Sunday, April 26, 2009

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 25th - 1st 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.

Owt on’t’telly?

A round up of LGBT progs and personalities on British TV.

Graham Norton and John Barrowman are back at the helm on BBC1; the former presenting the BAFTAs at 8pm on Sunday and the latter anchoring Tonight’s the Night on Saturday at 7pm.

ITV’s four part series Boy Meets Girl features Rachael Stirling and Martin Freedman as a couple who change bodies after being struck by lightning on Friday May 1st at 9pm, with much the same theme covered by the movie It’s a Boy/Girl Thing where Samaire Armstrong and Kevin Zegers play a sex-change couple on BBC3 at 9pm on Wednesday.

Rupert Everett fans can see him on My Best Friend’s Wedding, which has its first terrestrial airing on C4 Sunday at 9pm. For sheer camp go to How to Marry a Millionaire on C4 on Friday morning, with icons Gable, Monroe and Bacall. Also on C4 is The Cat’s Miaow, featuring Eddie Izzard as a youngish Charlie Chaplin. ITV3 airs An Ideal Husband at 9pm on Friday. The Full Monty on E4 Wednesday 9pm features the world’s most unlikely gay couple.

Over on Sky, Thursday’s Bones on Sky 1 and Sky 1HD at 9pm stars Stephen Fry in a cameo role as a psychiatrist

Returning to the BAFTAs; here are the ones to watch out for.
Entertainment Performance: Stephen Fry in QI
Drama Series: Dr Who and Shameless
Specialist Factual: Stephen Fry and the Gutenburg Press
Entertainment Programme: QI and The Friday/Sunday Night Project
Audience Award: Coronation Street and Skins

Regulars: Don’t forget John Amaechi torturing children in The Speaker. BBC2 Tuesday and Wednesday 8pm.

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 25th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Pick of the Pops. Dale Winton. 1972 & 1986
BBC Radio 2 - 6: Going out with Alan Carr
BBC Radio 2 - 8: Paul Gambaccini. US Hits
BBC Radio 4 - 10am: Excess Baggage. Sandi Toksvig
BBC Radio 4 - 2.30pm: The Killing of Sister George. Play
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 26th
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady. Lively words and music show
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: Last Word. Weekly obituary that has included LGBT figures in the past

Monday 27th
BBC Radio 4 - 1.30pm: Counterpoint
BBC Radio 4 - 2.15: Two Pipe Problems. Afternoon Play. Stanley Baxter stars

Tuesday 28th
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30pm: Great Lives. Ruby Wax discusses Carl Jung with Matthew Parris
BBC Radio 4 - 11: The Secret World. Comedy starring Jon Culshaw 3/6

Friday 1st
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30pm: Last Word. Obituaries. LGBT content unknown
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30: The News Quiz. Toksvig returns
6 Music - 7pm: Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 - 7pm: Round the Horne

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 РFriday 3-5pm: Danny Baker. With Amy Lam̩ 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
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