Look away Ma’am!

...you will NOT be amused by the first gay kiss on TV’s Vic­to­ria (now that’s what you call a high­land f ling!)

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Chris Hast­ings

IT WOULD have been the most shock­ing of sights for the fa­mously staid Monarch – two men locked in a pas­sion­ate em­brace, in de­fi­ance of the harsh laws and morals of Vic­to­ria’s reign.

Tonight, ITV drama Vic­to­ria will broad­cast its first gay kiss, with the dash­ing Ed­ward Drum­mond fi­nally get­ting caught up in a mo­ment of ar­dour with Lord Al­fred Paget, as the Royal court trav­els to Scot­land.

Eight mil­lion view­ers have been watch­ing the slow buildup in the men’s feel­ings over the past few weeks.

And in one scene tonight, a woman asks Lord Al­fred what he thinks of the view. ‘Heav­enly,’ he replies – before the cam­era cuts to show him star­ing at Drum­mond. How­ever, their hap­pi­ness could be short-lived be­cause their lake­side tryst is spot­ted.

Both are real his­tor­i­cal fig­ures. Lord Paget, played by Jor­dan Waller, was an equerry to the Queen, while Drum­mond, played by Leo Suter, was Prime Min­is­ter Robert Peel’s pri­vate sec­re­tary.

Daisy Good­win, the show’s writer, ad­mit­ted she had been ‘creative’ in her in­ter­pre­ta­tion of his­tory. ‘Some peo­ple might get very cross with me,’ she said. ‘But if it did hap­pen, we would never know.

‘The word ho­mo­sex­ual did not ex­ist in those times. There were as many gay peo­ple as there are now, but they didn’t de­fine them­selves as straight or gay or bi­sex­ual.’

Good­win said it was dif­fi­cult to say how the Queen her­self – played by Jenna Cole­man on screen – would have re­acted to the kiss. ‘Fa­mously she didn’t be­lieve there could have been such a thing as les­bians,’ she said. ‘But I think Vic­to­ria was a lot more tol­er­ant than she was made out to be.’

Vic­to­ria is on ITV at 9pm tonight.

MONARCH OF THE GLEN: Vic­to­ria, played by Jenna Cole­man, vis­its Scot­land, where Paget and Drum­mond share a kiss

1974: Ali­son Stead­man and Myra Fran­cis in the drama Girl

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