Friday, August 21, 2009

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 22nd - 28th 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.

Apologies that the advertised repeat of Have I Got News for You featuring Brian Blessed and Alan Duncan last Saturday on BBC2 was replaced at the eleventh hour. The intro suggested it was to do with Brian Blessed. You might be forgiven for thinking it had more to do with Alan Duncan. The man who can’t keep his foot out of his mouth was in trouble again over his expenses comments and Tory Central Office must have strings to pull. Just a thought. Gok Wan tells Ben Shepherd what’s wrong with him in Gok’s Fashion Fix on Saturday at 4.05pm on Channel 4. The X Factor is back (like secondary cancer?) on ITV1 at 7pm. BBC2 broadcasts the Edinburgh Festival round-up, at midnight.
ITV1 repeats Forbidden Love at 11.05pm Sunday. E4 repeats Ugly Betty on Sunday at 6pm.
The return of Countdown brings a brand spanking new series of Come Dine with Me at 5.30pm weekdays on C4. Choreographer Michael Clark on The Edinburgh Festival Show 7pm on BBC2 Wednesday.

C4’s BB continues to keep all its LGB housemates. Alan Carr’s repeated Chatty Man on 4 at 1.15am Saturday. The Wire 11.20pm Monday, Tuesdayand 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.

Full Monty on Film4 Saturday. Boys Don’t Cry on Indie at 10pm. On Sunday Sky Screen 1 airs Hairspray at 6pm and Mamma Mia at 8, while Screen 2shows The Bourne Ultimatum at 10.40pm.
The Bourne Identity 11pm ITV2 on Tuesday. Boys Don’t Cry on Indie at 10pm. The gorgeous Roddy McDowell in Planet of the Apes 1.30pm C4 Wednesday. The Bourne Ultimatum on Modern Greats at 6pm.
Almadóvar’s Volver on Film4 at 9pm Thursday. The Bourne Supremacy ITV2 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 22nd
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops 70 and 84
BBC Radio 2 - 8: Paul Gambaccini’s US hits
BBC Radio 4 - 10am: Excess Baggage. Sandi Toksvig
BBC Radio 4 - 10.15pm: The Atheist and the Bishop. Self-explanatory prog with a gay agnostic as witness

Sunday 23rd
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Elaine Page. Cast of Hairspray
BBC Radio 2 - 5: Paul O’Grady
BBC Radio 4 - 7.05am: Sunday. Religious programme that often deals with LGBT issues
BBC Radio 4 - 12.02pm: Just a Minute. Kit Hesketh-Harvey guests and is as camp as a row of tents
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: Last Word. Weekly obituary that has included LGBT figures in the past

Monday 24th
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30: Just a Minute. Sue Perkins

Tuesday 25th
BBC Radio 4 - 9am: Fry’s English Delight. Stephen Fry on English usage
BBC Radio 4 - 11.30: With Great Pleasure. Clive Stafford Smith, activist on prisoners’ human rights and a gay man, chooses prose and poetry.
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30pm: Great Lives. Dervla Murphy on Freya Stark, who roamed the Middle East in the 1930s. With Matthew Parris

Wednesday 26th
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30pm: The Odd Half Hour. Stephen K Amos

Thursday 27th
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30pm: At The Fringe. Content unknown
BBC Radio 4 - 7.15: Front Row. Interview with Alan Cummings as he begins a tour as a stand up comedian

Friday 28th
BBC Radio 2 - 7.30pm: Friday Night is Music Night. John Barrowman stars
BBC Radio 2 - 11: In the Beginning. As part of the Beatles night special, Holly Johnson goes back to their roots
BBC Radio 4 - 2.15pm: Afternoon Play. The Last Tsar. Why did George V refuse asylum to Tsar Nicholas? Derek Jacobi plays the English monarch
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Last Word
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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