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Some Light Relief from Election Coverage -TV


Friday night, 13th December, will provide some chances for LGBTQ television viewers to escape from the continued dissection of the recent General Election on the news channels. On Film4 at 6.45pm, there will be a screening of “The Imitation Game” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the gay, atheist and brilliant mathematician whose work helped to develop the computer as we know it today. Mr Turing also helped the incredible work of cracking the German cypher codes during the Second World War, allowing the Allied powers to crack German codes and saving potentially millions of lives by helping bring the war to a swift conclusion in the Summer of 1945. As one pundit put it, next time that pompous old homophobe Anne Widdecombe (her political career in apparent tatters after failing to win her seat for the Brexit Party against an incumbent gay man in Plymouth Sutton) lays claim to British pluckiness in the war, she should reflect on the fact that our tremendous victory was in no small part due to the efforts of an atheist homosexual. Later on during the evening, over on Channel Five, a number of celebrities including gay theologian and television presenter the Reverend Richard Coles, will be journeying to Finland on a “Christmas Adenture” as they seek Santa Claus and explore the northern European country's delights. At 9pm, on ITV4, Gary and Martin Kemp, the twins from eighties pop sensations Spandau Ballet, will star with Billie Whitelaw in the 1990 movie on the life and crimes of the Kray Twins, the famous London gangland gangsters who ran the capitals crime scenes during the 1960's. Ronnie Kray always said to his biographers that he was bisexual, although some analysis held him to have been more or less exclusively gay.

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