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Two of Us (25 Mar. 1988)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Rush ...
Matthew
Lee Whitlock ...
Phil
Jenny Jay ...
Sharon
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Suzie (as Zoe Nathenson)
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Vera
James McKenna ...
Teacher
Martha Constantinou ...
School Kid
Abbie Dabner ...
School Kid
Jimmy Demetriou ...
School Kid
Ivor Dore ...
School Kid
Kelda Holmes ...
School Kid
Adam Smith ...
School Kid
Judy Gridley ...
Phil's Mother
John Judd ...
Matthew's Father
Gordon Salkilld ...
Car Driver
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Matthew is a boy who just left school. He is handsome and athletic and believes himself to be gay. He retains a friendship with only one school friend, Phil, who has stuck by Matthew despite hostile reactions from his peers. As their relationship grows more intense, Phil's girlfriend Sharon and his classmates become vindictive and aggressive. The two friends find themselves ostracized by both friends and family and decide to run away. Written by Chris Abbenhuis <keller@telebyte.nl>

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Originally made for the BBC Schools TV series "Scene". During Margaret Thatcher government's reign the BBC was worried by the pro-gay storyline though, made several cuts and a new "choose straight" ending. The film also had to be shown at night. It has subsequently been shown in daytime and with the cuts and ending restored. See more »

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Phil: Sharon, meet my boyfriend, Matthew! Matthew, meet my girlfriend, Sharon!
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truth and beauty
21 May 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Twenty years ago I fell in love with this little gem, its message, and its two extraordinary leads. I have treasured my VHS copy of this heart-rending and -warming sixty-minute film. I am delighted it is now on DVD and may reach the wider audience it deserves.

Phil (Lee Whitlock) is an ebullient high school lad who loves two people: his best mate Matthew (stunning Jason Rush), and his banal, mean-spirited girlfriend. She wants him to choose between the two. Considering Matthew's meltingly blue eyes, that seems too easy. In any case, Phil has no problem with his bisexuality and considers himself twice blessed. But not everyone shares his joy: the boys are taunted, intimidated, threatened, and attacked by classmates and family, receive no help from school authorities, and are hassled by police. Matthew and Phil run off on a "honeymoon" to find a place where they can be themselves. Cue up 'Somewhere' from West Side Story. They end up at a seaside resort, where Phil's girlfriend shows up and pressures him to return home with her -- and leave Matthew. The boys find that the most important thing is, no matter who is against them, they have each other.

One cannot help but fall in love with Phil and Matthew as they fall in love with each other. Their beauty, innocence, and struggle for freedom will melt your heart and may even restore your faith in our future.

It's hard to imagine how such a sweet story could offend anyone but, after much controversy in England, it ended up being shown at midnight though it was made for an after-school audience. The BBC, apparently, was reluctance to present a positive picture of loving young gays, or to educate teenage viewers.

Such reaction reminded us that we have not come so very far since 1905 when E.M. Forster stated privately that he could not publish his gay novel "Maurice" because it had a happy ending.


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