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GAY BRITANNIA Celebrating LGBTQ+ History in Britain

by | Read by Graham Norton, Susan Calman, Alan Carr, Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry, Dr. Shahidha Bari, Simon Callow, Ben Hunte, et al.

Contemporary Culture • 8.5 hrs. • Audio Program • © 2019

BBC Radio has curated an intimate and thoughtful collection of LGBTQ-focused interviews, essays, and reportage in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalized private homsexual acts. Journalist and "Gay Britannia" host Ben Hunte engages with notable British denizens about their lives and hopes for the future. Musicians, performers, and film directors reflect on their artistic and personal influences. England's colonial legacy is also explored through the laws and social attitudes governing LGBTQ citizens of Zambia. The production culminates with the emotionally and culturally complex experience of two men planning their wedding. The cadence of everyday speech, stand-up comedy with live audience reactions, and studied performance tones contribute to a radio-style listening experience. A solid production is marred only by its lack of clear section transitions. J.R.T. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2019]

Digital Download • BBC Digital Audio • 2019

DD ISBN $19.62

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