Patrick Gale » ScreenIt was an unprecedentedly bold move: A story of suppressed homosexual desire, it wasn't exactly his Christian mother's usual fare. Moreover, it was his most formal "coming out" to date, having never felt the need to announce his sexuality in more concrete terms. Weeks later, Pippa provided her feedback—though it was an off-hand comment about Patrick's father, Michael, that shook the foundations of Patrick's life: "It will help [your father] come to terms with himself," Pippa said cryptically. Patrick recounts her subsequent confession in a recent piece for The Guardian. In that piece, Patrick says that in Pippa Gale discovered a series of letters addressed to "my darling Michael," each signed by her husband's longtime best friend. Understanding Michael's secret truth and its terrifying consequences—prison time, social ruin—Pippa burned the letters that same day.
My father's love for another man: how I turned my parents' tragic secret into a TV drama
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The film drama tells three love stories from two generations of a family, in the s and in The script and idea come from the British bestselling-author Patrick Gale , whose family history is the autobiographical core of the plot. Man in an Orange Shirt features two separate yet interwoven stories:  Part 1 tells of the obstacles that Western society is putting into the love relationship of the two veterans Michael and Thomas in the immediate post-war period. Part 2 describes the trials and tribulations of 21st century partnerships, using the example of Michael's grandson. The stories are linked by Flora, as Michael's grieving wife and Adam's grandmother, whose unrequited love for Michael and conservative education results in a hateful response to Adam's coming-out. In London today, a grandmother looks at an old photo of her deceased husband and remembers the beginning of their relationship in the turmoil of World War II. During a mission, Michael is reunited with an old schoolmate, Captain Thomas March, who is badly wounded in the attack.
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Thursday 20 July , How did you become involved in the season and why is this such an important anniversary? The drama has had a six year genesis. She ended up with me by the happy coincidence that I used to play bridge with Sue Swift at Kudos! The initial idea was that this would be a mainstream show to be aired in a prime time BBC One slot but it fits so beautifully into the Gay Britannia season that I was more than happy for it to glide across to BBC Two.
Please refresh the page and retry. Just such a discovery proved pivotal in the opening part of this fine TV drama, which explored the corrosive impact of being unable to pursue love truly and to the full. Up to that point, the story had been a familiar, if exquisitely wrought, tale of repression; of how two Army officers, Michael Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Thomas James McArdle , met during the Second World War and fell in love. D emobbed and out of uniform — in both senses — they spent a happy, sexually fulfilled sojourn in a secluded cottage. But Flora, too, was condemned to spend a lifetime resenting being duped into a sham marriage.
By Patrick Mulkern. Patrick Gale: Absolutely. A very happy accident. The show has taken six years from first meeting to first transmission and was starting to feel like an intensely private obsession. It was originally planned as a mainstream drama for BBC1 that would just happen to focus on gay lives. Patrick Gale: It has been amazing.