Saturday, July 11, 2009

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 11th - 17th July

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.


Owt on’t’telly?

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

On Saturday, Jonathan Ross at 1.05am BBC1 has Rufus Wainwright on his new opera Prima Donna. The Supersizers Eat… their way through the Twenties on BBC2 at 9pm Monday. Shameless series 6 on E4 at 10pm.

Christopher Biggins on The Wright Stuff at 9.15 am Five on Tuesday. Dirk Bogarde on Bio at 4pm Wednesday.

Friday Dame Edna guests on Jonathan Ross at 10.35pm BBC1. T in the Park BBC2 11.35 features The Pet Shop Boys and Lady GaGa. Double helping of The Wire afterwards at 1.35am.

One L and a G and 2 Bs on BB on C4. Will Charlie do a Geordie Brian Dowling and win? Will Charlie and Roderigo get over themselves and sort themselves out in a quiet corner? Is anyone ever going to vote Marcus the caveman out?

Totally Saturday on Saturday night at 6.15pm is hosted by Graham Norton. Alan Carr’s Chatty Man repeated on C4at 11.05 on the same evening; trying to camp it out with Dawn French and David Walliams. Usually there’s some LGBT content on The Big Questions on BBC1 on Sunday morning at 10am. Stephen Fry as the eponymous Peter Kingdom on ITV1 Sunday at 9pm. Alan Carr hosts his own show Chatty Man at 10pm C4.Lesbian cop and references to sexual orientation in gritty Baltimore police drama The Wire on BBC2 11.20 Tuesday. Ugly Betty on C4 at 10pm Wednesday and Skins at 11. Psychoville at 10pm on BBC2 Thursday. C4 repeats Derren Brown’s Trick or Treat 11.45pm Thursday. QI on Dave at 9.
Ellen is on Fiver every weekday morning at 6. Will & Grace 9 and Come Dine with Me at 5.30pm on C4.

Mamma Mia at 8pm Saturday on Comedy. Rocky Horror on Indie at 11.40pm Sunday. Hairspray 8pm Monday Comedy. Doctor at Large with Dirk Bogarde at 1.30pm on C4 Wednesday. On the same day in the evening, there’sJodie Foster in Anna and the King on Film4 at 6.10pm, X-Men on Action/Thriller at 7.10 and St Trinians on Comedyat 8. Boys Don’t Cry on Indie at midnight Friday evening.

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 11th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Pick of the Pops. Dale Winton. 1955 & 1988. Dusty Springfield and Tracy Chapman
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 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour. Highlights
BBC Radio 4 - 5.30: The Bottom Line. Evan Davis.
BBC Radio 4 - 6.15: Loose Ends
BBC Radio 4 - 10.15: The Moral Maze. The Bishop of Rochester and his anti-gay caucus
BBC Radio 4 - 11.30: Walking with Whitman. Annual Lancashire ramble in honour of Walt Whitman
6 Music - 12midnight: BBC Introducing. Tom Robinson

Sunday 12th
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady. Lively words and music show
BBC Radio 4 - 7.05am: Sunday. Religious programme that often deals with LGBT issues
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: Last Word. Weekly obituary that has included LGBT figures in the past
BBC Radio 5 Live - 9pm: Gay Life after Saddam. Hoisted from the schedules last week by Wimbledon, this essential listening is now a week late. As the title suggests, it is a documentary on the appalling situation for LGBT people in Iraq. It also highlights the Home Office’s intransigence over their plight. Made in Manchester
BBC Radio 7 - 8pm: Vanity Fair. Narrated by Stephen Fry

Monday 13th
BBC Radio 2 - 11.30pm: Disco Classics with Dave Pearce
BBC Radio 4 - 3.45pm: The Inconstant Moon. Jeannette Winterson on what the moon means to us
BBC Radio 4 - 8pm: Trading on HIV. Shocking investigation into the recreational use of anti-retroviral drugs and their subsequent ineffectiveness
BBC Radio 7 - 10.30pm: On the Town with the League of Gentlemen

Tuesday 14th
BBC Radio 2 - 10.30pm: Angel of Harlem: The Billie Holliday Story
BBC Radio 4 - 11.30am: The Grand Masquerade. Tribute to Kit Williams Masquerade, published 30 years ago
BBC Radio 4 - 3.45pm: The Inconstant Moon. Jeannette Winterson on what the moon means to us
BBC Radio 4 - 11: Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash. Guests Stephen K. Amos

Wednesday 15th
BBC Radio 4 - 11am: In Living Memory. The Contraceptive Train. How the Irish Women’s movement smuggled thousand of contraceptives from Belfast to Dublin in 1971. It was their equivalent of the Stonewall Riots.
BBC Radio 4 - 3.45pm: The Inconstant Moon. Jeannette Winterson on what the moon means to us
BBC Radio 4 - 8pm: The Moral Maze. Aggressive debate that often touches on LGBT issues
BBC Radio 4 - 11: Act Your Age. Stephen K Amos guests
BBC Radio 7 - 11pm: Kenny Everett’s Radio Days

Thursday 16th
BBC Radio 2 - 10pm: The Comedy Hour. Features Scott Capurro
BBC Radio 2 - 10.30pm: Does the Team Think. Guests Rhona Cameron
BBC Radio 4 - 3.45pm: The Inconstant Moon. Jeannette Winterson on what the moon means to us
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30pm: The Bottom Line. Evan Davis

Friday 17th
BBC Radio 4 - 3.45pm: The Inconstant Moon. Jeannette Winterson on what the moon means to us
BBC Radio 4 - 4: Last Word. Weekly obit.
BBC Radio 4 - 9: The Inconstant Moon. Jeannette Winterson on what the moon means to us. Omnibus
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 in Blackpool and promises a variety of LGBT programming. The audio stream is at Guests iunclude 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 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
Listen online at

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