Against the Law

drama / 9.00pm / BBC2

TV Times - - Wednesday -

to be gay in 1950s Bri­tain meant liv­ing in fear. This sin­gle drama fol­lows jour­nal­ist Peter Wilde­blood (Daniel Mays) as his re­la­tion­ship with a man is dis­cov­ered and he is sent to jail for 18 months fol­low­ing the in­fa­mous Mon­tagu Tri­als of 1954. Prob­a­bly the most pow­er­ful mo­ments of the film, how­ever, are the true-life ac­counts from men, now in their 70s, 80s and 90s, about those times. How it felt to be con­sid­ered a crim­i­nal, hid­ing who they re­ally were un­der the con­stant threat of im­pris­on­ment and of the crude and bru­tal aver­sion ther­apy, de­signed to ‘cure’ their ‘dis­ease’.

Daniel Mays as a jour­nal­ist in big trou­ble

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