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Our Gay Wedding: The Awards
Nov 15, 2015

On March 29th, 2014, Benjamin got married to his long-term partner, Nathan, in a television musical for Channel 4, which was broadcast just two days after the event.

This date marked the first day that same-sex couples could get married in England and Wales, and as Benjamin is a composer, and his Nathan is an actor and singer, they could think of no more appropriate way of getting married than doing so in a musical!

Highlights of the programme include the singing registrar, a duet performed by the grooms' mothers, narration by Stephen Fry, sung vows, and Erasure's Andy Bell singing a ballad version of his hit song, A Little Respect, in front of a film backdrop depicting the struggle for equality in the UK over the past 50 years since homosexulaity was decriminalised.

The film has received great critical acclaim, and been nominated for a BAFTA (Specialist Factual), Royal Television Society Award (Best Arts Programme), two Guardian Edinburgh International Film and Television Awards (Most Innovative Documentary, and TV Moment of the Year), a Broadcast Award (Best Music Programme).

The show has also won a prestigious Grierson Award (Best Entertaining Documentary) and the in international award, the Prix Italia (Best Performing Arts Programme)

At the time of writing, Our Gay Wedding: The Musical has been nominated for the Rose D'Or Award, and the winners will be announced in early December.