Hidden LIfes on BBC Four

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The mark the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, BBC Four have put together a series of programmes under the title Hidden Lives. The season takes place in the first week of September.

It’s Not Unusual: A Lesbian and Gay…
…History: 1/3. Age of Innocence. Part of the Hidden Lives season. The story of gay life in Britain since 1918, beginning in the inter-war years when public awareness of homosexuality was rare.

BBC Four, Sat 1 Sep, 21:00-21:50 50mins Stereo

It’s Not Unusual: A Lesbian and Gay…
…History. 2/3. Double Lives: Part of the Hidden Lives season. Charting the story of gay life in Britain since 1918. Focusing on the late 40s and 50s when the gay community went underground.

BBC Four, Sat 1 Sep, 21:50-22:40 50mins Stereo

Our Hidden Lives
Part of the Hidden Lives season. Drama inter-weaving the real diaries of four ordinary people living in postwar Britain. Starring Sarah Parish, Ian McDiarmid, Richard Briers and Lesley Sharp.

BBC Four, Sat 1 Sep, 22:40-23:55 75mins Stereo Widescreen

WEBSITE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/cinema/features/our-hidden-lives.shtml

Our Hidden Lives
Part of the Hidden Lives season. Drama inter-weaving the real diaries of four ordinary people living in postwar Britain. Starring Sarah Parish, Ian McDiarmid, Richard Briers and Lesley Sharp.

BBC Four, Sun 2 Sep, 03:15-04:30 75mins Stereo Widescreen

WEBSITE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/cinema/features/our-hidden-lives.shtml

It’s Not Unusual: A Lesbian and Gay…
…History. 3/3. Coming Out: Part of the Hidden Lives season. Charting the story of gay life in Britain since 1918, exploring the 70 and 80s, and looking at Gay Lib, AIDS and Clause 28.

BBC Four, Sun 2 Sep, 21:00-21:50 50mins Stereo

Breaking The Code
Part of the Hidden Lives season. Derek Jacobi stars as Alan Turing, the mathematical genius who cracked the Enigma Code, but who was persecuted for being homosexual.

BBC Four, Sun 2 Sep, 22:30-00:05 95mins Stereo

Philby, Burgess and Maclean
Part of the Hidden Lives season. Ian Curteis’ play from 1977 about the three Russian spies who penetrated the British Foreign office. Starring Anthony Bate, Derek Jacobi and Michael Culver.

BBC Four, Mon 3 Sep, 20:00-21:20 80mins Stereo

WEBSITE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/features/burgess_philby_maclean.shtml

Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!
Showing as part of the Hidden Lives season. Michael Sheen stars as Kenneth Williams in this drama adapted from Williams’ own diaries. Contains strong language and sexual content.

BBC Four, Mon 3 Sep, 21:20-22:40 80mins Stereo Widescreen
BBC Four, Tue 4 Sep, 01:55-03:15 80mins Stereo Widescreen

WEBSITE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/cinema/features/fantabulosa.shtml

Arena: Joe Orton: Genius Like Us
Part of the Hidden Lives season. An Arena programme from 1982 profiling the life and tragic death of playwright Joe Orton. Following his journey from Leicester to RADA, to West End success.

BBC Four, Mon 3 Sep, 22:40-23:55 75mins Stereo

Reputations: Frankie Howerd
Part of Hidden Lives. A profile of Frankie Howerd from his early days in South London and early acting jobs, through radio stardom to tv triumphs, depression, money problems and his sex life.

BBC Four, Tue 4 Sep, 20:00-21:00 60mins Stereo Widescreen

Reputations: Liberace
Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful: Part of the Hidden Lives season. The life and times of the musician Liberace, with contributions from family and friends.

BBC Four, Tue 4 Sep, 22:30-23:20 50mins Stereo Widescreen

Andrew and Jeremy Get Married…
…Storyville: Showing as part of the Hidden Lives season. Following the lives of Jeremy Trafford and Andrew Thomas as they prepare to get married. Contains strong language and sexual content.

BBC Four, Tue 4 Sep, 23:20-00:30 70mins Stereo Widescreen
BBC Four, Wed 5 Sep, 03:00-04:10 70mins Stereo Widescreen

WEBSITE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/storyville/andrew-jeremy.shtml

The Naked Civil Servant
Part of the Hidden Lives season. John Hurt stars as Quentin Crisp in a BAFTA award winning performance in this classic drama first broadcast in 1975.

BBC Four, Wed 5 Sep, 19:40-21:00 80mins Stereo Widescreen

Consenting Adults
Part of the Hidden Lives season. Drama starring Charles Dance as Jack Wolfenden who fifty years ago recommended that homosexuality be decriminalised.

BBC Four, Wed 29 Aug 21:00-22:20 80mins Stereo Widescreen
BBC Four, Wed 5 Sep, 21:00-22:20, rpt 2:25-3:45 80mins Stereo Widescreen
BBC Four, Thu 6 Sep, 02:25-03:45 80mins Stereo Widescreen
BBC Four, Fri 7 Sep, 22:10-23:30, rpt 1.45-3.05 80mins Stereo Widescreen

WEBSITE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/cinema/features/consenting-adults.shtml

Arena: The Strange Story of Joe Meek
Showing as part of Hidden Lives. A profile of the legendary producer and song writer Joe Meek, composer of the massive hit Telstar who recorded most of his hits in a home studio in Holloway Road.

BBC Four, Wed 5 Sep, 22:20-23:20 60mins Stereo

Gay MPs – Pride and Prejudice in…
…Politics. Part of Hidden Lives. Eddie Mair takes a look at the history of homosexuality in the Houses of Parliament and finds that there is nothing new about gay politicians and scandal.

BBC Four, Wed 5 Sep, 23:20-00:10 50mins Stereo Widescreen

The Legend of Leigh Bowery: Storyville
Part of Hidden Lives. Exploring the extraordinary life of the outrageous fashion designer Leigh Bowery. Contains very strong language, explicit sexual content and upsetting scenes.

BBC Four, Thu 6 Sep, 00:10-01:25 75mins Stereo Widescreen

WEBSITE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/storyville/leigh-bowery.shtml

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