While agreeing with Owen Jones about the groundbreaking nature of the show, albeit with the caveat that it wasn’t so compelling for lesbians, it concerns me that he seems to have missed some great queer British TV over the past 20 years.
Honourable mention needs to go to Sugar Rush, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Tipping the Velvet, Portrait of a Marriage, The Bisexual and Tales of the City. There were also sympathetic and credible gay characters in This Life, Brideshead Revisited and Torchwood. Popular soap operas have also had fantastic gay/lesbian storylines that brought gay lives into the mainstream. As well as dramatic output, Channel 4’s eclectic documentary Out on Tuesday covered a wide range of Lgbt issues in Britain and was staffed largely by lesbian and gay media folk.