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Man in an Orange Shirt
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Series 1 - Episode 1
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Lovers Michael Berryman, a demobbed soldier, and war artist Thomas March have a brief, blissful time in a country cottage in 1944 where they can be together in romance, secrecy and stylish knitwear.
But alas, these golden days must end all too soon. Michael (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) returns to London to marry his sweet, naive fiancée, Flora, while a very angry Thomas (James McArdle) lives a dangerous life in a country where being gay is illegal and punishable by imprisonment.
This thoughtful two-part romance from novelist Patrick Gale is layered with sadness: that of Michael, trapped in a life where he doesn’t belong no matter hard he tries to conform; Thomas, unhappy without his love and risking pick-ups in public places; and Flora (Joanna Vanderham), made wretched by being married to a gay man who can’t ever love her wholly and truly.
Part one of two. Drama by Patrick Gale about two love affairs 60 years apart - stories linked by family and a painting, with a secret that echoes down the generations. Captain Michael Berryman and Thomas March meet towards the end of the Second World War and enjoy a brief relationship in a secluded cottage when they return to Britain after the end of the conflict. Michael then goes back to London to his fiance Flora, while Thomas opts for the relative freedom of Soho. Starring James McArdle and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
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