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LGBT Related Radio and TV Programmes, 16th – 22nd May

>We seek them out so you don’t have to. This is our weekly non-exhaustive round up of upcoming LGBT programmes on the radio and television. Inclusion of a programme is not a recommendation. Enjoy!

Owt on’t’telly?
A round up of LGBT progs and personalities on British TV.

John Barrowman anchors Tonight’s the Night on Saturday at 6.50pm on BBC1. Eurovision Song Contest BBC1 8pm. Graham Norton presents and the new voting system is supposed to be more democratic. Carol Ann Duffy reads some of her poems onBBC4 at 11pm. That follows a special on Wilfred Owen by Jeremy Paxman on the same channel at 8pm. Dave’s repeat showing of Have I Got News for You at 10.20pm is presented by Julian Clary. So that’s Saturday sorted. Norton Uncut Sunday 11.30pmis on BBC2. Another Come Dine with Me on Sunday C4 at 8pm is from Bristol. BBC4 does two programmes on W.H. Auden from10pm. Monday’s first Corrie is scripted by Jonathan Harvey. Watch repeats Who Do You Think You Are? with Graham Norton on Tuesday at 9pm. Scott Capurro, gay comedian of some class, is on The Wright Stuff, Five, on Wednesday at 9.15am. Graham Norton is on BBC2 at 10pm on Thursday. E4 does another basinful of Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding-Dong on Friday at 11.05pm.

The Ellen de Generes Show is on Fiver every weekday morning at 6. Frasier 8.30am, Will & Grace 9, Paul O’Grady 5pm weekdays C4. Monday’s O’Grady Show guests Matt Lucas.

FilmITV1 offers Carry on Cleo at 1.30pm Saturday, with Amanda Barrie, Willaims and Hawtrey. Bette Davis fans can enjoy All about Eve on Film4 3.25 pm Saturday. ITV3 does Carry on Cruising at 9pm on Sunday. Hairspray yet again on Family at 8pm Monday. The Rocky Horror Picture Show has another outing at 1pm on Modern Greats on Tuesday. Gosford Park on Film4 Wednesday stars Stephen Fry as a nitwit detective. On Thursday the Family Channel offers St Trinians at 8pm followed by X-Men at 9.45. James Gandolfini plays a gay hitman in The Mexican on Friday 8pm Sky Premiere.

Some of the radio programmes listed below can be listened to again via the Listen Again facility of the BBC’s website while some of the television programmes will remain available also for a week on the BBC’s iplayer

Please also note that Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour contains a lot of relevant content and is generally LGBT friendly, but a lot of its output is not available to us before we put this on the site. For the latest Woman’s Hour stuff, subscribe to the programme’s newsletter here

Saturday 16th
BBC Radio 2 – 1pm: Pick of the Pops. Dale Winton. 1962 & 1984
BBC Radio 2 – 6: Going out with Alan Carr
BBC Radio 2 – 8: Eurovision Song Contest
BBC Radio 4 – 10.30: Getting the Gongs. Steve Punt on honours. Features Stephen K. Amos
BBC Radio 4 – 12.30: News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig again. Sue Perkins is among the guests
BBC Radio 4 – 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour. Highlights
BBC Radio 4 – 6.15: Loose Ends
BBC Radio 4 – 11: Counterpoint. Paul Gambaccini presents the music buffs’ quiz
6 Music – 12midnight: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson

Sunday 17th
BBC Radio 2 – 5pm: Paul O’Grady. Lively words and music show
BBC Radio 4 – 8.30pm: Last Word. Weekly obituary that has included LGBT figures in the past
BBC Radio 7 – 10pm: The News Quiz

Monday 18th
BBC Radio 2 – 11.30pm: Liberace: Mr Showmanship! Repeat of 2007 tribute to the closeted pianist
BBC Radio 4 – 1.30pm: Counterpoint

Tuesday 19th
BBC Radio 4 – 4.30pm: Great Lives: with Matthew Parris. Fred Astaire
BBC Radio 4 – 11: The Secret World. Comedy starring Jon Culshaw 3/6

Wednesday 20th
BBC Radio 3 – Starting from 7am, Radio 3 will be airing readings of Shakespeare’s Sonnets as part of the BBC poetry season. According to previews, the issue of his apparent attraction to men will not be avoided.
BBC Radio 4 – 8.45pm Letters to Mary. The story of Mary Wallstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Men, which attacked the patriarchal structure of society and advocated republicanism in 1790

Friday 22nd
BBC Radio 4 – 4.30pm: Last Word. Obituaries. LGBT content unknown
BBC Radio 4 – 6.30: The News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig
6 Music – 7pm: Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 – 7pm: Round the Horne


For a global classification of queer radio on line:,52,78 and
Gay Internet Radio Live (G.I.R.L.) is on the air 24 hours a day with dance music from the US at

Wythenshaw 97.2 FM, a community radio station, airs a lesbian and gay radio magazine programme once weekly, according to Out North West Magazine published by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation in Manchester. Podcast

Galaxy North East
Monday-Friday 4-7pm: James Barr

BBC Radio Manchester – 95.1 and online
Every Monday 8pm: The Gay Hour, Ashley Byrne and Andrew Edwards

BBC London – 94.9 and online
Monday – Friday 3-5pm: Danny Baker. With Amy Lamé or Baylen Leonard

Gaydar Radio – Brighton, London DAB and online 24/7

Manchester’s gaydio

FYI Radio (gay youth radio) – online (currently only podcast but soon to grow to a fully fledged station)

Last Tuesday of the month – 6pm
Out in South London – local LGBT radio show with Rosie Wilby and guests
Listen online at

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