Consenting Adults (2007 film)

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Consenting Adults
Genre Drama
Written by Julian Mitchell
Directed by Richard Curson Smith
Starring Charles Dance
Sean Biggerstaff
Samantha Bond
Mel Smith
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Running time 75 minutes
Original network BBC Four
Original release 5 September 2007

Consenting Adults is a 2007 BBC Four television dramatisation of the events of the Wolfenden committee, whose report led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain. Set in the 1950s, the film depicts social attitudes towards homosexuality in Britain at that time, largely focusing on the committee's chair, John Wolfenden, and his own homosexual son Jeremy.

The film was commissioned as part of a season of programming marking the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales in 1967. Similar legislation came into force in Scotland and Northern Ireland in 1981 and 1982 respectively.



The film was nominated for BAFTA Scotland’s Best Drama Award on 18 November 2007, and Sean Biggerstaff won BAFTA Scotland’s Award for Best Actor (Television).

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