Sunday, August 2, 2009

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 1st - 7th August

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.

Christmas’s Dr Who Special is repeated on BBC1 on Saturday at 6pm. Five’s Law and Order: Special Victims Unit at 10.55 picks up on the possibility that two gay murder victims might have been targeted because they had contracted a new virulent strain of HIV. How nice. Loads of Torchwood on Watch and Dan Snow’s Hadrian repeats on Yesterday at 9pm. Sundayevening’s dollop includes a repeat performance of Britain’s Most Embarrassing Parents onBBC3. Screened at 8pm, it precedes the delightful Young, Dumb and Living off Mum. Number 2 (it’s a top ten) embarrassing parent is a Leeds father whose transvestite alter-ego Sue takes out the youngest son and parades him around the city’s gay bars. Methinks this leaves some questions unanswered. At 9 on 4 on Monday, Rupert Everett follows the trail of the revolutionary bisexual romantic Byron in the second part of The Scandalous Adventures of Lord Byron. Come Dine with Me repeats are splattered all over the listings on C4 and its satellites. At the moment its on where Countdown used to be on Monday to Friday. Homoerotic overtones (or at least there were last week) in Desperate Romantics on BBC2 at 9 on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Sky Arts 1 starts Theatre Live! with an intro by Sandi Toksvig at 9pm. Torchwood repeated on BBC3 at 9pm Friday. Double helpings of Stephen Fry repeated on Friday with Kingdom on ITV1 at 9pm and QI on BBC2 at 10pm. More4 repeats the Cutting Edge doc of m-f gender reassignment of RAF paratrooper Jan Hamilton at 11pm.

One L and 2 Gs and 2 Bs on BB on C4. Alan Carr interviews Gok Wan in Chatty Man on C4 at 10pm Sunday. The Wire 11.20pm Tuesday and Wednesday on BBC2. Ugly Betty on C4 at 10pm Wednesday and Skins at 11 on Wednesday. Usually there’s some LGBT content on The Big Questions on BBC1 on Sunday morning at 10am. Ellen is on Fiver every weekday morning at 6. Come Dine with Me at 5.30pm on C4. Dr Who on BBC3 every evening at 7, QI on Dave and Will & Grace on Living every day.

Boys Don’t Cry on Drama at 11.50pm Thursday. Transamerica on More4 at 9pm Friday.

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 1st
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops 75 and 91
BBC Radio 2 - 6: Going out with Alan Carr
BBC Radio 2 - 8: Paul Gambaccini’s US hits
BBC Radio 4 - 10am: excess Baggage. Sandi Toksvig
BBC Radio 4 - 8: George Blake: The Confession

Sunday 2nd
BBC Radio 2 - 11am: Elaine Page. With West End show tunes and guests
BBC Radio 4 - 7.05am: Sunday. Religious programme that often deals with LGBT issues
BBC Radio 4 - 11.15: Desert Island Discs. Nicky Haslam
BBC Radio 4 - 12.04pm: Just a Minute. With Sue Perkins
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: Last Word.

Monday 3rd
BBC Radio 2 - 11.30pm: Disco Classics with Dave Pearce
BBC Radio 3 - 12noon: Composer of the Week: Tchaikovsky
BBC Radio 4 - 3pm: George Blake: The Confession. Rpt
BBC Radio 7 - 10.30pm: On the Town with the League of Gentlemen

Tuesday 4th
BBC Radio 2 - 10.30: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Kwame Kwei-Armah examines Tennessee Williams and the culture that surrounded him
BBC Radio 3 - 12noon: Composer of the Week: Tchaikovsky
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30pm: Tennyson: Great Lives

Wednesday 5th
BBC Radio 3 - 12noon: Composer of the Week: Tchaikovsky
BBC Radio 4 - 9am and 9.30pm: Between Ourselves. Olivia O’Leary interviews Shazia Mirza and Paul Sinha about being Islamic/Iranian/female/Asian/gay and a stand up
BBC Radio 4 - 9.3:0 Very Amazing: Behind the Scenes at the V & A
BBC Radio 4 - 11: In Living Memory. Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin. Jolyon Jenkins examines the book that began the chain of events leading to Section 28
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30pm: The Odd-Half Hour. Stand up show based around modern life being rubbish. Includes Stephen K. Amos

Thursday 6th
BBC Radio 3 - 12noon: Composer of the Week: Tchaikovsky

Friday 7th
BBC Radio 3 - 12noon: Composer of the Week: Tchaikovsky
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Last Word
BBC Radio 4 - 4.3:0 The Film programme. Interview with Toby Young, who played Truman Capote in Infamous
BBC Radio 4 - 9: The Friday Play: The Enemy Within. Jon Sen’s play about blackmail over a gay relationship
BBC Radio 4 - 11: Tennyson: Great Lives. Rpt.
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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