Born in Italy, Peter Wildeblood came to London at the age of three in 1926. He won a scholarship to Oxford but left to serve in the RAF 1941-46, returning to Oxford after the war. In 1954 he was a well-known London journalist when he was jailed for homosexuality. After serving his prison sentence, he wrote a number of novels, plays and television scripts and had a key role in the decriminalisation of homosexuality. He died in 1999.