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Sherlock star creates gay monologue series Queers for the BBC

Sherlock star creates gay monologue series Queers for the BBC

Mark Gatiss plays Sherlock Holmes' brother Mycroft

Sherlock star Mark Gatiss is going to be shining a light on the lives of gay people for the BBC.

The writer and actor is creating a gay monologues series, a series of original dramatic shorts, for BBC Four.

Titled Queers, the monologues will begin with The Man on the Platform – a story set in 1917 and written by Gatiss.

The monologues will be staged at the Old Vic theatre in London in July before their television debut.

Gatiss said he was ‘thrilled’ to be curating the series.

He added: ‘It’s a marvelous opportunity to celebrate LGBT life and culture, to see how far we have come and how far we still have to go.’

Examining gay life from across the century, other monologues will look at milestones in the fight for LGBTI rights.

There will be a piece on the Wolfenden Report of 1957, which recommended gay sex should not be a crime; the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which made gay relationships legal for men aged 21 and over; and the HIV crisis that decimates the gay community in the 80s.

The monologues will ‘mark and celebrate some of the most poignant, funny, entertaining, tragic and riotous moments of British gay history and the very personal rites of passage of gay Britons through the last 100 years’.