Episode 21: Gods and Monsters (1998)

Gods and Monsters examines the unlikely friendship between Hollywood director James Whale (Ian McKellen) and his naïve yard man (Brendan Fraser). My guest and I revisit Bill Condon’s ambitious tragicomedy.

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Episode 20: Penda’s Fen (1974)

Penda’s Fen aired on with the BBC’s Play for Today series on March 21, 1974. David Rudkin’s screenplay follows a gay teen on an Alice in Wonderland style journey through England’s pagan past. My guest and I attempt to parse Rudkin’s thoughts on religion, sexuality, social conformity and rebellion.

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The Incubus

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Episode 19: After School Specials (1987)

After School specials featured young people dealing with problems. They could be earnest to the point of camp. In 1987 two specials were filmed that discussed sexuality. What if I’m Gay? aired on CBS. Two of Us was censored by the BBC and pushed to a late night spot. It wouldn’t get a daytime airing till 1990. My guests and I discuss the mixed messages these specials send to their target audience.

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What if I’m Gay?

Welcome to season three!

Two of Us

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