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Daniel Mays, Girls Trip, Asifa Lahore's Queer Icon, Young Poets competition

Actor Daniel Mays on playing gay rights campaigner Peter Wildeblood, Girl Trip reviewed, the UK's first out Muslim drag queen Asifa Lahore, a competition for young poets.

Daniel Mays, the actor who came to prominence for his roles in Vera Drake, Line of Duty, Life on Mars and Mrs Biggs, discusses his new BBC drama Against The Law. He plays Peter Wildeblood, a man imprisoned for homosexual acts in the 1950s, who then went on to campaign for a change in the law.

Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith star in Girls Trip, a film where four old friends reunite for a wild weekend away. It has had a strong opening weekend at the US box office, which the director Malcolm D Lee ascribes to 'black girl magic'. Dreda Say Mitchell gives her verdict.

Asifa Lahore, the UK's first out Muslim drag queen, chooses Dana International's Eurovision-winning song Diva for our Queer Icons series.

Helen Mort has been described by Carol Ann Duffy as 'among the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of British poets'. But she first came to prominence in 1998 as one of the winners of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Helen Mort tells Samira Ahmed why young people should enter the competition this year.

Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Kate Bullivant.

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30 minutes


  • Daniel Mays

    Duration: 10:25

  • Girls Trip

    Duration: 05:10

  • Asifa Lahore

    Duration: 04:20

  • Helen Mort

    Duration: 07:33

Daniel Mays

Daniel Mays
Daniel Mays in Against The Law
Main image and above credit: BBC 

Against the Law is on BBC Two on Weds 26 July at 9 pm and is part of the BBC Gay Britannia Season

Girls Trip

Girls Trip
Girls Trip is in cinemas from 26 July, cert 15

Photo credit: Universal Pictures

Queer Icons - Asifa Lahore

Queer Icons - Asifa Lahore
Asifa Lahore

Asifa Lahore chooses Dana International as her Queer Icon 

Young Poets competition

Young Poets competition

Helen Mort
Photo credit: Jan Bella

The closing date for the Foyle Young Poets of the Year competition is midnight 31 July 2017


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Daniel Mays
Interviewed Guest Dreda Say Mitchell
Interviewed Guest Asifa Lahore
Interviewed Guest Helen Mort
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Kate Bullivant




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