Daniel Mays To Be Wildeblood In Against The Law

BBC Two has announced that Daniel Mays (Line Of Duty) will star in factual drama Against The Law as gay journalist Peter Wildeblood, whose lover Eddie McNally (Richard Gadd) turned Queen’s evidence against him in the 1950s Montagu Trial.

More than ten years before the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in 1967, Peter Wildeblood, and his friends Lord Montagu (Mark Edel-Hunt) and Michael Pitt-Rivers, were found guilty of homosexual offences and jailed.

With his career in tatters and his private life painfully exposed, Wildeblood began his sentence a broken man, but he emerged from Wormwood Scrubs a year later determined to do all he could to change these draconian laws.

Woven through this powerful drama is real-life testimony from men who lived through those times, when homosexuals were routinely imprisoned or forced to undergo chemical aversion therapy in an attempt to cure them of their “condition”.

Daniel Mays said: “I’m incredibly proud to be part of a drama that tells such an important real-life story. Peter Wildeblood is a fascinating, complex, yet flawed character from a time when being a gay man in Britain was incredibly difficult.”

Against the Law, written by Brian Fillis, also features Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) as prison psychiatrist Doctor Landers and Charlie Creed-Miles (Peaky Blinders) as Superintendent Jones. It will air on BBC Two later this year.