BBC Blog: What do lesbian, gay and bisexual audiences really watch on TV? Diversity is moving up the agenda in broadcasting. Three years ago, the BBC undertook a big project looking at how lesbians, gays and bisexuals are portrayed on TV and radio. And the results are in. BBC Pride Chair, Adrian Ruth, considers statistics revealing what LGB (Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual) audiences are watching on television.
>Kevin Elyot’s film adaptation of writer Christopher Isherwood’s 1976 memoir, will be aired on Saturday 19th March, between 9:30pm and 11:00pm on BBC2. The drama, which had a premier showing during LGBT History Month, stars Matt Smith as Isherwood More info on Wikipedia
> 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.Some of the programmes listed below will be available online on the respective network’s websites Listings (times given are pm unless otherwise […]
>Many people see South Africa, with its famously liberal constitution, as a bastion of sexual freedom on the continent. But in some townships, gay women in particular experience homophobic abuse, rape and murder. The BBC’s Andrew Harding has been finding out how football has given one group of gay women sanctuary in South Africa; watch […]
>Next week, BBC2 will broadcast a 90 min drama called The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister. Starring Maxine Peake (Criminal Justice, Little Dorrit), the film evokes the life of Anne Lister (1791–1840), a lesbian who, despite needing to keep her orientation secret from society at large, defied the conventions of her times by living […]
>BBC1 is airing a documentary on LGB people – or the lack of them – in sport. The programme, entitled Inside Sport: The Last Taboo? will go out on Monday 24th May at 11.20pm. Presented by Mark Chapman, it includes interviews with Donal Cusack, tennis legend Martina Navratilova, former Wales and Lions rugby captain Gareth […]
>In case you missed them: Last week, as part of it’s Tonight series of programmes, ITV1 broadcast a show highlighting the true face of homophobia in the UK today. Presented by LGBT History Month patron and rugby star Gareth Thomas, the broadcast included filming public reaction to a gay couple walking through Wigan high street […]
>Channel 4 is to become the first UK broadcaster to put its back catalogue online completely free of charge – giving viewers the chance to watch homegrown shows such as Queer As Folk or the first lesbian kiss to be shown before the 9pm watershed (in Brookside). From July, more than 4,000 hours of the […]
>Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver stars in this television film based on the true story of a 1970s religious suburban housewife and mother who struggles to accept the homosexuality of her young son Bobby. Bobby’s suicide causes Mary Griffith to question her faith; ultimately she changes her views to the point […]
>As Barack Obama, the 44th and LGBT friendly president of the US is about to take the oath of office, queer filmmaker John Waters, gives him some advice. View the video on the BBC News website here.