Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, The Gathering Storm) will star in a powerful new drama that will air on MASTERPIECE on PBS. Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour in July, 2017, MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton announced that Man in an Orange Shirt, starring Redgrave as a grandmother struggling with her relationship with her gay grandson, will air in June 2018 as part of Gay Pride Month.
In his first screen drama, best-selling British novelist Patrick Gale tells two gay love stories, 60 years apart – stories linked by family, and by a painting that holds a secret that echoes down the generations. Charting the challenges and huge changes to gay lives from the Second World War to the present, the two-hour film explores a forbidden relationship made impossible by illegality and societal pressure and contrasts it with present day romance which, while the external constraints have fallen away, is a minefield of internalized issues and temptations.
Oscar-winner Redgrave is joined by a cast that includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr. Selfridge, Lark Rise to Candleford), James McArdle (Worricker), Joanna Vanderham (The Paradise), Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey), Julian Morris, Julian Sands and David Gyasi. Man in An Orange Shirt will air on MASTERPIECE on PBS in June 2018, as part of Gay Pride Month.
Man in an Orange Shirt is produced by Kudos for MASTERPIECE and BBC TWO.