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Against the Law-BBC2 at 9pm on 26th July

The one-off feature-length docu-drama Against the Law is part of the BBC's Gay Britannia season. It follows the true story of gay journalist Peter Wildeblood, whose "illicit love affair" with another man was one of the turning points in the path to the legalisation of homosexuality. The consequent trial of Wildeblood, and his two friends, Lord Montagu and Michael Pitt-Rivers, sparked a shift in public opinion that paved the way for the partial decriminalisation over ten years later. Against the Law is interspersed with touching testimonials from elderly gay men who lived in fear of truly expressing themselves throughout the 1950s.

Joanne Manson

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