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Drama by Sarah Wooley about the making of Victim, the first British film to break a taboo and address homosexuality seriously. Starring Ed Stoppard as Dirk Bogarde.

by Sarah Wooley.

A drama about the making of 'Victim', the first British film to seriously address homosexuality.

The 1961 film, starring matinee idol Dirk Bogarde in the gamble of his career, is often credited with helping to change public attitudes to homosexuality. This fast-moving drama follows the extraordinary mixture of bravery and pragmatism involved in getting this ground-breaking enterprise off the ground, providing a fascinating glimpse of Britain at a tipping point of social change.

Clip from Peeping Tom (c) Michael Powell (Theatre)/Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors/Michael Powell

Sarah Wooley has written many plays for the radio including FIFTEEN MINUTES about Andy Warhol, MOVING MUSIC about Philip Glass and Steve Reich, PLANNING PERMISSION about the Brutalist architect Erno Goldfinger and A NICE LITTLE HOLIDAY about playwright John Osborne. Her last play for Radio 4 was 1977, about the scoring of the film 'Watership Down' and the story of trans composer Angela Morley.

Her stage plays include the sell-out hit OLD MONEY (Hampstead Theatre, 2012) starring Maureen Lipman.

1 hour, 29 minutes


Role Contributor
Writer Sarah Wooley
Dirk Bogarde Ed Stoppard
Tony Forwood Simon Harrison
Basil Dearden Jonathan Aris
Janet Green Fenella Woolgar
Michael Relph Ben Miles
John Trevelyan Michael Maloney
Dorothy Julie Teal
Sylvia Sims Sarah Ridgeway
Alexander Walker Charlie Clements
Leo Abse MP/Trailer Announcer Simon Ludders
Sir Cyril Osborne MP/Earl of Arran/Roy Jenkins MP Philip Fox
Actor Emilio Doorgasingh
Actor David Sturzaker
Actor Tom Forrister
Director Abigail le Fleming


  • Sun 9 Jul 2017 21:00
  • Sun 6 Jan 2019 19:30

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