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Lunchtime Lecture: Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV

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6 February 2020, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Peter Wyngarde
by Peter Rand
10 September 1969
NPG x136011

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

In celebration of LGBT History Month, historian Stephen Bourne looks at how gay men were portrayed on British TV from the '30s to the '80s, the subject of his latest book. He will feature sitters from the Gallery’s Collection, such as Douglas Byng, Peter Wyngarde, Tony Warren and Michael Cashman.

Stephen Bourne is the author of over 15 books, including the acclaimed Black in the British Frame, Elisabeth Welch: Soft Lights and Sweet Music, Evelyn Dove: Britain’s Black Cabaret Queen, The Motherland Calls: Britain’s Black Servicemen and Women 1939-1945, Black Poppies: Britain’s Black Community and the Great War, for which he received the 2015 Southwark Arts Forum Award for Literature; and Fighting Proud: The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars. He is a regular contributor to BBC documentaries and has written for many publications, including The Voice, The Independent, BBC History Magazine and History Today.  His latest book, Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV, has been described by Russell T Davies as "A masterpiece!"

Following his lecture, Stephen will be signing copies of Playing Gay in the Gallery's Bookshop.