Britain’s Greatest Generation!

Besi Besemar May 28, 2015

George Montague, affectionately known as the oldest gay in the village appears in the last episode of a four-part BBC2 TV series tomorrow, Friday, May 29, at 9pm.

George Montague: The oldest gay in the village
George Montague: The oldest gay in the village

THE series, Britain’s Greatest Generation: How our parents and grandparents made the twentieth century, focuses on the postwar years, giving us oral-history snapshots of lives lived amid rolling social change.

Episode four looks at people who played their part in creating a more culturally diverse post-war Britain, including the 92-year-old Brighton based gay activist George Montague, a Brighton Pride Ambassador in 2013, who vividly describes how he married and started a family to please his mother: He says: “I was living a complete lie.” 

George now shares his life with Civil Partner Somchai. During the summer months they live in their flat on Brighton seafront and in Winter they spend time at their home in Thailand. They plan to marry during this years Brighton Pride celebrations.

Diana Athill talks of how she “stumbled” into the life of an independent woman. Actor Earl Cameron recalls his role in the first film that portrayed a mixed-race relationship and actor Brian Rix recalls the birth of his Down’s syndrome daughter and being told by a doctor to “put her away, forget her, start again”. (Brian became a lifelong campaigner and eventually president of Mencap.)

The programme will be aired on Friday, May 29 at and repeated on Saturday, May 30 at 6.30pm, both on BBC2.

George Montague