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LGBT Related Radio and TV Programmes, 23rd – 29th 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.

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Hay on Sky is on Sky Arts 1 about 3 times a day. Lots of LGBT folk there so it’s worth keeping the eyes peeled. There’s a drag queen or two on Britain’s Got Talent on ITV1 Saturday 8.20pm, Sunday 8.30pm, Monday 9pm and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.30pm; doubtless repeated on ITV2 on various occasions. Just as BGT has infested the ITV network, Come Dine with Mefestoons the schedules over at 4, where there’s a token gay man in every kitchen. (C4 at 4pm Saturday, 8.30pm Sunday and 5.30 BHM, More4 5.55 Sunday, 6.20 BHM and Celebrity Special with Christopher Biggins slobbering over a very appreciative Phillip Olivier at 9, 2pm More4 and 5.30 C4 every day thereafter.) John Barrowman anchors Tonight’s the Night on Saturday at 7.20pm on BBC1. Tonight’s edition features the “specially written” scene of Doctor Who by Russell T Davies, featuring the man with the blue sock on his head. Will Young makes a guest appearance on Horne and Corden at 10pm on BBC3.

On Sunday The Big Questions at 10am BBC1 often touches on LGBT issues. Norton Uncut 11.30pm is on BBC2. C4 repeats the first series of Dirty Sexy Money at 12.05am Wednesday. What the Dickens? returns to Sky Arts 1, with Sandi Toksvig presenting and Sue Perkins on the panel. Graham Norton is on BBC2 at 10pm on Thursday. Greens’ Caroline Lucas on Question Time BBC1 10.35pm. 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.

as Captain Fearless in Carry on Jack ITV1 1.15pm Saturday. Rocky Horror Picture Show airs on Sky Screen 1 at 1.20am Saturday night. Lest it rains on BHM (it will!) ITV4 is airing Spartacus at 1.50pm, while TCM does Ben Hur at 3pm (9pm TCM2). As pointed out in the Gay Hollywood Encyclopaedia The Celluloid Closet both films have their homoerotic moments.

Also Monday night or Tuesday morning: Boys Don’t Cry at 3.20am Sky Screen 2.Tuesday also features Gosford Park on Film4at 9pm and X-Men on Family at 9.45pm. One to be infuriated by is Enigma on BBC3 at 9pm on Wednesday. The code breaker Tom Jericho, played by Dougray Scott, is based on Alan Turing but he is heterosexual and his love interest is Kate Winslett. Gwyneth Paltrow plays the depressive geniusSylvia Plath in Sylvia on Wednesday night at 11pm on BBC4. St Trinians is on Family at 10pm. Sweet Bird of Youth TCM 12.55am. Best offer on Friday is Rebel without a Cause on TCM at 4.55pm.

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 23rd
BBC Radio 2 – 1pm: Pick of the Pops. Dale Winton. 1960 & 1982
BBC Radio 2 – 6: Going out with Alan Carr
BBC Radio 2 – 8: Paul Gambaccini. US hits
BBC Radio 4 – 6.07am: Ramblings. Clare Balding on Britten’s Suffolk
BBC Radio 4 – 12.30: News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig
BBC Radio 4 – 1.10: Any Questions? Caroline Lucas
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 24th
BBC Radio 2 – 5pm: Paul O’Grady. Lively words and music show
BBC Radio 3 – 8pm: Drama on 3: Scandinavian Dreams. Dramatisation of an epic search by Mary Wallstonecraft
BBC Radio 4 – 6.05am: Something Understood. Rabbi Lionel Blue contributes to an examination of homesickness
BBC Radio 4 – 11.15: Desert Island Discs. Barry Humphries
BBC Radio 4 – 8.30pm: Last Word. Weekly obituary that has included LGBT figures in the past
BBC Radio 4 – 10.45pm: Letters to Mary. Writer and feminist Natasha Walter has an imaginary update for Mary Wallstonecraft
BBC Radio 7 – 10pm: The News Quiz

Bank Holiday Monday (25th)
BBC Radio 2 – 4pm: Pet Shop Boys Wired
BBC Radio 2 – 11.30pm: Liberace: Mr Showmanship! Repeat of 2007 tribute to the closeted pianist
BBC Radio 4 – 11am: The Six Faces of Henry VIII. Alan Bennett assists Ian Hislop in raking among the ruins of this most famous Tudor’s reputation
BBC Radio 4 – 11.30: The Better Half. 1922 Noel Coward comedy of manners
BBC Radio 4 – 1.30pm: Counterpoint

Tuesday 26th
BBC Radio 4 – 4.30pm: Great Lives: with Matthew Parris. Giovanni Falcone; the anti mafia magistrate in Sicily who eventually became their victim
BBC Radio 7 – 2.45pm: Untold Stories. Alan Bennett

Wednesday 27th
BBC Radio 4 – 8.45pm: Letters to Mary. Repeated from Sunday
BBC Radio 4 – 11.30: Reasons to be Cheerful. With Stephen K. Amos

Thursday 28th
BBC Radio 4 – 4pm: Open Book. Mariella Frostrup talks to Jake Arnott
BBC Radio 4 – 8.30: The Bottom Line. Evan Davis

Friday 29th
BBC Radio 4 – 9am: Desert Island Discs. Barry Humphries
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

GayRadio-UK is a new online radio station which goes on the air from Monday 18th May at 2100 from studios in Blackpool and promises
a variety of LGBT programming. The audio stream is at Podcasts are already active and feature guests iuncluding lesbian actress Amanda Barrie, gay icon Su Pollard and radical actor Richie Tomlinson. Daily programmes are uploaded at the most popular gay podcast site on the net, Feast of Fun , with a speech based programme of LGBT guests, news digest and light-hearted discussion.

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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