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TV Series / Drama
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Alan Cumming,Rebecca Front,Ian Gelder
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Queers Online

Eight short monologues were written for this series in response to the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which decriminalized homosexual acts in private between two men aged 21 or over.
Series cast summary:
Alan Cumming Alan Cumming - Steve 1 episode, 2017
Rebecca Front Rebecca Front - Alice 1 episode, 2017
Ian Gelder Ian Gelder - Jackie 1 episode, 2017
Kadiff Kirwan Kadiff Kirwan - Fredrick 1 episode, 2017
Russell Tovey Russell Tovey - Phil 1 episode, 2017
Gemma Whelan Gemma Whelan - Bobby 1 episode, 2017
Ben Whishaw Ben Whishaw - Perce 1 episode, 2017
Fionn Whitehead Fionn Whitehead - Andrew 1 episode, 2017

Broadcast as part of the Gay Britannia season across the BBC, marking the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

User reviews



QUEERS is really riveting television. It is a mini-series, but the episodes are not intertwined and can be watched in any order. It was made for the BBC for the fiftieth anniversary of the Homosexual Offences Act, which decriminalized sexual acts between men over 21 in Britain. Consisting of eight monologues spoken directly to the camera by different actors. Each monologue is set in a gay bar which appears to be one particular bar, the very existence of which, over the hundred-year course of the series, implies a continuum. Each episode is written by a different writer. But Mark Gattis directed each episode. There is a unity of tone. The immediacy of each story is enhanced by the fact that each is told in the first-person by an actor looking directly at the camera, and hence at the viewer. The temptation is to say each of these is an interior monologue, but, in fact, the actors are talking to us. This is actually very novel. (Hamlet's soliloquy, as a rule, is performed as if he is talking to himself, even as he scans the faces looking at him from the audience. But the characters here really are addressing us. I have two personal favorites here: "I'd Miss You Alice" and "The Man On The Platform." Beautiful performances are featured throughout this project, but every stop is pulled in these two episodes. Of the eight stories, two are told by women, and the irony is not lost. The Homosexual Offences Act specifically dealt with men, but there are two sexes, and 1967 was a watershed year in Britain for anyone, whether a gay male, a lesbian or straight ally. Inasmuch as each story is told by one person, we do not see people interacting. This does not mean Queers is without dramatic tension. It is sometimes a shattering viewing experience, quite often funny, always thoughtful and, above all, truthful.