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Ben Whishaw, Alan Cumming, Russell Tovey to Headline BBC’s ‘Queers’

11 May 2017 7:23 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ben Whishaw, Alan Cumming and Russell Tovey are set to headline “Queers,” a new series of one-off monologues for BBC Four curated and directed by “Sherlock” co-creator Mark Gatiss.

The eight-episode series, which is currently in production, is produced by BBC Studios in partnership with London’s famous Old Vic theater, which will stage all eight 15-minute monologues in July ahead of their television transmission.

The series was commissioned by the BBC to mark the 50th anniversary this year of the U.K.’s landmark Sexual Offenses Act, which partially de-criminalized sex between men. The monologues, written by eight different new and established writers, including Gatiss, will explore some of the most poignant, funny, tragic and riotous moments of British gay history and the personal rites of passage of British gay men through the last 100 years.

“James Bond” star Whishaw, who won a BAFTA Television Award for best actor for his role as Richard II in “The Hollow Crown »

- Robert Mitchell

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‘Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss To Curate BBC’s ‘Queers’; ‘Berlin Station’ Rolls Into Europe – Global Briefs

28 March 2017 3:40 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In an effort to discover and support a next-generation of voices in front of and behind the camera, the BBC is embarking on a series of initiatives including training programs and an Lgbt project curated by Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss. Queers has been written by a group of up-and-upcoming Lgbt writers for BBC Four. There are eight 15-minute monologues (penned by Keith Jarrett, Jon Bradfield, Gareth McLean, Matthew Baldwin, Michael Dennis, Jackie Clune, Brian Fillis… »

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