Beginning on Monday 2nd December to mark World AIDS Day and continuing on the following two Monday evenings, BBC Four is to screen the multi-award winning Swedish drama Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves, telling the story of the AIDS crisis as it hit Stockholm’s gay community in the 1980s.
The series gripped Sweden, united the LGBT community and is credited with an increase in awareness about HIV and AIDS. The programme was named as Sweden’s Best Drama at the Kristallen Awards. This year, its author, Johan Gardell was named Sweden’s LGBT person of the year and was presented an award by Swedish Crown Princess Victoria.
Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves is a 3 part drama series about love in the shadow of AIDS, set in Stockholm in the 1980s.
When Rasmus and Benjamin meet at a party they fall instantly and deeply in love. For a short time their happiness continues until suddenly young men start to get sick, fade away and die. AIDS has come to Stockholm and nothing will ever be the same.
The series has been acquired for BBC Four by BBC’s Head of Acquisitions, Sue Deeks, who says: “This is a beautifully realised drama about the early years of the AIDS epidemic which has a poignant and affecting love story at its heart – we are so pleased to be able to bring it to BBC Four viewers.”
Set in Sweden, the series was a huge public and critical success when aired and it recently won the Kristallen (Swedish Emmy) for Best Television Drama. Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves also won the Audience Award at the Series Mania Festival in Paris last April, in competition with American TV dramas such as Game Of Thrones and House Of Cards.
It is directed by Simon Kaijser and written by renowned author Jonas Gardell, after his series of books with the same title. It is an in-house SVT production with Maria Nordenberg as executive producer.
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