring different facets of queer life in Britain.
The latest special, 50 Shades of Gay, aired last week and was written and hosted by actor Rupert Everett. The stage and screen star took viewers on a tour around Britain as he explored various places such as a public toilet in Manchester where gay men used to meet decades ago to the “lesbian capital of Britain.”
Everett also interviews stars who play gay on the U.K. soap, Hollyoaks, along with the former royal butler to the royal family, Paul Burrell, and men who used to frequent the gay bars that Everett did as a teenager.
In the scene in the gay bar you will also get to hear Everett speak Polari, the secret language spoken by British gay men before it was decriminalized.
If you don’t have access to Channel 4 then you’re in luck because 50 Shades of Gay has been uploaded to YouTube, so you should add it to your queue for your weekend watching.
In addition to 50 Shades of Gay, Channel 4 will also be airing specials on the AIDS epidemic, great buildings in gay history, homosexuality in pop culture and more.
Watch Everett’s fascinating special below.