Sunday, December 28, 2008

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 27th December - 2nd January

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!

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.



Radio
Saturday 27th
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul Gambaccini. US hits
BBC Radio 3 - 6pm: La Fanciulla del West
BBC Radio 4 - 6am: Today. Evan Davies
BBC Radio 4 - 9am: Saturday Live. Clare Balding
BBC Radio 4 - 10: Excess Baggage. Sandi Toksvig. Another Hat Trick!
BBC Radio 4 - 2pm: Scraps of Bacon. James Maw finds out bits about Francis Bacon’s social life and circle
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour. Highlights
BBC Radio 4 - 10.15: Pick of the Year. Sandi Toksvig presents
6 Music - 12midnight: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 - 6pm: The Price of Fear. Presented by the late Vincent Price

Sunday 28th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Elaine Page. Show tunes and music
BBC Radio 2 - 2.30: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops ’69 and ‘89
BBC Radio 3 - 8am: Tppett: Dance, Clarion Air
BBC Radio 3 - 12noon: Private Passions. With Sue Perkins
BBC Radio 4 - 8.10am: Sunday Worship. Includes The Manchester Carols; text written by Carol Ann Duffy
6 Music - 1am: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 - 6pm: Dr Who – the Commentaries

Monday 29th
BBC Radio 3 - 10.51am: Britten: The Prince of the Pagodas
BBC Radio 4 - 11am: Together against the Odds. A married couple explain how they stayed together after one of them changed gender
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30pm: Just a Minute. Graham Norton guests
Classic FM - 9pm: Paul Gambaccini

Tuesday 30th
BBC Radio 2 - 2pm Madonna: 30 at 50. Simon Mayo leads a tribute
BBC Radio 2 - 11.30: The Class of 2008. Paul Gambaccini presents.
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30pm: Great Lives. Presented by Matthew Parris. David Soul on the resistance hero Dietrich Bonhoeffer
BBC Radio 4 - 11pm: Will Hodgson: Straight outta Chuppenham
Classic FM - 9pm: Paul Gambaccini

Wednesday 31st - NYE
BBC Radio 4 - 9pm: Stage to Screen. Paul Gambaccini looks at On the Town

Thursday 1st - New Year’s Day
BBC Radio 2 - 2pm: Motown: 30 at 50. The ubiquitous Paul Gambaccini presents
BBC Radio 3 - 7am: Tchaikovsky. Overture: Hamlet
BBC Radio 3 - 6pm: New Generation Artists. Includes Britten
BBC Radio 4 -10am: Woman’s Hour. Revised repeat of the profile of Simone de Beauvoir
BBC Radio 4 - 11: Frost Fair. Carol Ann Duffy contributes
Classic FM - 9pm: Paul Gambaccini

Friday 2nd
BBC Radio 4 - 3pm: Ramblings. With Clare Balding
6 Music - 7pm: Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 - 7pm: Round the Horne
Classic FM - 9pm: Paul Gambaccini

Local
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
Sunday 9am-12noon: Lesley Joseph and Christopher Biggins
Monday – Friday 3-5pm: Danny Baker. With Amy Lamé or Baylen Leonard

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

BBC Three Counties - online, Cambs, Essex, Norfolk, Northants., Suffolk
10pm-1am: Ern and Vern. Kenny Everett meets Round the Horn in a bucketful of innuendo

Manchester’s gaydio www.gaydio.co.uk

FYI Radio (gay youth radio) - online (currently only podcast but soon to grow to a fully fledged station) www.fyiradio.net

www.pinkeradio.com

Television

Entertainment and Documentaries

Saturday 27th
BBC1 - 8.40: Casualty. Toby and Ben sub-plot continues
BBC2 - 8pm: University Challenge: The Story so Far. History of the programme features Stephen Fry as a competitor
BBC2 - 9pm: Comic Relief Does University Challenge. North vs. South. Stephen Fry competes again
BBC2 - 11.30: Graham Norton. Best bits from his show
BBC2 - 12.15: TOTP2 Soft Cell and The Pet Shop Boys but be warned, Rod Stewart and Clive Dunn are there too
BBC HD - 6.40 and 9pm: Strictly Come Dancing
C4 - 3.30pm: 4Dance 2008. Best dance in film. Presented by Jonzi D
C4 - 9pm: Bring Back…Fame. Reunion with Irene Cara. Justin Lee Collins works on the project and presents it
More4 - 10pm: Macbeth. Ian McKellen and Judi Dench as the doomed Thane and his Lady in a ’79 version of Trevor Nunn’s production with minimal settings and wardrobe
Living - 9am: The Golden Girls
Living - 3 and 6.30pm: Will and Grace
Watch - 4 and 5pm: Dr Who
Watch - 6.50: Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special
Sky Arts - 11.30am: What the Dickens? Arts quiz presented by Sandi Toksvig
Sky Arts - 5.30pm: Freddie Mercury: Tribute Concert
Sky Arts2 - 12noon: Swan Lake
Biography - 5pm: Lindsay Lohan’s Most Shocking Moments

Sunday 28th
ITV1 - 1.45pm: Dancing on Ice at Christmas
More4 - 4pm Come Dine with Me. Christmas double Omnibus
More4 - 7.55: Celebrity Come Dine with Me
Living - 9am: The Golden Girls
Living - 3.55am: Queer Eye…
Watch - 4pm: Dr Who Confidential
Watch - 4.10: Dr Who
Watch - 7: Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special
Sky Arts - 12noon: What the Dickens? Sandi Toksvig presents
Sky 2 - 2pm: Swan Lake

Monday 29th
BBC2 - 9pm: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking. Rupert Everett stars
BBC2 - 11.20: TOTP2. Elton John among others
BBC4 - 8.30pm: Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press.
C4 - 5pm: Celebrity Come Dine with Me
C4 - 10: Cutting Edge: The Pregnant Man. Thomas Beatie (rpt)
More4 - 7.55pm: Come Dine with Me
More4 - 10pm: David Starkey’s Monarchy: The Windsors
Gold - 11.50: The Thin Blue Line
Living - 7 and 1pm: Will and Grace
Living - 3.55am: Queer Eye…
Watch - 4pm: Dr Who
Biography - 5pm: The Real James Dean

Tuesday 30th
BBC1 - 5pm: Weakest Link Special. Strictly Come Dancing stars
BBC1 - 7: Celebrity Mastermind. John Sessions
BBC1 - 10: QI Christmas Special (rpt)
BBC2 - 10.30pm: The Graham Norton Holiday Show. Festive round off of the current series
BBC2 - 12.55am: The Graham Norton Show. Best of (rpt)
BBCHD - 11.40: Hotel Babylon
C4 - 5pm: Come Dine with Me
More4 - 9pm: Come Dine with Me
Living - 3,7pm and 1am: Will and Grace
Living - 3.55am: Queer Eye…
Watch - 4pm: Dr Who
Sky Arts2 - 8am: Swan Lake

Wednesday 31st - NYE
BBC1 - 5.35pm: Top of the Pops NYE Special
BBC1 - 8pm: Weakest Link Special. With stars from Strictly Come Dancing
BBC2 - 6.20pm: Escape to the Country. With Alistair Appleton
ITV1 - 11.15pm: Elton John’s New Year Party: Live from the O2 Arena. See the New Year in with Elton
C4 - 5pm: Celebrity Come Dine with Me
Five - 12.20pm: Russell Grant’s New Year Stars
Living - 10am, 7pm and 1am: Will and Grace
Living - 3.55am: Queer Eye…
Watch - 4pm: Dr Who
Watch - 11pm: Catherine Tate. Paul O’Grady in a cameo role
Sky Arts1 - 7pm: What the Dickens? New series
History - 7pm: David Starkey on Elizabeth I

Thursday 1st - New Year’s Day
BBC1 - 1.50pm: Dr Who at the Proms
BBC1 - 2.50: Dr Who. Repeat from Christmas Day
BBC4 - 10.25pm: How to Write a Mills and Boon. Stella Duffy
ITV1 - 10.25: Elton John at the O2. Repeat from yesterday
C4 - 7pm: Come Dine with Me
More4 - 3pm: Come Dine with Me
Living - 10am, 7pm and 1am: Will and Grace
Living - 11am: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 3.55am: Queer Eye…
Watch - 12noon: Dr Who. Five hour feast
Sky Arts1 - 8.30am and 1.30pm: What the Dickens?
Bio (formerly known as Biography) - 12noon: Barry Manilow

Friday 2nd
BBC2 - 4.25: Escape to the Country. Alistair Appleton in Shropshire
BBC2 - 10pm: QI Christmas Special. Yet another repeat of the December 22nd broadcast
BBC2 - 12.15: The Graham Norton Holiday Show (rpt)
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who. Followed by Dr Who Confidential
BBC HD - 5pm: Dr Who at the Proms
ITV1 - 8.30: Coronation Street. Jonathan Harvey wrote this one. Margi Clarke pops in
C4 - 9pm: Celebrity Big Brother Live
C4 - 11.20: The Sunday Night Christmas Project (rpt)
More4 - 7.55pm: Come Dine with Me
Living - 7pm: Will and Grace
Living - 3.55am: Queer Eye…
Watch - 7am: Dr Who. Omnibus
Sky Arts1 - 5pm: Francis Bacon
Sky Arts1 - 12.25am: What the Dickens?

Film and drama
Saturday 27th
BBC1 - 10.50: Interview with the Vampire. Cruise, Pitt, Banderas and Slater in tale with homo-erotic overtones
BBC3 - 7.55: Finding Nemo. Ellen DeGeneres as the animated forgetful fish
BBC4 - 9pm: Crooked House (features Samuel Barnett and Derren Brown)
More4 - 2.45pm: Carry on up the Khyber
Five - 12.10pm: The Browning Version. Stars Michael Redgrave
Gold - 11.10am: Carry on Matron
Gold - 7pm: Carry on up the Jungle
Classics - 11pm: The Wild One. Marlon Brando
Modern Greats - 10.20am and 4.10pm: My Best Friend’s Wedding

Sunday 28th
Gold - 11.10am: Carry on up the Jungle
Gold - 7pm: Doctor at Sea. Dirk Bogarde becomes a sailor to avoid marriage. I ask you
ITV1 - 9: Affinity. Two hour adaptation of Sarah Water’s ghostly second novel, set in a woman’s prison. A must see

Monday 29th
BBC HD - 9pm: Crooked House (features Samuel Barnett and Derren Brown) Omnibus
ITV1 - 11.25am: Carry on Jack
C4 - 12.20pm: Carry on Behind
C4 - 2.35am: Serial Mom. Camp black comedy
Gold - 7pm: Doctor in the House. Dirk Bogarde

Tuesday 30th
ITV1 - 12.55pm: Carry on Cowboy
ITV3 - 8pm: Rebecca. Drama with Diana Rigg (Part 1)
Gold - 7pm: Doctor in Love
Film4 - 6.55pm: Freaky Friday. Jodie Foster
Screen 2 - 1am: Boys Don’t Cry

Wednesday 31st - NYE
ITV1 - 11.25am: Carry on Cleo
ITV3 - 8pm: Rebecca. Part 2
Classics - 4.45: West Side Story

Thursday 1st - New Year's Day
Indie - 12midnight: Boys Don’t Cry

Friday 2nd
BBC1 - 12.10am: Carry on Girls
ITV1 - 12.55pm: Carry on Screaming

Friday, December 19, 2008

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 20th - 26th December

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!

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.



Radio
Saturday 20th
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul Gambaccini. US hits
BBC Radio 4 - 10am: Excess Baggage. Sandi Toksvig
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour. Highlights
BBC Radio 4 - 11.30: Adventures in Poetry. Analysis of the effect of Cole Porter’s Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love
6 Music - 12midnight: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 - 6pm: The Price of Fear. Presented by the late Vincent Price
BBC Radio 7 - 7.30: The Tailor of Gloucester. Beatrix Potter classic read by Miriam Margolyes

Sunday 21st
BBC Radio 2 - 2pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops ’63 and ‘88
BBC Radio 3 - 12noon: Christmas Across Europe and Beyond. Includes Britten’s Men of Goodwill
BBC Radio 3 - 5pm: Christmas Across Europe and Beyond. Includes Britten’s A Hymn to the Virgin
6 Music - 1am: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson

Monday 22nd
BBC Radio 3 - 7am: Breakfast. Includes Britten’s Young Apollo
BBC Radio 4 - 9.45 & 12.30am: Book of the Week. My Judy Garland Life, by Susie Boyt
BBC Radio 7 - 12.30 & 7.30pm: Christmas Night with Hinge and Brackett

Tuesday 23rd
BBC Radio 2 - 11.30pm: The Class of 2008. New series presented by Paul Gambaccini. Duffy and Teddy Thompson feature
BBC Radio 3 - 7am: Chopin
BBC Radio 3 - 3.25pm: Swan Lake
BBC Radio 3 - 6.05: Chopin
BBC Radio 4 - 9.45 & 12.30am: Book of the Week. My Judy Garland Life, by Susie Boyt
BBC Radio 7 - 7.pm: The Navy Lark

Wednesday 24th - Christmas Eve
BBC Radio 2 - 12noon: Alan Carr’s Office Party
BBC Radio 2 - 7pm: Neil Diamond Live
BBC Radio 3 - 8.30am: Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Highlights
BBC Radio 3 - 10.54: Britten: Ceremony of Carols op 28
BBC Radio 4 - 9.45 & 12.30am: Book of the Week. My Judy Garland Life, by Susie Boyt
BBC Radio 4 - 11.00pm: The Cornwell Estate

Thursday 25th - Christmas Day
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: The Paul O’Grady Picture Show
BBC Radio 3 - 3.40pm: Telling a Story. Includes Act 2 of The Nutcracker Suite
BBC Radio 4 - 8.00am: The Archive Hour: How Radio Comedy Changed a Nation
BBC Radio 4 - 9.45 & 12.30am: Book of the Week. My Judy Garland Life, by Susie Boyt
BBC Radio 4 - 10: Woman’s Hour Special
BBC Radio 4 - 2.15: Pick of the Year. Sandi Toksvig
BBC Radio 4 - 8pm: Let Me Entertain You. Back to back repeat of John Sessions’ history of popular entertainment in the UK
BBC Radio 7 - 12noon & 7pm: I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Christmas Carol. Spoof show presented by Stephen Fry

Friday 26th - Boxing Day
BBC Radio 3 - 2pm: Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty
BBC Radio 4 - 9.45 & 12.30am: Book of the Week. My Judy Garland Life, by Susie Boyt
BBC Radio 4 - 3pm: Ramblings. With Clare Balding
BBC Radio 4 - 4: Killer Bs. Paul Gambaccini and Gloria Gaynor contribute to a celebration of the ‘B’ side
BBC Radio 4 - 7.15: Front Row. Celebrity Memoirs. IncludesPaul O’Grady and Alan Carr
BBC Radio 7 - 7pm: Round the Horne

Local
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
Sunday 9am-12noon: Lesley Joseph and Christopher Biggins
Monday – Friday 3-5pm: Danny Baker. With Amy Lamé or Baylen Leonard

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

BBC Three Counties - online, Cambs, Essex, Norfolk, Northants., Suffolk
10pm-1am: Ern and Vern. Kenny Everett meets Round the Horn in a bucketful of innuendo

Manchester’s gaydio www.gaydio.co.uk

FYI Radio (gay youth radio) - online (currently only podcast but soon to grow to a fully fledged station) www.fyiradio.net

Pinke Radio - Online: www.pinkeradio.com

Television

Entertainment and documentaries

Saturday 20th
BBC1 - 1pm: Racing and Showjumping. Clare Balding presents
BBC1 - 5.40: Hole in the Wall. Best bits
BBC1 - 6.40 & 9: Strictly Come Dancing. Final
BBC1 - 8.10: Casualty. Toby and Ben sub-plot
BBC2 - 11am: Dr Who: The Infinite Quest. Animated version
ITV1 - 4.30pm: Britannia High Behind the Scenes
ITV1 - 5.30: Britannia High Finale
ITV2 - 10.55am: Britannia High
C4 - 6.55pm: Come Dine with Me Christmas Special
Living - 9am: The Golden Girls
Living - 6pm: Will and Grace
Watch - 8: Dr Who

Sunday 21st
BBC2 - 1pm: Showjumping. Clare Balding. Not jumping
BBC2 - 10.50pm: Graham Norton Uncut. Repeat with even more rude bits
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who. Followed by Dr Who Confidential
ITV1 - 12.15: Britain’s Love Story. George Best and a taboo marriage
ITV2 - 11.55am: Britannia High Finale
ITV2 - 7pm: I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of Here Coming Out Special. Not that kind of coming out
ITV2 - 8pm: Xtra Factor: The Winner’s Story
C4 - 9pm: The Sunday Night Christmas Project. Alan Carr returns. Simon Pegg is guest presenter
C4 - 10: The Charlotte Church Nutcracking Christmas Special. Ooh Matron! Rhydian sings
C4 - 12.15: Rufus Wainwright. Interviewed by Elvis Costello
More4 - 5pm: Come Dine with Me. Christmas double Omnibus
More4 - 10: The Pregnant Man. Thomas Beatie lives out his pregnancy on camera
Living - 9am: The Golden Girls
Living - 3.55am: Queer Eye…
Sky Arts - 12noon: What the Dickens? Sandi Toksvig presents
Biography - 10pm: Lindsay Lohan
Biography - 11: Drew Barrymore

Monday 22nd
BBC1 - 9pm: QI. It’s not a repeat
BBC2 - TOTP2. Hotch-potch leading up to a Christmas revival. Kylie Minogue and Girls Aloud
BBC3 - 7.10pm: Dr Who
BBC4 - 10.30pm: The Crooked House. One man ghost show written and starring Mark Gatiss
ITV1 - 10.30: Christmas Cooks Challenge. Corrie’s Anthony Cotton guests
ITV2 - 6.25: Cinderella. Panto with Julian Clary
C4 - 2.15pm: Come Dine with Me Extra Portions. Compilation from previous series
E4 - 2.10am: Shameless
Gold - 11.50: The Thin Blue Line
Living - 3 &7pm: Will and Grace
Biography - 11am: Drew Barrymore

Tuesday 23rd
BBC1 - 11am: Buy it? Sell it? Kristian Digby when there was a property market
BBC1 - 9pm: Survivors. Last in series
BBC3 - 7: Dr Who
BBC4 - 10.30: Crooked House
BBCHD - 11.35: Hotel Babylon
ITV1 - 8pm: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Charity celeb special includes Anthony Cotton and Austin Healey
C4 - 2.15pm: Come Dine with Me Extra Portions
C4 - 10pm: Alan Carr’s Christmas Ding Dong Panto
C4 - 10.50: Shameless (rpt)
E4 - 1.10am: Skins
More4 - 8pm: Celebrity Come Dine with Me
More4 - 9: Christmas Come Dine with Me
Living - 3,7pm &1am: Will and Grace

Wednesday 24th - Christmas Eve
BBC2 - 11.15pm: TOTP2 Features Cyndi Lauper and Culture Club
BBC4 - 10.30pm: Crooked House
ITV2 - 1.30pm: Aladdin. All star panto led by Julian Clary
ITV2 - 3: Cinderella. Clary again
C4 - 12noon: George Michael Live
C4 - 3.30pm: Come Dine with Me Extra Portions
C4 - 11.10: Charlotte Church Nutcracking again.
C4 - 12.10am: George Michael Live
E4 - 11.35: Alan Carr’s Christmas Ding Dong
E4 - 1.25: Shameless
Living - 10am & 7pm & 1am: Will and Grace
Sky Arts1 - 6pm: Rufus Wainwright sings Judy Garland
Sky Arts1 - 7.30pm: What the Dickens? Arts quiz with Sandi Toksvig
Biography - 6.30am: Dirk Bogarde

Thursday 25th - Christmas Day
BBC1 - 2pm: Top of the Pops Christmas Special.
BBC1 - 7: Dr Who
BBC2 - 6pm: Maestro: The Inside Story. Highlights of the celebrity conductor competition
BBC2 - 12.55am: TOTP 2. With Erasure
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who Confidential
BBC3 - 7.15: Dr Who Top 5 Christmas Moments
ITV1 - 3.10pm: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Now that we know about Dumbledore!
ITV1 - 10.30: Stanley Baxter Now and Then. For those of us who remember who he is
C4 - 10.30am & 12.40pm: George Michael Live
C$ - 10.35pm: Alan Carr: Tooth Fairy Live
More4 - 12.50pm: Come Dine with Me Christmas
More4 - 7.55: To Be or Not To Be…In Shakespeare. Ian McKellen on performing Shakespeare
More4 - 9: King Lear. Played by Ian McKellen
More4 - 12midnight: Othello. With Ian McKellen
Living - 10am & 7pm & 1am: Will and Grace
Watch - 9am: Dr Who
Sky Arts1 - 1.30pm: What the Dickens
Sky Arts1 - 2pm: Queen

Friday 26th - Boxing Day
BBC2 - 10.10: The Signalman. Spooky Dickens story with Denholm Elliott
BBC2 - 12.40am: TOTP2 Grace Jones first time round
BBCHD - 10.50pm: Beautiful People
C4 - 12.30pm & 12.15am: George Michael Live
C4 - 3.35: Come Dine with Me
Dave - 9pm: QI
Living - 10am & 3 & 7pm: Will and Grace
Sky Arts1 - 11.30pm: What the Dickens?
Biography - 6am: Frankie Howerd
Biography - 6.30: Kenneth Williams

Film and drama
Saturday 20th
ITV3 - 1.10 &10.30pm: Up Pompeii! Frankie Howerd and Patrick Cargill go: “Ooh, matron!”
TCM - 11.05am: For Me and My Gal. Busby Berkely musical with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly

Sunday 21st
BBC2 - 2am: Wild River. Depression drama starring Montgomery Clift
BBC3 - 8pm: Finding Nemo. Animated fish heartbreaker with the voice of Ellen de Generes among others
Film4 - 11.20pm: All about my Mother. Aladóvar
Screen1 - 6pm: Hairspray

Monday 22nd
C4 - 7.30am: Big Top Pee Wee
Classics - 4.45pm: Romeo and Juliet. 1968 Zeffirelli version
Sky Indie - 7.55pm: Volver. Almadóvar
Film 4 - 1pm: All about Eve

Tuesday 23rd
Comedy - 1.30pm: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Modern Greats - 10.45am & 8pm: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Come up to my lab and see what’s on the slab!
BBC four - 10.30pm: Crooked House (episode 2)
Film4 - 11.15pm: William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Luhrman version
Indie - 9am: Fire. Indian lesbian drama

Wednesday 24th - Christmas Eve
C4 - 12.05pm: Freaky Friday. Stars Jodie Foster
Classics - 1.55pm & 2.35am: Some Like it Hot
Indie - 8.25pm: Notes on a Scandal. Controversial melodrama starring Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench

Thursday 25th - Christmas Day
Indie - 12midnight: Boys Don’t Cry

Friday 26th - Boxing Day
BBC2 - 11.50am: The Importance of Being Earnest
BBC2 - 1.25: South Pacific
BBC2 - 5.55: Nicholas Nickleby. Camp version with Dame Edna and Alan Cumming
Modern Greats - 12.50am: Wilde
Film4 - 12.40am: All about My Mother

Monday, December 15, 2008

UN Statement Against Criminalisation of Homosexuality Imminent

A European initiative spearheaded by France (currently holding the rotating presidency of the Union) is being discussed by a United Nations General Assembly. The Statement, which would not create new rights and be legally binding, is asking for the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the end of discrimination on the group of gender.

This comes a few days after the celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was signed in 1948.

Louis Georges Tin, the founder of the Inernational Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), is behind the initiative. It has received the support of 60 countries so far, although the Vatican has spoken against it, saying that it could be used to force countries to recognise same-sex marriage. In the Americas the most notable absence is the United States. Russia and South Africa are also under pressure to sign the statement.

The Ambassador from Gabon will read the statement, probably on Thursday.

Human rights groups have issued action alerts to activists or organisations in "priority" countries that may still be persuaded to back the statement.

More than 80 countries outlaw same-sex relations in all circumstances. The maximum punishments range from a few years jail to life imprisonment. In nine countries, or regions of countries, the mandatory punishment for homosexuality is death.

Statement text:

We have the honour to make this statement on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity on behalf of […]

1 - We reaffirm the principle of universality of human rights, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights whose 60th anniversary is celebrated this year, Article 1 of which proclaims that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”;

2 - We reaffirm that everyone is entitled to the enjoyment of human rights without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, as set out in Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 2 of the International Covenants on Civil and Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as in article 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;

3 - We reaffirm the principle of non-discrimination which requires that human rights apply equally to every human being regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity;

4 - We are deeply concerned by violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms based on sexual orientation or gender identity;

5 - We are also disturbed that violence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatisation and prejudice are directed against persons in all countries in the world because of sexual orientation or gender identity, and that these practices undermine the integrity and dignity of those subjected to these abuses;

6 - We condemn the human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity wherever they occur, in particular the use of the death penalty on this ground, extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, the practice of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, arbitrary arrest or detention and deprivation of economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to health;

7 - We recall the statement in 2006 before the Human Rights Council by fifty four countries requesting the President of the Council to provide an opportunity, at an appropriate future session of the Council, for discussing these violations;

8 - We commend the attention paid to these issues by special procedures of the Human Rights Council and treaty bodies and encourage them to continue to integrate consideration of human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity within their relevant mandates;

9 - We welcome the adoption of Resolution AG/RES. 2435 (XXXVIII-O/08) on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity” by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States during its 38th session in 3 June 2008;

10 - We call upon all States and relevant international human rights mechanisms to commit to promote and protect human rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity;

11 - We urge States to take all the necessary measures, in particular legislative or administrative, to ensure that sexual orientation or gender identity may under no circumstances be the basis for criminal penalties, in particular executions, arrests or detention.

12 - We urge States to ensure that human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity are investigated and perpetrators held accountable and brought to justice;

13 - We urge States to ensure adequate protection of human rights defenders, and remove obstacles which prevent them from carrying out their work on issues of human rights and sexual orientation and gender identity.


With thanks to PinkNews.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

LGBT Related Radio and TV Programmes, 13th - 19th December

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!

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.



Radio
Saturday 13th
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul Gambaccini. US hits
BBC Radio 3 - 8am: Britten. Choral Dances
BBC Radio 3 - 10.30: Chopin
BBC Radio 3 - 5.30pm: Opera. Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades
BBC Radio 4 - 7am: Today. Evan Davies
BBC Radio 4 - 9: Saturday Live. Clare Balding
BBC Radio 4 - 10: Excess Baggage. Sandi Toksvig. Hat trick!
BBC Radio 4 - 2.30pm: Saturday Play. Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour. Highlights
6 Music - 12midnight: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 - 6pm: The Price of Fear. Presented by the late Vincent Price
BBC Radio 7 - 9pm: The Wind in the Willows. Alan Bennett’s dramatisation

Sunday 14th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Elaine Page. Featuring the West End revival of La Cages aux Folles
BBC Radio 2 - 2pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops ’76 and ‘86
BBC Radio 3 - 9.30pm: Sunday feature: How Far Would You Go for a Dance?
BBC Radio 3 - 10.15: Words and Music. Features Carol Ann Duffy
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30pm: Adventures in Poetry. Discussion of Cole Porter’s Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love
6 Music - 1am: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson

Tuesday 15th
BBC Radio 2 - 10.30pm: The Album as Art. Iconic album covers, including Bowie etc.
BBC Radio 2 - 11.30: The Class of 2008. New series presented by Paul Gambaccini. Duffy and Teddy Thompson feature
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30pm: Great Lives. Matthew Parris presents a biog of Billy Marsh
BBC Radio 7 - 7.pm: The Navy Lark

Wednesday 16th
BBC Radio 3 - 7pm: Performance on 3. IncludesTchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D
Classic FM - 9pm: The Full Works. Includes Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker

Thursday 17th
BBC Radio 3 - 7pm: Performance of the Week. Includes Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, which he wrote on board a cruise liner returning from America, after the authorities confiscated his original score, lest it were in a secret code.

Friday 18th
BBC Radio 1 - 6-1: Floor Fillers; Pete Tong; Annie Mac; Judge Jules
BBC Radio 2 - 7.30pm: Friday Night is Music Night. Sue Perkins conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra following her Maestro victory
BBC Radio 3 - 10.59am: Michael Tippett
BBC Radio 4 - 3pm: Ramblings. With Clare Balding
6 Music - 7pm: Tom Robinson. New acts
BBC Radio 7 - 7pm: Round the Horne

Local
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
Sunday 9am-12noon: Lesley Joseph and Christopher Biggins
Monday – Friday 3-5pm: Danny Baker. With Amy Lamé or Baylen Leonard

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

BBC Three Counties - online, Cambs, Essex, Norfolk, Northants., Suffolk
10pm-1am: Ern and Vern. Kenny Everett meets Round the Horn in a bucketful of innuendo

Manchester’s gaydio www.gaydio.co.uk

FYI Radio (gay youth radio) - online (currently only podcast but soon to grow to a fully fledged station) www.fyiradio.net

Television

Entertainment and documentary

Saturday 13th
BBC1 - 5.40pm: Hole in the Wall. Dale Winton presents. Amy Lamé guests
BBC1 - 6.10 & 8.55: Strictly Come Dancing
BBC HD - 7.10: Torchwood (rpt)
ITV1 - 7.10 and 9.40pm: The X Factor. Final
ITV2 - 10.40am: Britannia High
ITV2 - 8.40 & 10.40: X Factor Final
Living - 9am: The Golden Girls
Living - 6pm: Will and Grace
Watch - 8: Dr Who
Watch - 9: Torchwood
Watch - 12.20am: Torchwood
Sky Arts1 - 2pm: What the Dickens? Repeated arts quiz presented by Sandi Toksvig
Sky Arts2 - 10.20pm: Francis Bacon

Sunday 14th
BBC2 - 10.50pm: Graham Norton Uncut
ITV1 - 1.20pm: X Factor Final
ITV1 - 7: Britannia High
ITV1 - 9: The Old Curiosity Shop. Stars Derek Jacobi
ITV1 - 12.15: Britain’s Love Story. The 60’s
ITV2 - 8pm: X Factor Final. Just in case you missed it
C4 - 8pm: Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got the Pop Factor and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Superstar Strictly on Ice (rpt).
C4 - 9.55: Geraldine’s Christmas Video
C4 - 10: The Sunday Night Project. Alan Carr returns
More4 - 4.30pm: Come Dine with Me. Christmas double Omnibus
Gold - 11pm: The Thin Blue Line
Living - 9am: The Golden Girls
Living - 3.55am: Queer Eye…
Watch - 12.35: Catherine Tate. Paul O’Grady features
Sky Arts - 12noon: What the Dickens? Sandi Toksvig presents
Biography - 6 &11am: Raymond Burr

Monday 15th
BBC1 - 11am: Buy it? Sell it? Kristian Digby when there was a property market
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who
ITV1 - 6am: GMTV. With Richard Arnold
C4 - 5pm: The Paul O’Grady Show
C4 - 10pm: Chosen. Three men recall being abused by their teachers at private school
E4 - 3.05am: Shameless
Five - 9pm: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll: the 60’s Revealed. In reality a series of interviews by Bernard Braden
Dave - 9pm: QI
Living - 7: Will and Grace

Tuesday 16th
BBC1 - 11am: Buy it? Sell it? Kristian Digby when there was a property market
BBC1 - 9pm: Survivors
BBCHD - 11: Hotel Babylon
BBC3 - 7-9pm: Dr Who
BBC4 - 11pm: Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!
ITV1 - 6am: GMTV. With Richard Arnold
C4 - 9.30pm: Will and Grace
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady. Anastacia guests
C4 - 11.10: Sunday Night Project (rpt)
E4 - 11pm: Skins
More4 - 9pm: Come Dine with Me
Five - 11.30: Behind Closed Doors
Dave - 11pm: QI
Gold - 11.30pm: Gimme Gimme Gimme
Gold - 2.30am: The Thin Blue Line
Living - 3pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7pm and 1am: Will and Grace
Sky Arts - 7pm: Kylie
Sky Arts - 9: Rufus Wainwright

Wednesday 17th
BBC1 - 7.30: Royal Variety Performance. Imperial entertainment, with Take That topping the bill
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who
ITV1- 6am: GMTV. With Richard Arnold
C4 - 9.25am: Will and Grace
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady Christmas Panto
C4 - 12.25am: Elvis Costello and Elton John
Gold - 10.45pm: The Thin Blue Line
Living - 3pm and 8pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7pm & 1am: Will and Grace
Sky Arts1 - 9am & 4pm: Rufus Wainwright
Sky Arts1 - 7.30pm: What the Dickens? Arts quiz with Sandi Toksvig

Thursday 18th
BBC1 - 11am: Buy it? Sell it? Kristian Digby when there was a property market
BBC2 - 9.30pm: The Graham Norton Show
BBC2 - 11.20: Louis Theroux: The Most Hated Family in America. Repeat of Theroux’s aborted stay with the so –called Westboro Baptist Church
ITV1 - 6am: GMTV. With Richard Arnold
C4 - 9.25am: Will and Grace
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
C4 - 8: Come Dine with Me
C4 - 10.30: The Friday Night Christmas Project
Gold - 5.40pm: What a Carry on!
Living - 7pm & 1am: Will and Grace
Living - 3 and 10pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Sky Arts1 - 11.40: Francis Bacon
Biography - 11am: Tyrone Power

Friday 19th
BBC1 - 11am: Buy it? Sell it? Kristian Digby when there was a property market
BBC2 - 10pm: QI. Yet another repeat
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who
BBCHD - 10pm: Beautiful People. The one with the new teacher
ITV1 - 6am: GMTV. Richard Arnold
ITV1 - 10.30am: This Morning. Paul O’Grady guests
C4 - 9.25am: Will & Grace
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady. Alan Carr guests
C4 - 9: Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got an Extra Pop Factor and Then Some 2 + 1
C4 - 10.35: Eddie Izzard in NY
Living - 3 & 7pm: Will and Grace
Sky Arts1 - 11.40pm: What the Dickens?

Film and drama
Saturday 13th
Comedy - 1.15 & 8pm: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Controversial comedy
Classics - 9pm: Psycho. Original with Anthony Perkins
Indie - 10pm: Notes on a Scandal. Controversial drama
TCM - 11am: The Canterville Ghost

Sunday 14th
Comedy - 8pm: Hot Fuzz. Astonishingly violent British comedy with a bit of gay stuff in it

Tuesday 16th
Sci-Fi/Horror - 9pm: The Wicker Man
Sci-Fi/Horror - 2.05am: Cat People
Film4 - 4.30pm: All about Eve

Wednesday 17th
Modern Greats - 3.10am: Wilde
Screen 1 - 6pm: My Best Friend’s Wedding

Thursday 18th
Family - 8pm: Hairspray

Friday, December 12, 2008

Burroughs Live

A new exhibition opened this week at the Royal Academy as part of the GSK Contemporary Season. Burroughs Live marks the mid point between the tenth anniversary of William Burroughs’ death and the fiftieth anniversary of the first publication of his best known novel Naked Lunch. By means of film and video footage of Burroughs performing his works to camera alongside portraits of him by photographers, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibovitz, Ira Cohen and his self portraits and artworks, the presence of Burroughs is evoked.

Burroughs Live
Royal Academy
8 Dec 2008—19 Jan 2009
website

The exhibition is also accompanied by screenings of films about the Beat Generation, including a new film by Malcolm McLaren inspired by Borroughs cut up technique.

Burroughs Live: Films
13 — 14 Dec 2008
website

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Early Day Motion to Mark the Death of Harvey Milk

On 3 December, John Barrett, the Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, presented the following Early Day Motion to the House of Commons.

That this House notes that 2008 marks the 30 year anniversary of the assassination of San Francisco Supervisor and gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk; recognises the profound impact that Harvey Milk had on socio-political life in the 1970s as the first openly gay man elected to any substantial political office anywhere in the world; notes that following his tragic death there have been continual calls for the removal of barriers facing homosexuals in society; and calls on the Government to continue to promote equality for all regardless of sexual orientation.
Early day motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few EDMs are actually debated. Instead, they are used for reasons such as publicising the views of individual MPs, drawing attention to specific events or campaigns, and demonstrating the extent of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view.

An MP can add their signature to an EDM to show their support. In this case, Lynne Jones, Labour MP for Birmingham Selly Oak and Sandra Gidley, Liberal Democrat MP for Romsey showed their support by adding their signatures.

The above EDM can be found on the UK Parliament's website here.

An eagerly awaited biopic of Harvey Milk, starring Sean Penn, will be released in the UK next month. View the trailer and our previous post on the film here.

Read a thorough review of the film here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Proposition 8 - The Musical



The video was conceived and written by Marc Shaiman, the Tony-winning composer of "Hairspray" and "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut." The cast includes Jack Black (who plays Jesus), Neil Patrick Harris, John C. Reilly, Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Margaret Cho, Rashida Jones and others. Read what the Associated Press says about it here.

Something more serious and even more punchy:



About Proposition 8
No on Prop 8

Monday, December 8, 2008

Happy Crispmas: A tribute to Quentin Crisp

The House of Homosexual Culture celebrates Quentin Crisp’s 100th birthday with a mixture of talks, discussion, performance and dressing up.

Christmas Day 2008 marks the centenary of Quentin Crisp’s birth, and the House of Homosexual Culture is celebrating with a special Queen’s Telegram on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Hear from the people who knew him and worked with him, including Crisp's biographers Paul Bailey and Andrew Barrow, who examine Crisp’s flair for self-invention, and provide a critical insight into his status as a writer and Adrian Goycoolea, Crisp's great nephew, who talks about his relationship with his family.

Bette Bourne performs an extract from the one-man show Resident Alien, which is based on Crisp's writings, and there is an exclusive viewing of extracts from the new ITV drama An Englishman in New York, starring John Hurt.

And as it’s nearly Christmas, there's a Quentin Lookalike Competition, so get imaginative with your costumes and win a special Christmas prize.

Happy Crispmas: A tribute to Quentin Crisp
Saturday 13 December, 7.45pm
Purcell Room
Southbank Centre, London
website

Saturday, December 6, 2008

LGBT Related Radio and TV Programmes, 6th - 12th December

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!

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.



Radio
Saturday 6th
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul Gambaccini. US hits
BBC Radio 2 -7pm: Number One: The Rise and fall of the Charts. Gambaccini presents a two-parter assessing the state of pop charts now and looking at their heyday
BBC Radio 3 - 8am: Tchaikovsky. Letter Scene
BBC Radio 4 - 7am: Today. Evan Davies
BBC Radio 4 - 9am: Saturday Live. Clare Balding
BBC Radio 4 - 10am: Excess Baggage. Sandi Toksvig. Hat trick!!!
BBC Radio 4 - 10.30am: Talking about Lionel. Eddie Mair profiles gay musical director Lionel Bart by his contemporaries.
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour. Highlights
6 Music - 12midnight: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson

Sunday 7th
BBC Radio 2 - 11am: Michael Ball’s Sunday Lunch. Paul O’Grady guests
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Elaine Page. Featuring John Barrowman
BBC Radio 2 - 2pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops ’68 and ‘78
6 Music - 1am: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson

Tuesday 8th
BBC Radio 2 - 10.30 Human Rights Now! Annie Lennox assesses the role of Amnesty International on the eve of the 6oth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
BBC Radio 3 - 8am: Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
BBC Radio 3 -2pm: Chopin Piano Sonata No 3 in B Minor
BBC Radio 4 - 11am: I was Ernest Hemingway’s La Secreteria. Story of Valerie Danby Smith, who was just that
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30pm: Great Lives. Matthew Parris presents a new series. Luciano Pavarotti
BBC Radio 7 - 7.pm: The Navy Lark

Wednesday 9th
BBC Radio 3 - 7am: Tchaikovsky
BBC Radio 4 - 9am: Midweek featuring Trans entrepreneur Kate Craig-Wood (rpt 9.30pm)
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Thinking Allowed. Discussion of Robert Muchembled’s new book that claims The Empire resulted from repressed sexuality

Thursday 10th
BBC Radio 3 - 7pm: Performance of the Week. Tchaikovsky
BBC Radio 4 - 7.15: Front Row. Derek Jacobi as Malvolio in the latest Twelfth Night

Friday 11th
BBC Radio 1 - 6-1: Floor Fillers; Pete Tong; Annie Mac; Judge Jules
BBC Radio 3 - 11.43: Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
BBC Radio 4 - 3pm: Ramblings. With Clare Balding
6 Music - 7pm: Tom Robinson. New acts
BBC Radio 7 - 7pm: Round the Horne

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

BBC London 94.9 and online
Sunday 9am-12noon: Lesley Joseph and Christopher Biggins
Monday – Friday 3-5pm: Danny Baker. With Amy Lamé or Baylen Leonard

Gaydar Radio - 24/7 Brighton, London DAB and online:

BBC Three Counties (and online), Cambs, Essex, Norfolk, Northants., Suffolk
10pm-1am: Ern and Vern. Kenny Everett meets Round the Horn in a bucketful of innuendo

gaydio: http://www.gaydio.co.uk/

Television

Entertainement and documentaries

Saturday 6th
BBC1 - 5.35: Hole in the Wall. Dale Winton presents
BBC1 - 6.05: Strictly Come Dancing
BBC HD - 7.25: Torchwood (rpt)
ITV1 - 7 and 8.45pm: The X factor
ITV1 - 9.15: The Brit Comedy Awards. Alan Carr should win something
ITV2 - 1.40pm: Britannia High
ITV2 - 11.45: I’m a Celebrity…
Living - 6pm: Will and Grace
Living 2 - 2am: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Watch - 7.45: Dr Who Confidential
Watch - 8: Dr Who
Watch - 9: Torchwood
Watch - 12.45am: Torchwood

Sunday 7th
BBC1 - 8.15pm: Strictly Come Dancing
BBC2 - 10.50pm: Graham Norton Uncut. Thursday’s edition extended, with Barry Manilow
ITV1 - 1.50pm: X factor
ITV1 - 6.30: Britannia High
ITV1 - 8: Take That Come to Town
ITV1 - 9: I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of Here! Coming Out!
ITV1 - 10.45: South Bank Show. St Petersberg’s Mariinsky Theatre is 225!
ITV1 - 11.45: Britain’s Love Story. First of three parter on how love has changed in the UK
C4 - 12.05am: Brothers and Sisters
More4 - 6.25pm: Come Dine with Me. Christmas double Omnibus
Sky Arts - 12noon: What the Dickens? Sandi Toksvig presents

Monday 8th
BBC1 - 11am: Buy it? Sell it? Kristian Digby when there was a property market
BBC3 - 7.15pm: Dr Who
C4 - 5pm: The Paul O’Grady Show
E4 - 1.25am: Shameless
Five - 11.30: Behind Closed Doors. With Charlie Luxton
Dave - 11.40pm: QI
Living - 3pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7: Will and Grace
Gold - 11.20pm: Gimme Gimme Gimme

Tuesday 9th
BBC1 - 11am: Buy it? Sell it? Kristian Digby when there was a property market
BBC1 - 9pm: Survivors
BBC2 - 5.15pm: Bargain Hunt famous Finds. Julian Clary
BBC2 - 10pm: Strictly Baz; a Culture Show Special. Interview with Baz Luhrmann
BBCHD - 11: Hotel Babylon
BBC4 - 9pm: Stephen Fry’s Guilty Pleasures
ITV2 - 8pm: Take That Come to Town
C4 - 12.30pm: Will and Grace
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady. Anastacia guests
E4 - 11pm: Skins
More4 - 9pm: Come Dine with Me
Five - 11.30: Behind Closed Doors
Dave - 9.40pm: QI
Gold - 11.30pm: Gimme Gimme Gimme
Gold - 2.30am: The Thin Blue Line
Living - 3pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7pm: and 1am Will and Grace
Living2 - 10pm: The L Word

Wednesday 10th
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who
ITV2 - 8pm: Here Come the Boys (rpt)
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
More4 - 10pm: Hutch: High Society’s Favourite Gigolo. Profile of the UK’s first black superstar, who had an affair with Cole Porter and Edwina Mountbatten but died broke and forgotten
Five - 9am: The Wright Stuff. With Simon Callow
Dave - 10pm: Stephen Fry: Guilty Pleasures
Gold - 11.30pm: Gimme Gimme Gimme
Living - 3pm and 8: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7pm & 1am: Will and Grace
Sky Arts1 - 4pm: Rufus Wainwright sings Judy Garland
Sky Arts1 - 7.30pm: What the Dickens? Arts quiz with Sandi Toksvig

Thursday 11th
BBC1 - 11am: Buy it? Sell it? Kristian Digby when there was a property market
BBC2 - 9.30pm: The Graham Norton Show
ITV1 - 10.30: This Morning. With Denise Robertson. Because she’s good
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity…
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady. With Boyzone
C4 - 10.35: The Pregnant Man. Cutting Edge follows the famous pregnancy of Thomas Beattie
Five - 11.30: Behind Closed Doors
Gold - 11.30pm: Gimme Gimme Gimme
Living - 7pm & 1am: Will and Grace
Living - 3 and 10pm: Grey’s Anatomy

Friday 12th
BBC1 - 11am: Buy it? Sell it? Kristian Digby when there was a property market
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who
BBCHD - 10pm: Beautiful People. The one with the Posh Spice Doll
ITV1 - 10.30am: This Morning. Will Young performs
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
C4 - 8: Come Dine with Me
Living - 3pm: Will and Grace
Sky Arts1 - 11.40pm: What the Dickens?

Film and drama
Saturday 6th
C4 - 4.25pm: Carry on Doctor
C4 - 7.10: The First Wives Club. Bette Midler stars
Classics - 6.55pm: Some Like it Hot
Classics - 9: Romeo and Juliet. Zeffirelli’s 1968 version
Indie - 10pm: Boys Don’t Cry. Trans tragedy
Modern Greats - 8pm: My Best Friend’s Wedding. Rupert Everett stars

Sunday 7th
C4 - 1.05am: Camp. Er…it is
Modern Greats - 3.30pm: The Last Temptation of Christ

Monday 8th
Classics - 2.20: Lover Come Back. Doris Day

Wednesday 10th
Family - 6pm: The Devil Wears Prada
Family - 8: Hairspray
Sci Fi - 11.15pm: X-men

Friday
Modern Greats - 6pm: My Best Friend’s Wedding
Modern Greats - 8: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. You’re all wet. Come in

Talking About Lionel

Eddie Mair tells the story of Lionel Bart, a sensitive, talented and troubled artist through interviews with those who knew him intimately.

Lionel Bart was at one time the wunderkind of British musical theatre who reached dazzling heights of fame in the early 1960s with Britain’s most successful post-war musical – Oliver!. But, his tumultuous life went from triumph to disaster as he lost control of his fortune and his health seriously declined.

Eddie Mair takes to the streets of Whitechapel to hear the story of this impoverished son of a tailor who always maintained that without his Hebraic, left-wing, wartime upbringing there would have been no musicals. " Ollver! was a strange marriage of the Jewish music of my bar mitzvah, and the street cries of my childhood ." Lionel later observed, "Fagin’s music was a Jewish mother clucking away."

BBC Radio 4
Saturday 6 December
10.30 am

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Bulletin No 53

The latest edition of the LGBT History Month bulletin is now available, as usual packed-full of news, information, notices of upcoming events and quotations.

To access the latest bulletin please click on one of the links below:
word document
pdf file

You can view all previous bulletins here or register to our mailing list here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Plotters were Lovers

Tuesday's radio 4 drama: The Babington Plot examines the doomed attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I and restore a catholic monarchy.

The write-up says: At the centre of the story is the relationship between the "reluctant terrorist" Anthony Babington, whose youthful idealism was not matched by the required conviction, and his co-conspirator, Robert Poley, who persistently encouraged him and became his lover – but was, in fact, a government spy leading Babington to the gallows.

Through the eyes of witnesses, listeners can hear the tragic ambiguity of this relationship as it heads towards its final betrayal.
Furthermore, another conspirator, Thomas Salisbury, is played by Simon Barnett (the older Simon Doonan in Beautiful People).

The Babington Plot, which was aired on Radio 4 at 2.15pm, is available until 9 December on iPlayer here.

Gay Penguins Feeling Broody

A couple of gay penguins in the Polarland Park in Harbin, north east China have been separated from the rest of their colony after they were found replacing the eggs of straight couples and steal them with the aim of hatching them themselves.

"One of the responsibilities of being a male adult is looking after the eggs. Despite this being a biological impossibility for this couple, the natural desire is still there," explained a keeper.

"It's not discrimination. We have to fence them separately, otherwise the whole group will be disturbed during hatching time," they added.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Education Minister Makes History at LGBT History Month

Speaking at the LGBT History Month Pre-Launch, earlier this month, Parliamentary under Secretary for Education Baroness Morgan announced three new commitments for schools.

First, she said the Government was committed to monitoring and recording incidents of homophobic bullying: “Schools are required under the regulations to treat homophobic bullying with the same seriousness as other forms of bullying.”

Second, she committed the Department to training on LGBT issues: “We will support teachers through their training, so that they feel confident in using the guidance and in dealing with these issues.”

Third, she committed the Department to producing anti-transphobia guidance: “The Department has also recently announced that we will be developing guidance on bullying related to gender or gender identity over the coming months. I hope to be able to consult some of the stakeholders represented here on this guidance.”

Schools OUT’s Tony Fenwick said, “These are groundbreaking changes and we hope to see them put into effect in the next Parliament. I will be listening very carefully to the Queen’s Speech next week, together with a lot of LGBT activists in education.

“Schools OUT has urged the DCSF and the DfES before it to have homophobic and transphobic bullying and harassment recorded, reported and monitored in the same way as racist incidents for some ten years now. We have also consistently argued for more and better teacher training on LGBT issues.

“The DCSF guidance on homophobic bullying excludes our trans children and their parents. I am delighted to hear the Baroness announce that they are working to redress the balance and that they will work with experts in the field.”

You can read Baroness Morgan's speech here (Word document).

Friday, November 28, 2008

LGBT Related Radio and TV Programmes, 29th November - 5th December

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!

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.



Radio
Saturday 29th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Alan Carr’s Comedy Outings. Last one
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul Gambaccini. US hits
BBC Radio 4 - 10am: Excess Baggage. Sandi Toksvig
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour. Highlights
6 Music - 12midnight: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson

Sunday 30th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Elaine Page. Featuring Bette Midler
BBC Radio 2 - 2pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops ’77 and ‘91
BBC Radio 3 - 7-8.30am: Bernstein
6 Music - 1am: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 - 10pm: The News Quiz
Classic FM - 9pm: Paul Gambaccini’s Hall of Heroes

Monday 1st
BBC Radio 3 - 8.30-10am: Tchaikovsky. Romeo and Juliet fantasy overture
BBC Radio 4 - 2.15pm: Afternoon Play: Prayer Mask. Joseph Fiennes as bisexual undercover explorer Richard Burton
BBC Radio 4 - 10.45pm: Book at Bedtime: Black Orchids
BBC Radio 7 - 10.30pm: Intimate Contact with Julian Clary. From1992

Tuesday 2nd
BBC Radio 2 - 10.30: How AIDS Changes America
BBC Radio 4 - 2.15pm: The Afternoon Play: The Babington Plot
BBC Radio 4 - 10.45pm:Book at Bedtime: Black Orchids
BBC Radio 7 - 7.pm: The Navy Lark

Wednesday 3rd
BBC Radio 4 - 11.30am: The Art of Conversation. Recently uncovered work by Dylan Thomas
BBC Radio 4 - 10.45pm: Book at Bedtime: Black Orchids
6 Music - 12midnight: 6 Music Plays it again. Neil Tennant’s Top Ten

Thursday 4th
BBC Radio 3 - 7pm: Performance of the Week. Tchaikovsky
BBC Radio 4 - 10.45pm: Book at Bedtime: Black Orchids
6 Music - 12midnight: 6 Music Plays it again. Neil Tennant’s Top Ten

Friday 5th
BBC Radio 1 - 6-1: Floor Fillers; Pete Tong; Annie Mac; Judge Jules
BBC Radio 2 - 7.30pm: John Barrowman Performs Live
BBC Radio 4 - 11am: Dream of Eleanor. A look at Eleanor Roosevelt’s role in producing The UN Declaration of Human Rights. Presented by Mary Robinson
BBC Radio 4 - 3pm: Ramblings. With Clare Balding
6 Music - 7pm: Tom Robinson. New acts
BBC Radio 7 - 7pm: Round the Horne

Local
Mondays - BBC Radio Manchester - 8pm: The Gay Hour, Ashley Byrne and Andrew Edwards

BBC London 94.9 and online
Sunday 9am-12noon: Lesley Joseph and Christopher Biggins
Monday – Friday 3-5pm: Danny Baker. With Amy Lamé or Baylen Leonard

Gaydar Radio - 24/7: Brighton, London DAB and online

BBC Three Counties (and online), Cambs, Essex, Norfolk, Northants., Suffolk
10pm-1am: Ern and Vern. Kenny Everett meets Round the Horn in a bucketful of innuendo

New: Manchester’s gaydio

Television

Entertainment and documentaries

Saturday 29th
BBC1 - 1pm: Bowls. Presented by Clare Balding
BBC1 - 5.35: Hole in the Wall. Dale Winton presents
BBC1 - 6.05: Strictly Come Dancing
BBC2 - 4.30pm: Bowls
BBC2 - 7.05: Stephen Fry in America. Last one. The Pacific
BBC HD - 7.35: Torchwood (rpt)
ITV1 - 7.35pm: The X factor
ITV1 - 9.15: I’m a celebrity…
ITV1 - 10.15: X Factor Result. Britney Spears
ITV2 - 2.20pm: Britannia High
ITV2 - 11.30: I’m a Celebrity…
ITV2 - 12.30am: X Factor
E4 - 9pm: Greatest Ads. Hosted by Graham Norton
Living - 6pm: Will and Grace
Living2 - 2am: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Watch - 7.45: Dr Who Confidential
Watch - 8: Dr Who
Watch - 9: Torchwood
Watch - 12.45am: Torchwood

Sunday 30th
BBC1 - 8.15pm: Strictly Come Dancing
BBC2 - 11pm: Graham Norton Uncut. Thursday’s edition extended, with Paul O’Grady
ITV1 - 7pm: Britannia High
ITV1 - 8: Here Come the Boys. Male only musical in aid of UK testicular cancer charities. Includes Will Young
ITV1 - 9: I’m a Celebrity …
ITV2 - 4.50pm: X Factor
ITV2 - 10.30: I’m a Celebrity…
C4 - 12.05am: Brothers and Sisters
More4 - 6.15pm: Come Dine with Me. Omnibus
Gold - 12midnight: The Thin Blue Line
Living - 9am and 4.40am: The Golden Girls
Sky Arts - 11.30am: What the Dickens? Sandi Toksvig presents
Sky Arts2 - 1.30pm: Tim Marlow on Francis Bacon

Monday 1st
BBC1 - 11am: Buy it? Sell it? Kristian Digby when there was a property market
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who
BBC3 - 10.30pm:Filthy Rich and Famous. includes Elton John
ITV1 - 10.30am: This Morning. Jason Donovan on the West End version of Priscilla…Queen of the Desert
ITV1 - 8.30pm: I’m a Celebrity…
ITV2 - 6.55pm: Britannia High
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity…
C4 - 5pm: The Paul O’Grady Show
E4 - 1am: Shameless
Dave - 11.40pm: QI
Living - 3pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7: Will and Grace
Gold - 11.30pm: Gimme Gimme Gimme
Sky Arts2 - 1.30pm: Francis Bacon

Tuesday 2nd
BBC1 - 11am: Buy it? Sell it? Kristian Digby when there was a property market
BBC1 - 9pm: Survivors. I think there are two lesbian survivors. There were last time I looked
BBC4 - 11.20pm: Rather You than Me. David Walliams as Frankie Howerd
ITV1 - 8.30pm: I’m a Celebrity…
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity…
C4 - 10.35am: Teen Trouble. Teenage stereotypes
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady. Will Young guests
More4 - 9pm and 11.55: Come Dine with Me
Dave - 9.40pm: QI
Gold - 10.45pm: Gimme Gimme Gimme
Gold - 12.30am: Absolutely Fabulous
Living - 3pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7pm and 1am: Will and Grace
Living2 - 10pm: The L Word
Watch - 6pm: Dr Who
Watch - 9: Torchwood
Sky Arts - 9pm: Queen Special
Biography - 6am and 11am: Rock Hudson
History - 8pm: David Starkey on Elizabeth I

Wednesday 3rd
BBC1 - 10.30pm: State Opening of Parliament. Single Equalities Act and new schools legislation (we hope)
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who
ITV1 - 7.30pm: Coronation Street. It all kicks off at the wedding from Hell
ITV1 - 8.30: I’m a Celebrity…
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity
C4 - 10.35am: My Big Gay Prom
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
More4 - 10pm: Hutch: High Society’s Favourite Gigolo. Profile of Leslie Hutchinson, the UK’s first black superstar, who had an affair with Cole Porter and Edwina Mountbatten but died broke and forgotten
Dave - 11.20pm: League of Gentleman
Gold - 11.30pm: Gimme Gimme Gimme
Living - 3pm and 8: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7pm & 1am: Will and Grace
Watch - 6pm: Dr Who
Sky Arts1 - 7.30pm: What the Dickens? Arts quiz with Sandi Toksvig
Biography - 6 and 11am: Joan Collins

Thursday 4th
BBC1 - 11am: Buy it? Sell it? Kristian Digby when there was a property market
BBC2 - 7pm: A Woman in Love and War. Jo Brand assesses the life of Vera Brittain
BBC2 - 9.30pm: The Graham Norton Show. Barry Manilow guests
ITV1 - 9pm: I’m a Celebrity…
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity…
C4 - 10.35: My Big gay Prom
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady. With Boyzone
C4 - 10pm: Star Stories. Kevin Bishop creates a comedy version of Elton John’s life
C4 - 10.35: Hollyoaks Later. Malachy’s HIV status becomes public knowledge
C4 - 12.15am: The Law of the Playground. Celebs talk about their teachers (rpt)
Dave - 10pm: Batteries not Included. Gadget show features Sue Perkins
Gold - 11.30pm: Gimme Gimme Gimme
Watch - 6pm: Dr Who
Living - 7pm & 1am: Will and Grace
Living - 3 and 10pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Discovery Real Time - 11pm: My Husband is Gay. The title tells you what you’re going to get

Friday 5th
BBC1 - 11am: Buy it? Sell it? Kristian Digby when there was a property market
BBC1 - 11.25pm: Not Going Out. Sitcom with gay storyline
BBC2 - 10pm: QI. Repeat of last year’s Christmas compilation, so it’s a repeat of a repeat really
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who
BBCHD - 10pm: Beautiful People. The one with the Posh Spice Doll
ITV1 - 8.30pm: I’m a Celebrity… Final. How time flies!
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity…
ITV2 - 11.30: Ghost Hunting with I’m a Celebrity. Christopher Biggins
C4 - 9.35am: We Are Together. Documentary about an AIDS orphanage in South Africa
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
C4 - 8: Come Dine with Me
Gold - 11.40pm: Gimme Gimme Gimme
Living - 3pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7pm and 1am: Will and Grace
Watch - 6pm: Dr Who
Sky Arts1 - 12.05am: What the Dickens?
Sky Arts2 - 12.35am: Francis Bacon

Film and drama
Sunday 30th
C4 - 6.30pm: The Parent Trap. Lindsay Lohen

Monday 1st
Family - 8pm: The Devil Wears Prada
Modern Greats - 6.15pm: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Really; that’s no way to behave on your first day out!
TCM - 9pm: Catholic Boys
TCM2 - 10.30pm: That’s Entertainment!
Indie - 4.25pm: Fire. Indian lesbian drama

Tuesday 2nd
Five - 3pm: Jack. 2004 USA TVM in which a high school student has to face his parents’ divorce and the fact that his father is gay
Screen2 - 12.50am: Boys Don’t Cry. Trans drama

Wednesday 3rd
BBC2 - 11.30am: Doctor in the House. Dirk Bogarde in 1954. Supposed to be riotous in its time
Classics - 9pm: Lover Come Back. Day/Hudson romcom
Modern Greats - 3.50pm: Wilde
Film4 - 11.20: Asylum. Melodrama with Ian McKellen

Thursday 4th
C4 - 12.45am: Breakfast on Pluto. Neil Jordan black comedy about gender variance from 2005. Cillian Murphy stars
Comedy - 6.40am: Let’s make Love. With Marilyn Monroe

Friday 5th
TCM - 7.05am: Grand Hotel. Greta Garbo stars

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ten Years After: We Remember Justin

This year saw the tenth anniversary of the tragic suicide of Britain’s only out gay footballer Justin Fashanu. The Justin Campaign is using this occasion to push forward the campaign against homophobia in football. It is easy to forget that Justin was the first £1m player and that he was thrown off the team by Brian Clough when he came out.

The Justin Campaign wants to make May 2nd Justin Fashanu Day so that we can all commemorate his life and remember the impact homophobia can have.

For full details go to The Lesbian and Gay Foundation's website here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Curiouser and Curiouser: LGBT History Conference

LGBT history and heritage ideas are going from strength to strength. But what are the challenges around collecting, conserving and communicating the history of LBGT people and who and what is that history for? The London Metropolitan Archives are organising their sixth annual LGBT History and Archives Conference, which will include talks, Q&A sessions and workshops.

The programme includes speakers currently working on a variety of LGBT heritage projects including:

Proud Heritage: How proud are Britain's Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Archives
Jack Gilbert

Over the last three years Proud Heritage has been on an unprecedented journey, working with leading figures at UCL and Leicester University to analyse the challenges facing LGBT memory and cultural ancestry in the heritage sector – and developing some innovative ways forward.

Nottinghamshire's Rainbow Heritage
David Edgley

Celebrating Nottinghamshire’s LGBT lives, hidden history and culture, the website gives many opportunities for interaction.

Imperial War Museum North: Military Pride
Catherine Roberts and James McSharry

Military Pride maps personal experiences across forty years of changing laws and evolving social attitudes toward homosexuality. It presents a unique snapshot of military life for gay men and women.

Shropshire Archives: Some People Are Gay, Get Over It!
Maureen Turner and Kerry Dickins

A resource for Key Stage 3 and 4 teachers and students funded by the MLA West Midlands’ ‘Learning Links’ initiative.

Brighton Ourstory: Sodomy and Suffrage
Linda Pointing and Tom Sargant

Brighton Ourstory are working on a major new exhibition for Brighton Pride 2009. Linda and Tom will relate some of the joys and perils of researching local LGBT history.

A Most Extraordinary Affair
Rose McMahon

Interpreting the Legendary Ladies of Llangollen at the Plas Newydd House and Museum

The day will also feature a selection of afternoon workshops to choose from
- RUKUS! presenting an informal discussion on the development of the rukus! Black LGBT Archive and its new project Sharing Tongues,
- LGBT HISTORY MONTH - Building on the past and looking to the future - getting involved in LGBT History with Sue Sanders, - BUILDING A SPACE with Jane Standing of Kairos in Soho,
- CABINETS OF CURIOSITY – Developing and exploring museums and their LGBT collections with Jack Gilbert, Rose McMahon, Catherine Roberts and James McSharry
- OPENING DOORS: INCLUSIVITY AND ARCHIVES l- Developing LGBT collections in archives, opening up access and encouraging new users with Sue Donnelly, Parveen Betab and Anna Kisby

Curiouser and Curiouser: The Sixth Annual LGBT History and Archives Conference
Saturday 6 December 2008
9.30am - 4.30pm
£10 / £7.50 (pre-booking essential)
London Metropolitan Archives
40, Northampton Road
London EC1R 0HB

To book, call 020 7332 3851 or write to the above address.
Cheques should be made payable to the City of London.
Please write the event name on the back of the cheque.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Theatre: The Pride and Wig Out

The Pride, a play by Alexi Kaye Campbell, examines changing attitudes to sexuality over a period of 50 years, looking at intimacy, identity and the courage it takes to be who you really are.

The Philip of 1958 is in love with Oliver, but married to Sylvia.
The Oliver of 2008 is addicted to sex with strangers.
Sylvia loves them both.

The Pride
21 November - 20 December
Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square
Age guidance 16+
Contains scenes of a sexual nature

Wig Out, by Tarell Alvin McCraney, lets you enter the legendary House of Light, a hyper-glamorous, uber-competitive drag queen refuge where a daughter who was once a son, can find a family.

Drag queen Nina is wooing, as Wilson, the delectable Eric, a de-camped, make-up free 'straight' gay man. How can Nina/Wilson strut the thorny divide between opposite genders and differing worlds?

Wig Out
21 November - 10 January
Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square
Suitable for ages 16+
Contain explicit sexual content

The Royal Court is also planning a Wig Out-themed New Year Eve Party. Tickets include entrance to the play, post-show buffet and party with DJ, cabaret and special guests. Show starts at 8.30pm, party till 3.30am.

You can read a review of the play on Reviews Gate, here.

Royal Court Theatre
Box Office: 020 7565 5000

Saturday, November 22, 2008

LGBT Related Radio and TV Programmes, 22nd - 28th November

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!

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.



Radio
Saturday 22nd
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Alan Carr’s Comedy Outings
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul Gambaccini. US hits
BBC Radio 4 - 12.30pm: The News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig presents
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour. Highlights
BBC Radio 4 - 5.30: The Bottom Line. With Evan Davis. To be honest; he’s gay but the programme isn’t
6 Music - 12midnight: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson

Sunday 23rd
BBC Radio 2 - 2pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops ’70 and ‘82
BBC Radio 3 - 8pm: The Pattern of Painful Adventures. Anthony Sher plays Shakespeare in bio pic cum drama cum soap
6 Music - 1am: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson
Classic FM - 9pm: Paul Gambaccini’s Hall of Heroes

Monday 24th
BBC Radio 4 - 10.45am: Aubrey’s Brief Lives
BBC Radio 4 - 10.45pm: Book at Bedtime: Black Orchids
BBC Radio 7 - 10.30pm: Intimate Contact with Julian Clary. From 1992

Tuesday 25th
BBC Radio 3 - 10am: Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini
BBC Radio 7 - 7.30pm: Counterpoint. With the late Ned Sherrin

Thursday 27th
BBC Radio 2 - 8pm: Live in London. Featuring The Feeling
BBC Radio 3 - 2.55pm: Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony
BBC Radio 3 - 11.30: A Fine Defence of Enid Blyton. Anne Fine does a reassessment of the much maligned author with readings by Miriam Margolyes

Friday 28th
BBC Radio 1 - 6-1: Floor Fillers; Pete Tong; Annie Mac; Judge Jules
BBC Radio 2 - 7pm: The Judy Garland trail
BBC Radio 4 - 10am: Woman's Hour with Tilda Swinton
BBC Radio 4 - 3pm: Ramblings. With Clare Balding
BBC Radio 4 - 9pm: The Last Time I Saw Richard. Dramatisation of the life of Richard de Zoysa; a Sri Lankan journalist, writer, actor and newsreader who also happened to be gay. Includes the details of his brutal death and the role of the British High Commission.
6 Music - 7pm: Tom Robinson. New acts
BBC Radio 7 - 7pm: Round the Horne

Local
BBC London 94.9 and online
Sunday 9am-12noon: Lesley Joseph and Christopher Biggins
Monday – Friday 3-5pm: Danny Baker. With Amy Lamé or Baylen Leonard

Gaydar Radio - 24/7: Brighton, London DAB and online:

BBC Three Counties (and online), Cambs, Essex, Norfolk, Northants., Suffolk
10pm-1am: Ern and Vern. Kenny Everett meets Round the Horn in a bucketful of innuendo

New: Manchester’s gaydio

Television

Entertainment and documentary

Saturday 22nd
BBC1 - 5.50pm: Hole in the Wall. Dale Winton presents
BBC1 - 6.20: Strictly Come Dancing
BBC2 - 8.10pm: Stephen Fry in America 5/6 True West
BBC2 - 9.10pm: Einstein and Eddington
BBC2 - 11.50: Kings of Glam. From that strange 70’s pop period when sexual ambiguity ruled
BBC HD - 7.25pm: Torchwood (rpt)
ITV1 - 12.05: Corrie Omnibus
ITV1 - 7.25pm and 9.55pm: X Factor
ITV1 - 8.55: I’m a Celebrity…
ITV2 - 2.15pm: Britannia High
ITV2 - 11.25: I’m a Celebrity…
E4 - 9pm: Greatest Comedy Catchphrase. Shut that door!
Dave - 9pm: QI. 5 edition marathon
Living - 6pm: Will and Grace
Watch - 7.45: Dr Who Confidential
Watch - 8: Dr Who
Watch - 9: Torchwood
Watch - 12.25am: Torchwood
Living2 - 2am: GMT Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Sky Arts1 - 11.45: What the Dickens?

Sunday 23rd
BBC1 - 8.15: Strictly Come Dancing. John Barrowman guests
BBC1 - 9pm: Stephen Fry in America. 6/6 Pacific
BBC2 - 11.50: Graham Norton Uncut. Thursday’s edition extended, with Alan Carr and Tom Jones
ITV1 - 1.55pm: X Factor
ITV1 - 7: Britannia High
ITV1 - 8: Divas II
ITV1 - 9pm: I’m a Celebrity Get me out of Here. Camp as how’s your father?
ITV2 - 10.30: I’m a Celebrity…
More4 - 4.40: Come Dine with Me. Omnibus
Living - 9am and 4.40am: The Golden Girls
Sky Arts - 11.30am: What the Dickens? Sandi Toksvig presents
Biography - 9pm: Psychic Katherine Hepburn

Monday 24th
ITV1 - 6am: GMTV Edwina Currie early. Mamma Mia stuff later
ITV1 - 9pm: I’m a Celebrity…
ITV2 -12noon: Coronation Street
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity…
C4 - 12.50pm: Will and Grace
C4 - 5pm: The Paul O’Grady Show
Living - 3pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7: Will and Grace
Gold - 11.10pm: Gimme Gimme Gimme
Sky Arts1 - 9pm: Freddie Mercury
Sky Arts2 - 5.10pm: Shakespeare’s Globe

Tuesday 25th
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity…
C4 - 10am: How to Dump Your Mates. A gay teenager is looking for like-minded friends
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady. Maureen Lipman and Julie Walters guest
More4 - 9pm: Come Dine with Me
Dave - 9.40pm: QI
Gold - 10.45pm: Gimme Gimme Gimme
Gold - 12.30am: Absolutely Fabulous
Living - 3pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7pm and 1am: Will and Grace
Living2 - 10pm: The L Word
Watch - 6pm: Dr Who
Watch - 9: Torchwood
Sky Arts - 10.35am: Freddie Mercury
Biography - 6am and 11am: Tyrone Power
History - 8pm: David Starkey on Elizabeth I

Wednesday 26th
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who
ITV1 - 10.30am: This Morning. Rhydian guests
ITV1 - 9pm: I’m a Celebrity…
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity
C4 - 12.45pm: Will and Grace
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
Dave - 10.40pm: League of Gentleman
Living - 3pm and 8: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7pm and 1am: Will and Grace
Watch - 6pm: Dr Who
Sky Arts1 - 7.30pm: What the Dickens? Arts quiz with Sandi Toksvig
Biography - 12noo: Patrick Stewart

Thursday 27th
BBC2 - 9.30pm: The Graham Norton Show. Paul O’Grady guests
ITV1 - 9pm: I’m a Celebrity…
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity…
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady. John Barrowman guests
Dave - 10pm: Batteries not Included. Gadget show features Sue Perkins
Watch - 6pm: Dr Who
Living - 7pm & 1am: Will and Grace
Living - 3 and 10pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Sky Arts1 - 12.30pm: Tim Marlow on Francis Bacon
Sky Arts1 - 1.30: What the Dickens?
Sky Arts1 - 4: Freddie Mercury

Friday 28th
BBC2 - 10pm: QI.
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who
ITV1 - 9pm: I’m a Celebrity… Will Navratilova or Zulu or Paddick still be there?
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity…
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
C4 - 8: Come Dine with Me. E Yorkshire
Living - 3pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7pm and 1am: Will and Grace
Watch - 6pm: Dr Who
Sky Arts1 - 11.55: What the Dickens?

Film and drama
Saturday 22nd
ITV1 - 2pm: Pillow Talk. Day/Hudson classic rom/com
Fiver - 6.30pm: A League of Their Own. Tom Hanks as a WWII ex-alcoholic basketball team coach. Rosie O’Donnell and Madge are among the players
Sky Indie - 11.20am: Volver

Sunday 23rd
Film4 - 12.50am: East is East
Modern Greats - 8.10am: Wilde. Jude Law and Stephen Fry

Monday 24th
Family - 8pm: Hairspray

Tuesday 25th
Screen1 - 1.50am: The Krays

Thursday 27th
Five US - 11pm: Birdy. Kes meets Catch 22 in an extraordinary film about pain, friendship and escape. Matthew Modine and Nicholas Cage. Alan Parker directed (1984)
Modern Greats - 8.15am: Wilde
TCM - 2.10: Marie Antoinette. Norma Shearer and Tyrone Power (1938)

Friday 28th
Screen1 - 2.05 and 8pm: Hairspray

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Conversation with Stephen Fry

A conversation with the celebrated author, wit and comic genius Stephen Fry will take place at the V&A museum in London about his long-held fascination with America and its people, cultures, and landscapes.

Questions cover some of the high points of the recent epic journey in which he travelled across 50 states in a black cab and explore a country that is at times magnificent, eccentric, beautiful and strange. The event coincides with the publication of his new book, Stephen Fry in America (HarperCollins 2008) and the television series of the same name.

Stephen Fry — In America
Wednesday 26 November - 19.00–20.00
V&A museum - Lecture Theatre
Cromwell Road
London
£8, £6 concessions
Website (scroll down)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

LGBT History Month Pre Launch

Copyright © 2008 Mark Weeks

350 people witnessed the Pre Launch of the 5th LGBT history Month last night at the Hackney Free and Parochial Church of England School in Hackney, London. The Month will be taking place in February 2009.

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (sponsors of the event), Baroness Morgan of Drefelin, who was the key-note speaker at the event, expressed her wish to see a light shining in the dark corners of classrooms and for the reality of LGBT lives to be fully realised in the curriculum. She also announced that new guidance is being developed for schools on gender and gender identity with the consultation starting soon.

There were also many calls for respect and the celebration of diversity. And as Councillor Faizullah Kahn, another speaker, reminded the audience in his own speech: if, for some reason, you can't be a friend, there is no reason why you should be an enemy.

Young people from Stoke Newington School, the Youth Projects Green Door in Hackney and Out on Thursday in Hammersmith, performed with aplomb, passion and humour and the audience of educationalists, teachers, youth workers and local LGBT activists sat spell-bound and sometimes emotional. They cheered as they recognised that inclusive education can make such a powerful difference.

Education professionals shared their ideas, tips and experience on bringing LGBT lives and history into the classroom. One of the many highlights of the night was a short video presenting the work of the No Outsiders Project, which celebrates LGBT families lives in primary schools around the country.

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Copyright © 2008 Mark Weeks

For those who could not attend and still wish to make a difference in their own school, advice and tips are available in the new School Toolkit, which was launched last night and will enable people to find examples of what can be done and how it can be done. The Toolkit also highlights the elements of legislation supporting the introduction of the LGBT elements in the curriculum. The Toolkit is available here, together with other resources for schools.

Sue Sanders, co-chair of Schools LGBT History Month said: "What a momentous night it was. We can only hope that February 2009 will come to life in schools and youth settings up and down the country. The resources are there, the legislation is there to say you need to do it and the skills and enthusiasm is abundant."

"Last night we saw young people from London and heard about projects in Wales, Buckinghamshire and the South West. We know that every school can do the work. They simply need the confidence and skills to do it and last night proved that there is plenty of support available."

The Month will be taking place in February 2009. The LGBT History Month website provides a wide ranch of resources for schools, organisations and individuals to get involved, including a calendar to advertise the events and a forum to share ideas.

More pictures of the event (taken by Mark Weeks) and of the previous pre-launch events can be viewed on our Flickr account here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

International Transgender Day of Remembrance


To mark the 10th International Transgender Day of Remembrance (20th November), the following events will be held this week-end in Manchester, London and Brighton. The day commemorates those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

Manchester
Will be hosting a Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday, November 23rd Assemble for the vigil in Sackville Park (off Canal Street, Manchester) at 3.45pm. The One Minute’s Silence and reading of the names of the deceased will take place at 4pm by the Beacon of Hope. This will take place by candlelight so please bring a candle and holder if you are able to. The vigil will last for approximately one hour, and will be followed by an informal gathering at Taurus bar (1 Canal Street) if people wish. Both Sackville Park and Taurus are fully accessible, although at Taurus we may use a private function room down one flight of stairs. All are welcome; please feel free to bring a reading, flowers or another appropriate tribute.
For more information, contact Dave at tgdor@morf.org.uk

Brighton
The Gender Trust and The Clare Project are holding Brighton’s first Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday 23 November 2008, 16.00hrs at the Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens, Brighton BN2 1RL, United Kingdom . This is a non denominational meeting and not a religious service. There will be a candlelit vigil and readings. All are welcome.

London
Will hold a Transgender Day of Remembrance service on Sunday, November 23rd at 2:00 PM at the Dragon Hall, Stukeley Street, Covent Garden. Contact:tgremembrance@googlemail.com with any queries, suggestions or offers of help. This event is supported by Camden LGBT Forum

International Transgender Day of Rememberance

Sunday, November 16, 2008

LGBT Related Radio and TV Programmes, 15th - 21st November

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!

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.



Radio
Saturday 15th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Alan Carr’s Comedy Outings
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul Gambaccini. US hits
BBC Radio 4 - 12.30pm: The News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig presents

Sunday 16th
BBC Radio 2 - 2pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops ’65 and ‘74
BBC Radio 4 - 7.15pm: Go For It. Free thinking Festival in Liverpool
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30pm: Last Word
BBC Radio 7 - 10.30pm: News Quiz
6 Music - 1am: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 - 10pm: The News Quiz
Classic FM - 9pm: Paul Gambaccini’s Hall of Heroes

Monday 17th
BBC Radio 3 - 11am: Bernstein. Symphony No. 2
BBC Radio 3 - 7pm: Performance on 3. Includes Gershwin
BBC Radio 7 - 10.30pm: Intimate Contact with Julian Clary. From1992

Tuesday 18th
BBC Radio 2 - 10.30pm: Come in From the Cold; Joni Mitchell interview from 2007
BBC Radio 3 - 11.02am: Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony
BBC Radio 3 - 1.08am: Britten: St Cecilia
BBC Radio 4 - 1.30pm: Celebrating Cecilia! Don’t know where I’m going with this one. St Cecilia is the Patron Saint of Music
BBC Radio 7 - 7.30pm: Counterpoint. With the late Ned Sherrin

Wednesday 19th
BBC Radio 3 - 10.22: Britten: Winter Words
BBC Radio 3 - 9.15: Night Waves
BBC Radio 4 - 11am: The Lament of the SS Mendi; remembered by Jackie Kay

Friday 21st
BBC Radio 1 - 6-1: Floor Fillers; Pete Tong; Annie Mac; Judge Jules
BBC Radio 2 - 7pm: The Judy Garland trail
BBC Radio 4 - 3pm: Ramblings. With Clare Balding
BBC Radio 4 - Last Word
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30pm: News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig presents.
6 Music - 7pm: Tom Robinson. New acts
BBC Radio 7 - 7pm: Hinge and Bracket

Local
BBC London - 94.9 and online
Sunday 9am-12noon: Lesley Joseph and Christopher Biggins
Monday – Friday 3-5pm: Danny Baker. With Amy Lamé or Baylen Leonard

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

BBC Three Counties (and online), Cambs, Essex, Norfolk, Northants., Suffolk
10pm-1am: Ern and Vern. Kenny Everett meets Round the Horn in a bucketful of innuendo

Television

Entertainment and documentaries

Saturday 15th
BBC1 - 5.35pm: Hole in the Wall. Dale Winton presents
BBC1 - 6.05: Strictly Come Dancing
BBC2 - 8.05pm: Stephen Fry in America 4/6 Mountains and Plains. South Dakota and Kansas
BBC HD - 6pm: Strictly Come Dancing
BBC HD - 7.20pm: Torchwood (rpt)
ITV1 - 7.20pm and 9.35pm: X Factor
ITV1 - 8.35 and 10.20: We Are Most Amused. Comedy variety to celebrate His Maj to be’s 60th. Includes Joan Rivers and maybe others
ITV2 - 3.40pm: Britannia High
Gold - 10pm: Absolutely Fabulous
Gold - 10.40: Gimme Gimme Gimme
Gold - 11.20: French and Saunders
Gold - 12midnight: Absolutely Fabulous
Living - 9am and 4.40am: The Golden Girls
Living - 6pm: Will and Grace
Living2 - 2am: GMT Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Sky Arts 2 - 7.30pm: Tim Marlow on Francis Bacon

Sunday 16th
BBC1 - 7.15pm: Antiques Roadshow. From The Sage Gateshead. Includes a tablecloth illustrated by Francis Bacon
BBC1 - 8.15: Strictly Come Dancing
BBC1 - 9pm: Stephen Fry in America. 6/6 Pacific
BBC2 - 11.50: Graham Norton Uncut. Thursday’s edition extended
ITV1 - 2.15pm: X Factor
ITV1 - 9pm: I’m a Celebrity Get me out of Here. I can’t believe this is here
Gold - 12.40am: Gimme Gimme Gimme
More4 - 4.40pm: Come Dine with Me. Omnibus
Living - 9am and 4.40am: The Golden Girls
Sky Arts - 11.40am: What the Dickens? Sandi Toksvig presents
Sky Arts 2 - 1.30am: Francis Bacon
Biography - 5pm: Psychic Therapy with Pete Burns

Monday 17th
BBC1 - 11am: To Buy or Not To Buy. With Kristian Digby
BBC2 - 10pm: QI. Repeat of Friday’s special Children in Need edition
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who
ITV1 - 7.30 and 8.30: Coronation Street. Hayley’s back – or is she?
ITV1 - 9: I’m a Celebrity…
ITV2 - 12noon: Coronation Street
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity…
C4 - 12.50pm: Will and Grace
C4 - 5pm: The Paul O’Grady Show
E4 - 11.10pm: Derren Brown: Something Wicked this way Comes
Gold - 11pm and 1.45am: A Bit of Fry and Laurie
Sky Arts1 - 1.30pm: Tim Marlow on Francis Bacon. For the billionth time

Tuesday 18th
BBC1 - 11am: To Buy or Not To Buy
BBC2- 10pm: The Culture Show
ITV1 - 9pm: I’m a Celebrity…
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity…
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
E4 - 11pm: Skins
More4 - 9pm: Come Dine with Me
Dave - 12.20am: QI
Gold - 11pm: Fry and Laurie
Living - 3pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7pm and 1am: Will and Grace
Living2 - 10pm: The L Word
Watch - 6pm: Dr Who

Wednesday 19th
BBC1 - 11am: To Buy or Not To Buy. With Kristian Digby
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who. Two hour marathon
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity. ITV1 show’s shelved because of football
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
Dave - 10.40pm: League of Gentleman
Living - 7pm & 1am: Will and Grace
Living - 3pm and 8: Grey’s Anatomy
Sky Arts1 - 7.30pm: What the Dickens? Arts quiz with Sandi Toksvig
Sky Arts2 - 11.45am: Tim Marlow on Francis Bacon
Sky Arts2 - 1.05am: Tim Marlow on Francis Bacon
Biography - 9pm and 12midnight: Elton John

Thursday 20th
BBC1 - 11am: To Buy or Not To Buy
BBC1 - 9pm: Apparitions. Martin Shaw does the Exorcist
BBC2 - 9.30pm: The Graham Norton Show. Alan Carr guests
ITV1 - 8pm: I’m a Celebrity…2 hour edition
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity…
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
Dave - 10pm: Batteries not Included. Gadget show features Sue Perkins
Watch - 6pm: Dr Who
Living - 7pm & 1am: Will and Grace
Living - 3 and 10pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Sky Arts1 - 1.30pm: What the Dickens?

Friday 21st
BBC1 - 11am: To Buy or not to Buy
BBC2 - 10pm: QI.
BBC2 - 11.35: The Culture Show
BBC3 - 7pm: Dr Who
ITV1 - 7.30pm: Coronation Street. Jonathan Harvey scripts
ITV1 - 8.30: Coronation Street. Ditto. Lots of Roy/Hayley stuff
ITV1 - 9pm: I’m a Celebrity… Will Zulu or Paddick still be there?
ITV1 - 10: Now That’s What I Call 1983. Show that attempts to reactivate the news, songs and singers
ITV2 - 10pm: I’m a Celebrity…
C4 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
C4 - 8: Come Dine with Me. Aberdeen
C4 - 10.35: Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill. Stand-up recording from San Francisco
Living - 3pm: Grey’s Anatomy
Living - 7pm and 1am: Will and Grace
Watch - 6pm: Dr Who
Sky Arts1 - 1.30pm: Francis Bacon
Sky Arts1 - 11.45: What the Dickens?

Film and drama
Sunday 16th
C4 - 10.45: Fight Club. Nihilistic satire with Brad Pitt
five - 12.30: The Woman in Question. Old British nasty starring Dirk Bogarde
TCM - 8.45am: Ziegfield Follies. Gene Kelly and Judy Garland
Family - 8pm: Hairspray 2007 version
Classics - 9pm: The Blob

Tuesday 18th
Modern Greats - 6.10pm: My Best Friend’s Wedding

Wednesday 19th
Classics - 9pm: Psycho. Original version

Thursday 20th
Indie - 11.10am: Fire. Indian lesbian drama

Friday 21st
Modern Greats - 8pm Rocky Horror Picture Show. Don’t get hot and flustered; use a bit of mustard