A tribute night to two late gay icons on BBC4 – Frankie Howerd & Gore Vidal – on the Olympics closing night. Thank you BBC -NOT!!
So the BBC in their eternal wisdom have decided to hold a tribute night for Frankie Howerd on the night everyone and all will be watching the closing of the Olympics. Great, just great -and to make matters worse, this will be the lone sole tribute to the only recently departed Gore Vidal.
What’s the use of this? Especially as there will be no repeat late night showings. How is this going to compete with a celebration of pop that the UK has been waiting on for months?
It is a waste of a tribute to two integral keys of gay history, who every young gay men should know about. Gore Vidal one of the first openly homosexual public figures, lecturing in his inimitable way on the gay subtexts in the work of himself and others and Frankie Howerd – the tortured closeted man during a time when homosexuality was still illegal.
These are figures that people should remaine aware of. Sadly no-one will feel inclined to see a documentary and the beautiful portrayal of David Walliams as the tortured genius in a film that received too little promotion and really should be shown on BBC2 one day.
Please BBC, repeat these important broadcasts during a time when people will be actually able to watch, it’s too big a subject to drown in the Olympic celebrations.
For those interested, the tribute night starts at 8.05PM on BBC4.