Stephen Fry to host new documentary series on gay rights

The status of gay rights around the world is the subject of a new documentary series from actor Stephen Fry.

Stephen Fry

BBC Two has commissioned the two-part series, "Stephen Fry: Out There," which will see the star of "Wilde" and "V for Vendetta" globe-trotting from North and South America, to Africa, Asia and Russia to learn more about the advance of gay rights. Along the way, the openly gay actor will share his own experiences while meeting individuals attempting to overcome their prejudices and confronting government and community leaders who oppose equal rights.

"We live in astonishing times and the mission is clear - we want the very best filmmakers to find and tell stories that will illuminate, provoke and reveal modern Britain in all its staggering variety," said Commissioning Editor for Documentaries Charlotte Moore of the network's commitment to hard-hitting documentaries like Fry's.

Fry recently opened up about a suicide attempt during the filming of the documentary, which sees the actor confronting anti-gay protestors convinced that they are able to 'cure' homosexuality.

His life was saved when a producer found him unconscious and rushed him to the hospital. "It was a close-run thing," Fry admitted. "I took a huge number of pills and a huge amount of [alcohol]. The mixture of them made my body convulse so much that I broke four ribs - but I was still unconscious."

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Written by: kyleiam
Jun 6th, 2013, 7:39 am

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