BBC Four has commissioned a 75-minute special set against the deliberations of the Wolfenden Committee which looked into the law relating to Homosexual Offences and Prostitution in September 1954.
Starring Charles Dance as Committee chairman John Wolfenden Consenting Adults is produced by Lion Television Scotland.
The Committee’s principal recommendation – the decriminalisation of homosexuality – marked a turning point in British social, legal and cultural history, although the legislation took another ten years to come to the statute book for England and Wales and even longer in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
BBC Executive Producer� Richard Fell, says "e;the Wolfenden Report was the turning point in the legalisation of homosexuality in this country, what is much lesser known is that Wolfenden himself struggled with his own feelings of shame and fear in finding out his son was gay."e;
Despite his personal views he led the committee to conclude that the law should not interfere in the private lives of consenting adults or enforce any particular pattern of behaviour.
Colin Cameron, Managing Director, Lion Television Scotland, says the drama "e;will unravel the highly charged conflict between the realms of public and private, moral and professional judgement, and the relationship between father and son. Although historically based, the drama explores social issues that are still hugely relevant today."e;
Julian Mitchell’s script draws on transcripts of the original committee hearings, the rich cast of committee members, witnesses, contemporary court cases and fictionalised moments in the corridors of power.