Saturday, September 12, 2009

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 12th - 18th September

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.

Christopher Biggins presents The National Lottery Draws on BBC1 at 8pm Saturday. Big Brother’s Big Mouth Reunion(two weeks after it ended?) 11.20pm C4. Dr Who’s Greatest Moments on BBC3 at 7.15 and Stephen Fry in Americaon Dave at 7. Stephen Fry in America and two repeats of QI on Dave from 7pm. Coronation Street Omnibus on ITV1repeats the Jonathan Harvey editions where Sean’s seduction plans go awry and Jason ends up winning Mr Gay Weatherfield. Dave Lynn appears as herself. Starts 10.55 Sunday. Also on Sunday the ubiquitous Fry is on again, seeking out the white rhino in the Congo in Last Chance to See on BBC2 at 8pm. Jackie Kaye’s play Mind Away has an airing onTheatre Live on Sky Arts 2 at 11.05pm.
On Thursday Alan Cunning presents Scotland on Screen, an examination of Scotland’s contribution to the film industry, as part of the BBC4 This is Scotland Season, at 9pm. The Scandalous Adventures of Lord Byron, presented by Rupert Everett, is repeated on C4 at 1am. Part two is repeated at 12.45am the following evening. Also on Friday, QI is repeated on BBC2 at 10pm and Jools Holland’s Later…features Gossip with Beth Ditto. Five’s Brighton Beach Patrol at 8pm is in Brighton, so there must be some gay content.

Will and Grace at 9am and Come Dine with Me every weekday at 5.30 on C4, as well as Saturday at 4 and other repeatings on More4. Big Food Fight with Sue Perkins on C4 at 10pm Tuesday (repeated 8pm Friday). Ugly Betty on C4at 10pm Wednesday. Derren Brown : How to Control the Nation at 9pm, repeated at 11.40 on C4 Friday. Usually there’s some LGBT content on The Big Questions on BBC1 on Sunday morning at 10am.

Roddy MacDowell in Overboard on ITV1 at 3.25pm Saturday. X-Men – the Last Stand on C4 at 8pm Sunday. James Dean classic East of Eden on Classics at 9pm Wednesday. The original X-Men on Action/Thriller at 6.10pm Thursday. Carry on Abroad on C4 at 1.45pm Friday. Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs on Premiere at 9.45pm Friday andHairspray on Comedy at 6pm. Lindsay Anderson’s extraordinary O Lucky Man at 11pm on TCM.

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 12th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops 72 and 82. Soft Cell
BBC Radio 2 - 6: Going Out with Alan Carr
BBC Radio 2 - 7.30: Proms in the Park. Features Barry Manilow
BBC Radio 4 - 10am: Excess Baggage. Sandi Toksvig and Stephen Fry!
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour
BBC Radio 4 - 8pm: Archive on 4. Agatha Christie tapes with Val McDermaid
BBC Radio 7 - 7.30pm: Daphne du Maurier – Frenchman’s Creek

Sunday 13th
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
BBC Radio 2 - 6.30: Thank You for the Music – A Celebration of Abba. Star spangled extravaganza live from Hyde Park
BBC Radio 3 - 8pm: Drama on 3: Edward II by Christopher Marlowe
BBC Radio 4 - 7.05am: Sunday. Religious programme that often deals with LGBT issues
BBC Radio 4 - 9am: Broadcasting House - Ian McKellen reflects on the Alan Turing apology
BBC Radio 4 - 12.04pm: Just a Minute. Stephen Fry
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: Last Word. Weekly obituary that has included LGBT figures in the past

Monday 14th
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30pm: Just a Minute. Graham Norton
BBC Radio 4 - 11.30: Femme fatale: The Story of Nico

Tuesday 15th
BBC Radio 2 - 10:30pm: Titter Ye Not: The Frankie Howerd Story
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30pm: Great Lives. With Matthew Parris. Kate Humble on Miriam Makeba
BBC Radio 4 - 11: Heresy. Panel game with Sue Perkins

Wednesday 16th
BBC Radio 4 - 9am: Midweek. Featuring gay actor, director and priest James Roose-Evans, author of Opening Doors and Windows: A Memoir in Four Acts
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30pm: Chain Reaction. Frank Skinner interviews Eddie Izzard. Next week Eddie Izzard interviews Alistair Campbell

Thursday 17th
BBC Radio 4 - 11.30am: The A to Z of Dr. Johnson: Words, Words, Words Sue Perkins on the house of Samuel Johnson

Friday 18th
BBC Radio 3 - 9.15: The Verb. Literary quiz featuring Alan Hollinghurst
BBC Radio 4 - 11.30: The Pickerskill Reports. Crispin Biggerstaffe is in the throws of "pubescent agape" at his boarding school for boys.
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Last Word
6 Music - 7pm: Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 - 7pm: Round the Horne

Local and online

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 – Friday 3-5pm: Danny Baker. With Amy Lamé 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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