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Queer as Art

A celebration of the LGBTQ community's contribution to the arts in Britain. Featuring interviews with leading figures from right across the arts in Britain.

Hour-long documentary celebrating the LGBTQ contribution to the arts in Britain in the 50 years since decriminalisation. This film is part of the Gay Britannia season of BBC programming to mark the 50th anniversary celebrations.

The film features interviews with leading figures from right across the arts in Britain, including Stephen Fry, David Hockney, Sir Antony Sher, Alan Cumming, Sandi Toksvig, Jeanette Winterson, Will Young and Alan Hollinghurst, and it explores the distinctive perspectives and voices that LGBT artists have brought to British cultural life.

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 16 Aug 2017 01:35

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:09

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    Stone Free

  • 00:10

    Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

    Dali's Car

  • 00:11

    The Tornados

    Do You Come Here Often?

  • 00:13

    The Who

    I Can't Explain

  • 00:17

    T. Rex

    Mad Donna

  • 00:18

    David Bowie

    Queen B****

  • 00:20

    David Bowie

    Boys Keep Swinging

  • 00:22

    Barbra Streisand

    Don't Rain On My Parade

  • 00:23

    Judy Garland, Herbert Stothart

    Wizard of Oz

  • 00:24

    Yma Sumac


  • 00:25

    Yma Sumac

    Bo Mambo

  • 00:35



  • 00:36

    The Communards

    Don't Leave Me This Way (feat. Sarah Jane Morris)

  • 00:38

    Bob Carter, Wham!

    Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)

  • 00:40

    Prefab Sprout

    The King of Rock 'N' Roll

  • 00:40

    Julee Cruise


  • 00:43



  • 00:44

    Bugge Wesseltoft & DJ Maestro

    Yellow Is The Colour

  • 00:54

    Will Young


  • 00:56

    Will Young

    Anything is Possible

  • 00:57

    Sam Smith

    Stay With Me

  • 00:57

    Years & Years


  • 00:58

    Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    Two Tribes


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Simon Napier-Bell
Interviewed Guest Andy Bell
Interviewed Guest Val McDermid
Interviewed Guest Maggi Hambling
Interviewed Guest Alan Hollinghurst
Interviewed Guest Wayne Sleep
Interviewed Guest Nick Grimshaw
Interviewed Guest Jon Savage
Interviewed Guest Russell T Davies
Interviewed Guest Richard Coles
Interviewed Guest Sarah Waters
Interviewed Guest Alan Cumming
Interviewed Guest Stephen Fry
Interviewed Guest Jeanette Winterson
Interviewed Guest Holly Johnson
Interviewed Guest Antony Sher
Interviewed Guest Gregory Doran
Interviewed Guest Isaac Julien
Interviewed Guest Julie Goodyear
Interviewed Guest Asifa Lahore
Interviewed Guest Will Young
Interviewed Guest David Hockney
Interviewed Guest Sandi Toksvig
Director James House
Executive Producer Neil Crombie
Executive Producer Joe Evans
Production Company Swan Films


  • Sat 29 Jul 2017 21:00
  • Tue 1 Aug 2017 23:45
  • Wed 16 Aug 2017 01:35

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