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24 September 2014
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Irvine Welsh gives his friends a Dose

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh is celebrating his first TV drama with a celebrity-studded screening.

Celebs such as Kate Moss, Kevin Spacey and Sara Cox are expected to join Welsh at The Coronet in New Kent Road on Wednesday 16 July to see the new film, Dose, made for BBC Wales' social action campaign Come Clean, which flags up the dangers of dabbling in unsafe sex.

The hot ticket includes a night of music with DJs specially selected by Irvine himself - including Sean McLuskey of Sonic Mook Experience, Pam Hogg and Les McKeown, one-time frontman of Welsh's Scottish compatriots The Bay City Rollers.

Welsh and writing partner Dean Cavanagh penned the 30-minute drama Dose as part of this year's social action week for BBC Wales, which also included a poster campaign, TV trails and several short films.

Starring his friend, actor Lewis Owen - who persuaded Welsh to take the commission - Dose tells the story of laminate floor salesman Anthony Williams.

Despite loving his wife Rhiannon and being committed to Christ, Anthony has a string of adventurous sexual encounters, laying more than just the flooring for his female customers.

But despite being ultra-careful and always wearing a condom - the theme of the social action campaign - he catches gonorrhoea from an unexpected source.

"It's based on something which must, I feel, be fairly archetypal," says Welsh.

"You simply don't know who the person you've just been shagging has shagged previously, or if you do, who has been shagging those person(s).

"We're conditioned into thinking that there are these immoral, scabby bags of disease wilfully going around infecting the sweet, innocent populace.

"There is only being sensible and careful or being daft and reckless. People are, thank goodness, never going to stop. No good reason to do so. It should be beautiful or at least good fun; it shouldn't end in hospital wards."

A website offering advice about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is available at: and there is a helpline number: 0800 567123.

Notes to Editors

Come Clean (21.03.03)

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