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A portrait of a handsome young man painted by his male lover is at the heart of this cracking and thought-provoking two-part drama that examines the challenges faced by a pair of gay men in the 1940s and another couple in 2017.

The opener follows old school friends, soldier Michael (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) and artist Thomas (James McArdle), who meet again during World War Two and begin a passionate liaison.

But the oppression of 1940s society and Michael’s marriage to naïve Flora (Joanna Vanderham) look set to keep them apart.

The ramifications when their secret is uncovered result in heartache for them all.