A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
-William Wordsworth, lines from The Daffodils

Tracie’s Story - Accused (2012) BBC TV
starring Sean Bean, Stephen Graham

Glad my instincts about these things are still working fine, absolutely as brilliant as I expected!! Jimmy McGovern & Shaun Duggan, bravo. 2 days & 4 viewings so far to take all this in from different angles: as a fan, as an artist, as presented, as a loving human being.
Above are some more fave stills I made, it was so very hard to choose frames since the whole thing is such a masterpiece of filming, editing, soundtrack (!!), etc! This story had so many ups & downs, I cried for many reasons. I was so sad Simon was so unhappy, even as Tracie. Both personalities are wonderful in themselves, and together they made an incredibly vibrant person, beautiful, sensitive, intelligent… loved seeing Simon’s passion grow, seeing him happy as Tracie with Tony, and that was the kicker.

Sean and Stephen could not have been better. I am totally mesmerised by the way Sean handled Tracie. Attitude, moves, process, and he looks just smashing, do you have any idea how unforgiving HD filming is?! And OH, god, the poetry! It’s one of my most ardent wishes to see Sean win an acting award such as BAFTA, this performance makes a very strong case for it!!

And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.


NO worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief,
More pangs will, schooled at forepangs, wilder wring.
Comforter, where, where is your comforting?
Mary, mother of us, where is your relief?
My cries heave, herds-long; huddle in a main, a chief-
woe, world-sorrow; on an age-old anvil wince and sing
-first lines from the poem Tracie recited, by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Sean Bean - The Accused (2012) TV drama, BBC - Tracie’s Story

I haven’t said much about this but the latest interview with Sean about it published 27 July at BBC is superb! I’m very excited to see it as I think it was Sean’s greatest acting challenge yet… and nailed it.

EDIT 1 Aug: BBC has decided to premiere the series with Sean’s episode!! Airs 14 August just 2 weeks from now, get ready!!!

BBC One trailer for Accused:

Official description of episode:

Simon Gaskell (Sean Bean) is a college English teacher who specialises in poetry and has a secret. His alter ego is a transvestite called Tracie Tremarco, who is gay, lonely and looking for love. But trawling Manchester’s bars dressed up to the nines has not produced a lasting or truly fulfilling relationship.

Then as fate would have it Tracie falls head over heels in love in unexpected circumstances, following an altercation with some blokes out on a stag night. One of the stag revellers, Tony (Stephen Graham) a satellite and aerial engineer, comes to Tracie’s aid and offers her a lift home.

Tony and Tracie are smitten and hesitatingly their love affair begins. But Tony has a secret too - he’s married to a local beautician, Karen (Rachel Leskovac), and he cares deeply for his wife. Before long Tracie becomes entangled in a triangular love affair that leads inexorably to a terrible crime of passion.

Simon Gaskall/Tracie Tremarco is played by Sean Bean, Tony is played by Stephen Graham and Karen is played by Rachel Leskovac.