Man in an Orange Shirt on Masterpiece

Man in an Orange Shirt on Masterpiece

Sun, 06/13/2021 - 10:00pm - 11:59pm

Picture: Adam (Julian Morris) and Flora (Vanessa Redgrave)

Credit: Courtesy of Nick Briggs/Kudos for BBC and MASTERPIECE

A remarkable cast headed by Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave (Julia) portrays a pair of love stories, sixty years apart, linked by family ties, sexual identity, and a mysterious painting. 

Man in an Orange Shirt, scripted by bestselling novelist Patrick Gale (A Place Called Winter), airs Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV as part of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The drama was broadcast to wide acclaim in the UK in 2017 for the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality. The Telegraph (London) praised the drama as “a well-crafted and moving dialogue between past and present.” The Guardian (London) wrote, “Man in an Orange Shirt does a beautiful job of showing the consequences of repression for all during this time of upheaval.” And The Mail on Sunday (London) proclaimed “Vanessa Redgrave is a magnificent standout.”

The plot opens on the Italian front near the end of World War II. British Captain Michael Berryman (Jackson-Cohen) saves the life of a wounded fellow officer and recognizes him as Thomas March (McArdle), an old schoolmate, now serving as an official war artist. Though engaged to his childhood sweetheart, Flora (Vanderham), Michael feels a powerful attraction to Thomas, who feels the same way. After the artist’s recuperation, the two share a brief, passionate encounter before parting.