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Mark your calendars! The two-part LGBT drama, Man in an Orange Shirt, is set to premiere on July 31st, 9pm on BBC Two.

Created by Patrick Gale, Man In An Orange Shirt tells two gay love stories, set sixty years apart, which are linked by family, and by a painting that holds a secret that echoes down the generations. Gale described the project as being “two hour long films”, one in the 1940s/1950s and one in the present day. The first love story is made impossible by pressures from society, while the second is nearly derailed by the long-term fall-out from the 1940s story.

The two-parter, which was originally commissioned for BBC One, is produced by Kudos and stars Vanessa Redgrave, David Gyasi, Joanna Vanderham, Julian Morris, Oliver Jackson Cohen, James McArdle, Laura Carmichael, Julian Sands, Angel Coulby, Charlie Wernham, Tommy Bastow and James Godden. The executive producers are Diederick Santer for Kudos and Lucy Richer for the BBC. It is produced by Lisa Osborne and directed by Michael Samuels.

Source: TVWise




Buy your tickets for the premiere of Man in an Orange Shirt on July 11th by visiting the BFI Southbank website. There will be a Q&A with director Michael Samuels, writer Patrick Gale, executive producer Diederick Santer, and Julian after the premiere.

In his first screen drama, best-selling British novelist Patrick Gale tells two gay love stories, 60 years apart. Linked by family and by a painting that holds a long-kept secret, Man in an Orange Shirt charts the challenges and changes to gay lives from WWII to the present day. Airing as a central part of the BBC’s forthcoming Gay Britannia season, this two-part drama also stars Laura Carmichael, Angel Coulby, Frances de la Tour, Julian Sands and Adrian Schiller.