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Prejudice & Pride

Probably only accessible to British people, I'm afraid, but the BBC has just released a series of plays and serials on their shop celebrating five decades of lesbian and gay drama: https://store.bbc.com/collections/prejudice-and-pride.

There's some really interesting-looking stuff included. I should think most people are familiar with the likes of The Buddha Of Suburbia and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, but there's also some much older stuff, including a 1979 play called Coming Out, starring Anton Rodgers and Nigel Havers; a 1976 play starring Jane Lapotaire; and a 1974 play starring Alison Steadman. The latter had been thought lost, but was found as a domestic recording twenty years later.

There's a transgender release in there as well, but sadly it's 2015's Boy Meets Girl. Come on, BBC. Time for a half decent release of 1996's Different For Girls. Long overdue.

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dimity_blue
Jun. 16th, 2016 08:17 pm (UTC)
They look interesting, and they're cheap too! Thanks for the heads up.

and a 1974 play starring Alison Steadman. The latter had been thought lost, but was found as a domestic recording twenty years later.

It's surprising how often that happens. Thank goodness for domestic recordings!
swordznsorcery
Jun. 16th, 2016 08:37 pm (UTC)
It's remarkable how often really old stuff was recorded. Thank heaven for geeks!
liadtbunny
Jun. 17th, 2016 11:01 am (UTC)
Gimme, Gimme!?

Fascinating! Nice to see lesbian drama existing in the 70's. The only one I've seen is an ep of 'The Main Chance' (1970) which was going through an issue of the week phase. The main characters were fine with it, but it didn't end well.

And interesting to note that a future 'Archers' producer was the script editor of 'The Other Woman' or not as he employed many female writers on 'The Archers'. (Sorry to bring back terribly boring memories for you!)

Hopefully the store will add more dramas to its collection.
swordznsorcery
Jun. 18th, 2016 04:12 am (UTC)
It's okay, I think I can survive mention of "The Archers". :D

Yes, it was interesting to see how much stuff was made in the seventies (dedicated stuff, I mean - issue of the week stuff never seems to end well!). 1979 seems to have been a popular year for the subject, for some reason. Clearly gay dramas are like buses.
liadtbunny
Jun. 18th, 2016 11:21 am (UTC)
All the good stuff was on the telly in 1979:)

swordznsorcery
Jun. 18th, 2016 08:11 pm (UTC)
Not a bad year, no! Even if Tarrant and Dayna didn't turn up until 1980...
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