Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave leads an array of young stars in the compelling two-hour telefeature Man In An Orange Shirt - a story that charts the challenges and huge changes to gay lives from the Second World War to the present day.
Man In An Orange Shirt follows two love stories, 60 years apart - stories linked by family and a painting, with a secret that echoes down the generations.
In 1944, British Army Captain Michael Berryman meets war artist Thomas March in Southern Italy while chaos reigns all around them. Despite having a young fiancé, Flora, waiting at home for him, straight-laced Michael finds himself falling for Thomas’ bohemian charms.
In 2017, an ageing Flora (Redgrave) looks on as her grandson Adam tentatively forms a relationship with his client Steve in a more accepting world.
But while the external obstacles have fallen away, a minefield of internalised issues and dangerous temptations still line the road to happiness.
Man In An Orange Shirt is the first screen drama from best-selling British novelist Patrick Gale.
Man in an Orange Shirt - tonight, 8.30, TVNZ 1. Captions and audio description available.