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God Save The Queens

Sky Atlantic documentary. 3 episodes (1 series) in 2012. Features Julian Clary, Boy George, Paul O'Grady, Alan Cumming, Cilla Black, Louie Spence, Arlene Phillips and others.

God Save The Queens

Three-part series celebrating 60 years of gay performers, including comedians and TV personalities, throughout the reign of Queen Elizabeth II

Sky Atlantic
3   (1 series)
Julian Clary, Boy George, Paul O'Grady, Alan Cumming, Cilla Black, Louie Spence, Arlene Phillips, Christopher Biggins and others
Ros Edwards
Sean Doherty and Ros Edwards

God Save The Queens is a warm-hearted and intelligent definitive history of gay performers in the British entertainment industry.

It starts in 1952 after the Queen acceded to the throne and tells the story of gay performers and the role they have played in changing public perception of homosexuality and becoming national institutions along the way.

From Kenneth Williams to Paul O'Grady, Larry Grayson to Graham Norton, Danny La Rue to Elton John, it will be a celebration of achievements and career highlights, as well as a history of how gay rights and our perception of gay performers has changed over the last 60 years.

A stellar cast of contributors including musicians, actors and entertainers reveal the untold stories of our brightest stars combined with compelling archive. Expect every gay comic from Frankie Howerd to Stephen K Amos and Julian Clary to Charles Hawtrey to be featured in this short series.

Sky factual programming commissioner Clare Handford said: "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."

Juliet Rice, Executive Producer of the series, added:
"As we celebrate the royal jubilee, God Save The Queens tells the stories of our favourite gay stars and the social landscape that defined them, providing us with constant entertainment over the last 60 years."

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 31st May 2012 on Sky Atlantic at 8pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 14th June 2012 on Sky Atlantic at 8pm
Length of episodes
1 hour
Last repeat
Monday 16th March 2015 at 2:30am