BBC Orders Patrick Gale’s Man In An Orange Shirt

BBC One has commissioned a two part drama from novelist Patrick Gale. Man In An Orange Shirt will tell two gay love stories set 60 years apart which are linked by a painting that echoes a secret down the generations.

Patrick Gale says: “Man In An Orange Shirt is the most exciting screen project I’ve worked on to date: an original drama exploring strands of gay male experience since the 1940s. It has been such a privilege to be given such an open brief and then allowed to run with it.”

“I don’t want to give too much away but after much experimenting, we’ve ended up with two hour-long films – one set in the 1940s and 50s, one set in the violently contrasted present; one depicting a love story made impossible by pressures from society, one a love story nearly derailed by the long-term fallout from the 1940s story.”

“People who know my novels will be unsurprised to hear that that stories give equal focus to wives and mothers and are very much about tensions between family bonds, the need to be good and the urge to seize happiness. I hope they’ll appeal equally to straight and gay viewers, but also that they’ll leave either side feeling challenged about things they take for granted.”

Patrick Gale’s novels include Notes From An Exhibition and A Place Called Winter.