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BBC America Acquires British Drama Series ‘QUEERS’ From Mark Gatiss

August 11, 2017

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BBC America has acquired QUEERS, a British drama series from Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss about the life for gay men and women in the UK.

The series consists of eight monologues from well-known actors. The monologues run from 15 minutes apiece, and covers the past 100 years, and the characters address topics including the HIV crisis, and the Sexual Offences Act itself.

Starring Ben Whishaw, Alan Cumming, Gemma Wheelan and Fionn Whitehead.Whishaw plays a soldier returning from the trenches of the First World War, and 100 years later, Cumming as a man reflecting on gay marriage.

Sarah Barnett, President of BBC America said:

“QUEERS is a unique and affecting series of short films about the British Gay experience. Brilliantly written and performed, these monologues may be compact but they are brimful of humor, heartbreak, joy, humanity and tenderness.”

Gatiss said:

“I’m thrilled and delighted to have been asked to curate this exciting series from both established LGBT writers and a whole host of new talent fresh to the screen. At this challenging and fluid time, 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.”

The series aired in the UK on BBC 4 earlier this year and was also performed by the actors at The Old Vic Theater in London.

QUEERS will premiere this October on BBC America.

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