TV Tip: Don’t miss tomorrow’s episode of “Garrow’s Law” (BBC1, 9PM)
That most detestable sin…
… no, not that one.
This being “The Joyful Molly“, we’ve had countless discussions through the years about Article 28 of the Royal Navy’s Articles of War (1757 edition) and its consequences; the article which reflects the attitude of the 18th century towards homosexuality:
If any person in the fleet shall commit the unnatural and detestable sin of buggery and sodomy with man or beast, he shall be punished with death by the sentence of a court martial.
And what was true for the navy was just as true – or maybe even more so – for British society as a whole. So I’m very curious to see how “Garrow’s Law” will deal with the issue tomorrow:
Garrow defends a man accused of sodomy, a capital offence in Georgian England. But Garrow is embroiled in a simmering sexual scandal of his own – Sir Arthur Hill has accused him of adultery with his wife. In representing an accused homosexual, Garrow risks gossip and humiliation. And, it turns out, he must also perpetuate a lie.
For those interested: homosexuality in 18th century and the devastating legal consequences have also been dealt with in episode two of Channel 4’s excellent drama TV series “City of Vice”.
You can also find examples for the way some officers dealt with cases of homosexuality aboard their ships here:
The review for episode two should be up by Monday evening.
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