‘Where Are The Gays?’.
In this the semi-centennial anniversary year of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, it ought to be a time of celebration. And indeed it is, non-heterosexuals are now at greater liberty to express themselves and their sexuality. But not so much as heterosexuals. So the celebrations must not be of having won the war, for there is many a battle to come. This thesis is concerned with these problems on British television sitcom (1967 to present); how they were represented before, are now and how they ought to be moving forward. Critical concerns include non-heterosexual visibility on television, the range of non-heterosexual representations on screen and how some non-heterosexual television characters obscure others.
Perhaps it is the ‘old woman’ in me which has manifest an interest in television. There is nothing quite like an episode of The Sweeney, a bout of swooning and a natter about it the next day with the girls. I graduated from Northumbria University in 2017 with a BA (Hons) in Film and Television studies. Throughout my undergraduate career I found myself returning time and time again, in various modular disciplines, to the way in which gender and sexuality has been represented on both the big and small screen. It was through my undergraduate dissertation research process that I fully discerned that I was to begin exercising my academic abilities in this field, and that I should continue this line of research thereafter. I am particularly interested in the ways in which non-heterosexual characters in British television are forgotten, remembered or obscured. Other interests include theology, vegetable gardening and craft beer.