Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Michael Gambon starred as flamboyant Irish poet-playwright Oscar Wilde in this three-part British miniseries. Wilde rapidly rose to fame and fortune in Victorian England on the basis of his quick and scathing wit, the brilliance of his published work and his outrageous lifestyle. Given the moral temper of the times, however, Wilde could not reveal publicly that he was a homosexual, and was forced to lead a double life. The truth came out during a scandalous trial in which he was exposed and vilified by the representatives of the Marquis of Queensbury (Norman Rodway), the father of Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred Douglas (Robin Lermitte). Found guilty of sexual deviance, Wilde was sentenced to prison, and lived out the remainder of his life in obscurity and disgrace. Oscar was originally broadcast by BBC2 in 1985.