A Bill Called William (1997)

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Documentary to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, nicknamed `William', which legalised sex between males aged 21 and over. The programme includes interviews with Leo Abse, who sponsored the bill through Parliament, Lord (Roy) Jenkins, and Baroness (Barbara) Castle, and dramatisations of the contemporary debates held in the Houses of Commons and Lords. Gay men also recall the social ostracism, blackmail threats and physical attacks of the era.

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