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Drama marks decriminalisation of homosexuality

6 August 2007

A powerful new drama by acclaimed playwright Kevin Elyot (BA 1973) was broadcast on Channel 4 as part of a season marking the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

A powerful new drama by acclaimed playwright Kevin Elyot (BA 1973) was broadcast on Channel 4 as part of a season marking the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

Prompted by the homophobic murder of 24-year-old Jody Dobrowski on Clapham Common in 2005, Elyot's drama Clapham Junction zooms in on the increase in attacks on gay people.

Starring Paul Nicholls, Rupert Graves, Samantha Bond and James Wilby, the drama is a snapshot of the mixed experiences of several gay men whose lives interconnect over 36 hours in London.

Elyot is best known as the author of the ground-breaking 1994 play My Night with Reg, which was one of the first productions to successfully engage audiences with the growth of HIV and AIDS in the UK, and which won the Olivier Award.

Clapham Junction was aired on Channel 4 on 22 July 2007.