Prejudice and Pride: The People's History of LGBTQ Britain

Prejudice and Pride: The People's History of LGBTQ Britain

Series 1 - Episode 1

ADVERTISEMENT

Review

It’s a smart move to get two comedians, Stephen K Amos and Susan Calman, to front this two-part doc because there are precious few laughs. There’s a lot of heart, a lot of fight – and if you can get to the end without shedding a tear, you’re made of stone.

Part one covers 1967 to 1987, as ordinary folk who happen to be gay, lesbian or trans dig out mementos (photos, letters, magazines, passports, memorial quilts) that mark a turbulent era, from the early joys of liberation to the dark pall cast by the Aids crisis.

Amos recalls his youthful terror that stopped him entering West End bar Brief Encounter, and Calman weeps when she meets women in Manchester who fought to make life better for her generation.

Essential viewing for every smalltown boy and girl.

Summary

The first of a two-part documentary in which people share the items that have defined their lives in the 50 years since homosexuality was partially decriminalised in 1967. They include a rare collection of the first openly gay magazine - featuring the rising young singer David Bowie - to letters from worried parents of newly `out' daughters and sons. Presented by Stephen K Amos and Susan Calman.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Susan Calman
Presenter Stephen K Amos
Director Satiyesh Manoharajah
Editor Lawrence Huck
Executive Producer Eve Kay
Documentary