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Against the Law – BBC Two 26 July

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Against the Law will air Wedensday 26 July at 9PM on BBC Two.

Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Public Enemies) stars in BBC Two’s powerful factual drama as Peter Wildeblood, a thoughtful and private gay journalist whose lover Eddie McNally (played by newcomer to television, Richard Gadd), under pressure from the authorities, turned Queen’s evidence against him in one of the most explosive court cases of the 1950s – the infamous Montagu Trial.

More than ten years before the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in 1967, Peter Wildeblood, and his friends Lord Montagu (Mark Edel-Hunt) and Michael Pitt-Rivers, were found guilty of homosexual offences and jailed.

With his career in tatters and his private life painfully exposed, Wildeblood began his sentence a broken man, but he emerged from Wormwood Scrubs a year later determined to do all he could to change the way these draconian laws against homosexuality impacted on the lives of men like him.

Daniel says: “I’m incredibly proud to be part of a drama that tells such an important real-life story. Peter Wildeblood is a fascinating, complex, yet flawed character from a time when being a gay man in Britain was incredibly difficult – I can’t wait to bring his tale to life for the BBC Two audience.”

Patrick Holland, Channel Editor, BBC Two, said: “50 years ago, it was a crime to be a gay man in the UK. Against The Law is a stunning piece that melds drama and documentary testimony to tell the story of one man, and his wider generation, as they struggled to make society accept their sexuality as non-criminal. It is brilliant to have a film that brings the authorship of Brian Fillis, the vision of director Fergus O’Brien, and the outstanding talent of Daniel Mays and cast to this important subject”

The drama also features Mark Gatiss (Taboo, Sherlock) as Wildeblood’s prison psychiatrist, Doctor Landers and Charlie Creed-Miles (Ripper Street, Peaky Blinders) as Superintendent Jones.

Woven through this powerful drama is real-life testimony from a chorus of men who lived through those dark days, when homosexuals were routinely imprisoned or forced to undergo chemical aversion therapy in an attempt to cure them of their “condition”. There is also testimony from a retired police officer whose job it was to enforce these laws, and a former psychiatric nurse who administered the so-called cures. All of these accounts serve to amplify the themes of the drama and help to immerse us in the reality of a dark chapter in our recent past, a past still within the reach of living memory.

Written by Brian Fillis, Against the Law is directed by Fergus O’Brien, produced by Scott James Bassett and executive produced by Aysha Rafaele, Creative Director of The Documentary Unit, BBC Studios.

Watch the trailer for Against the Law

Don’t miss this incredibly important factual drama on Wednesday 26 July 9PM on BBC Two.

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Against the Law – First Look Trailer

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Against the Law first look trailer was released today. Tune in to BBC TWo on  Wednesday 26 July at 9PM for this compelling and important factual drama.

Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Public Enemies) stars in BBC Two’s powerful factual drama as Peter Wildeblood, a thoughtful and private gay journalist whose lover Eddie McNally (played by newcomer to television, Richard Gadd), under pressure from the authorities, turned Queen’s evidence against him in one of the most explosive court cases of the 1950s – the infamous Montagu Trial.

Daniel says ‘I’m incredibly proud to be part of a drama that tells such an important real-life story. Peter Wildeblood is a fascinating, complex, yet flawed character from a time when being a gay man in Britain was incredibly difficult – I can’t wait to bring his tale to life for the BBC Two audience.’

Woven through this powerful drama is real-life testimony from a chorus of men who lived through those dark days, when homosexuals were routinely imprisoned or forced to undergo chemical aversion therapy in an attempt to cure them of their “condition”. There is also testimony from a retired police officer whose job it was to enforce these laws, and a former psychiatric nurse who administered the so-called cures. All of these accounts serve to amplify the themes of the drama and help to immerse us in the reality of a dark chapter in our recent past, a past still within the reach of living memory.

Written by Brian Fillis, Against the Law is directed by Fergus O’Brien, produced by Scott James Bassett and executive produced by Aysha Rafaele, Creative Director of The Documentary Unit, BBC Studios.

Against the Law is part of the BBC’s Gay Britannia season of programming marking the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts that took place in private between two men over the age of 21.

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Daniel Mays To Star In BBC Two’s ‘Against the Law’

Daniel Mays is to star in BBC Two’s Against the Law directed by Fergus O’Brien.


Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Public Enemies) stars in BBC Two’s powerful factual drama as Peter Wildeblood, a thoughtful and private gay journalist whose lover Eddie McNally (played by newcomer to television, Richard Gadd), under pressure from the authorities, turned Queen’s evidence against him in one of the most explosive court cases of the 1950s – the infamous Montagu Trial.

More than ten years before the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in 1967, Peter Wildeblood, and his friends Lord Montagu (Mark Edel-Hunt) and Michael Pitt-Rivers, were found guilty of homosexual offences and jailed.

With his career in tatters and his private life painfully exposed, Wildeblood began his sentence a broken man, but he emerged from Wormwood Scrubs a year later determined to do all he could to change the way these draconian laws against homosexuality impacted on the lives of men like him.

Daniel says: “I’m incredibly proud to be part of a drama that tells such an important real-life story. Peter Wildeblood is a fascinating, complex, yet flawed character from a time when being a gay man in Britain was incredibly difficult – I can’t wait to bring his tale to life for the BBC Two audience.”

Patrick Holland, Channel Editor, BBC Two, said: “50 years ago, it was a crime to be a gay man in the UK. Against The Law is a stunning piece that melds drama and documentary testimony to tell the story of one man, and his wider generation, as they struggled to make society accept their sexuality as non-criminal. It is brilliant to have a film that brings the authorship of Brian Fillis, the vision of director Fergus O’Brien, and the outstanding talent of Daniel Mays and cast to this important subject”

The drama also features Mark Gatiss (Taboo, Sherlock) as Wildeblood’s prison psychiatrist, Doctor Landers and Charlie Creed-Miles (Ripper Street, Peaky Blinders) as Superintendent Jones.

Woven through this powerful drama is real-life testimony from a chorus of men who lived through those dark days, when homosexuals were routinely imprisoned or forced to undergo chemical aversion therapy in an attempt to cure them of their “condition”. There is also testimony from a retired police officer whose job it was to enforce these laws, and a former psychiatric nurse who administered the so-called cures. All of these accounts serve to amplify the themes of the drama and help to immerse us in the reality of a dark chapter in our recent past, a past still within the reach of living memory.

Written by Brian Fillis, Against the Law is directed by Fergus O’Brien, produced by Scott James Bassett and executive produced by Aysha Rafaele, Creative Director of The Documentary Unit, BBC Studios.

Made by BBC Studios, Against the Law will broadcast on BBC Two later in the year.

Against the Law will have its  world premiere at the opening night gala for BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival on Thursday 16 March 2017. Public tickets to the film festival will be available 22 February. 

Updated 9 February 2017 with BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival information.

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Line of Duty Series 3 Episode 5 Reviews & Recaps

Line of Duty Series 3 episode 5– 21 April 2016: We will let the reviews do the talking here this week but be warned you won’t be able to avoid this episodes stunning events!

We will be posting reviews and recaps after each episode airs.  If you’d rather not know what has happened until you have watched please proceed with caution on the following links:

The Guardian: Excellent blog and discussion of each episode.

The Daily Mail: Who can we trust in Line of Duty

Huffington Post review and a separate interview with Daniel Mays about his time on Line of Duty.

Radio Times

The Telegraph

Daily Express

CultBox

Den of Geek

BT TV

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Line of Duty Episode 3

Catch up with Line of Duty episode 3 via BBC iPlayer for the next 30 days.

DS Steve Arnott believes there is a dark secret in Danny Waldron’s past. But while DI Cottan is commended for cracking the Waldron case, the spotlight falls on Arnott’s questionable conduct in a previous enquiry.

Episode 4 airs Thursday 14 April at 9PM on BBC Two. Get a sneak peek.

Episode one
Episode two

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Line of Duty Series 3 Episode 3 Reviews & Recaps

Line of Duty Series 3 episode 3– 7 April 2016- We learn the sad truth about Danny Waldron’s past and what lead to his actions in episode 1.

We will be posting reviews and recaps after each episode airs.  If you’d rather not know what has happened until you have watched please proceed with caution on the following links:

The Guardian: Excellent blog and discussion of each episode.

Radio Times: Episode review and 9 burning questions from episode 3.

Den of Geek

Huffington Post

Daily Express: Interestingly enough, series three’s original chief villain actually turned out to be the unlikely hero. You really started to feel sorry for Danny and his tragic life.

BT TV: Six questions we are all asking after episode 3.

 
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Line of Duty Episode 2

That was certainly a roller-coaster ride of a Line of Duty episode! We won’t spoil the shocking and stunning events that took place and suggest you watch the episode as soon as possible if you haven’t already!

Catch up with episode 2 via BBC iPlayer for the next 30 days.

Episode 3 airs Thursday 7 April at 9PM on BBC Two. Get a sneak peek.

Episode one

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Line of Duty Series 3 Episode 2 Reviews & Recaps

Line of Duty Series 3 episode 2 – 31 March 2016 (Happy Birthday to Danny Mays!)

We will be posting reviews and recaps after each episode airs.  If you’d rather not know what has happened until you have watched please proceed with caution on the following links:

The Telegraph: Did Line of Duty give us the most thrilling shock of 2016?

The Guardian: You ain’t seen nothing yet.

The Sun: Line Of Duty is a compellingly complicated cauldron of corruption

Digital Spy: The suspense is terrible… we hope it will last!

Cult Box: The man deserves a BAFTA re: Daniel Mays’s stunning performance

Den of Geek: If paranoia were a drug, Line Of Duty is a top-rung dealer.

Daily Express: We’re really falling down the Line of Duty rabbit hole now.

BT.com: Episode 2 is all about questions. Oh, and there are a few shocks too. But mainly questions.

Updated 31 March

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Line of Duty Premieres TONIGHT!

The much-anticipated Line of Duty series 3 premiere is tonight at 9PM on BBC Two.

Daniel Mays stars as Sergeant Danny Waldron, the highly proficient leader of an Armed Response Unit whose unpredictable behaviour is becoming a threat to colleagues and suspects. When AC-12 are called in to investigate Danny’s conduct, even they could find themselves in the firing line. Mays joins returning cast Martin Compston as Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott, Vicky McClure as Detective Constable Kate Fleming and Adrian Dunbar as Superintendent Ted Hastings.

Tune in tonight at 9PM on BBC Two.

The episode will be available on BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast.

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The Story So Far: Line of Duty

A special Line of Duty 13 minute catch-up episode  is now available for viewing online on via BBC iPlayer. The episode features Daniel Mays as Sgt Danny Waldron.

Watch the episode here (now available for 7 days)

Series 3 premieres Thursday 24 March at 9PM on BBC Two.

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