Television is a powerful medium that has always been tightly
controlled in the UK. For many decades after TV had become the chief
source of entertainment for most people – and something of a national
obsession – broadcasters remained resolutely silent about LGBT issues.
There was no representation of any kind, positive or negative. Our
complete exclusion made it seem that we had no place in the national
But after 1967, things began to change. Documentaries were aired
that, by modern standards, seem patronising and even insulting –
consisting mostly of tortured interviews with petrified individuals in
silhouette. But they paved the way for LGBT people to eventually find
their niche in the television schedules.
Terry Sanderson will explore the early programming that got us to the
point we are at now, where LGBT lives on telly are no longer a novelty
but are woven intrinsically into drama, soaps and reality TV.
The evening will include a full showing of a BBC TV play from 1984, More Lives Than One, which bravely tackled the then common practice of police entrapment of cottagers.
Part of the 2019 Pride Festival. Price includes a £1 donation to Pride.
Doors open at 18.00, for a 19.00 start.
Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.