Sky, Twofour to explore 60 years of gay performers

Twofour is to produce a three-part series on six decades of iconic gay performers, called God Save the Queens, for UK channel Sky Atlantic HD.
April 18, 2012

Twofour is to produce a three-part series on six decades of iconic gay performers, called God Save the Queens, for UK channel Sky Atlantic HD.

The one-hour series begins in 1952, after the Queen’s Coronation, and tells the story of camp performers, from Kenneth Williams and Paul O’Grady to Danny La Rue and Elton John, who played a role in changing attitudes towards homosexuality.

God Save the Queens will feature archive footage along with interviews with  musicians, actors and entertainers.

“The history of entertainment is inextricably linked with camp culture. God Save the Queens is a celebratory look at the flamboyant male stars who have shaped our cultural landscape during the 60 years of the Queen’s reign,” said Clare Handford, commissioning editor of factual for Sky.

Juliet Rice, executive producer from Twofour, added: “As we celebrate the royal jubilee, God Save the Queens tells the stories of our favorite gay stars and the social landscape that defined them, providing us with constant entertainment over the last 60 years.”

The series is executive produced by Andrew Mackenzie and Rice, and series produced by Ros Edwards.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.