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GALE force

WITH HIS NEW DRAMA, MAN IN AN ORANGE SHIRT, SET TO AIR ON THE BBC, WRITER PATRICK GIVES US AN INSIGHT INTO ITS GAY LOVE STORY WHILE TWO OF ITS STARS TALK ABOUT THEIR ROLES

As England and Wales mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of sex between men, we’re being treated to a bevy of fantastic culture. Queer is the buzzword across art, theatre, literature and film. And on TV, the BBC is really flying the rainbow flag with its “Gay Britannia” season, which includes a raft of documentaries exploring queer identity and a powerful docudrama called Against the Law (see next month’s issue of Attitude for an interview with star Daniel Mays).

But one of the season’s highlights is undoubtedly Man in an Orange Shirt — a two-part love story charting the ill-fated relationship between two closeted soldiers in post-war Britain, and the redemptive journey of a young man in modern-day London who’s filled with shame while also being driven by an insatiable appetite for casual sex.

Attitude sat down with gay author Patrick Gale — who wrote the script — to discuss how this tale of repressed love across the generations was brought to life.

“It’s one of these wonderful accidents,” explains Gale, stretching out his long limbs once our photoshoot has come to an end.

We’re talking about the significance of showing his drama now, and the handsome 55 year old tells me that Man in an Orange Shirt, which has been in development for four years, wasn’t originally planned to coincide with the anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. “It’s lovely though,” he adds, “especially because the first episode is set during the Forties and Fifties and so it covers the period of criminalisation.”

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On the cover, exclusive interview with The Walking Dead star Daniel Newman Plus: Declan McKenna talks pop & politics; First Dates’ Fred Sirieix gets Active; previewing the BBC’s major new gay drama; one British man tortured for being gay; cruising through the years; and Attitude joins the great PrEP debate.
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