TV preview: Britain’s Great Gay Buildings

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: Stephen Fry at Strawberry Hill, Horace Walpoles Gothic London castle, in Britains Great Gay Buildings.

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE: Stephen Fry at Strawberry Hill, Horace Walpoles Gothic London castle, in Britains Great Gay Buildings.

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Channel 4 is marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality with a new season of programmes:

In Britain’s Great Gay Buildings, presented by Stephen Fry, seven famous gay faces champion the buildings that have helped define Britain’s gay history, revealing the groundbreaking events that happened in them and extraordinary people who lived and worked in them.

The Rev Richard Cole revisits Heaven Nightclub after many years to reveal its hedonistic past; Mary Portas visits Shibden Hall, near Halifax, to discover the secret diaries of an heiress; and Craig Revel Horwood revels in the story of Britain’s drag scene at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

Simon Callow tells the story of Oscar Wilde’s downfall at the Old Bailey; Rikki Beadle Blair visits the Theatre Royal Haymarket to discover how the British public showed their support for Sir John Gielgud after his arrest for cottaging; and Liz Carr travels to Bletchley Park to visit the place that fostered one of Britain’s greatest scientists, Alan Turing; and Lord Waheed Alli tells the story of the Houses of Parliament’s recent battle for gay rights.

Britain’s Great Gay Buildings, Channel 4, Saturday, June 24, 8pm

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