Saturday, September 26, 2009

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 26th September - 2nd October

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.

Graham Norton guests on the repeat of Jonathan Ross on Saturday at 1am. Demi Moore on Bio at 9am. Stephen Fry seeks out the nearest thing to a dragon in Indonesia in Last Chance to See on BBC2 at 8pm on Sunday. Christopher Biggins guests on Loose Women on ITV1 at 12.30pm Monday, and John Barrowman is there on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, Sue Perkins joins Paul O’Grady at 5 on 4 and The Simpsons on 4 at 6 has a gay marriage in Springfield special. Ennio Morricone Special on Sky Arts 2 at 11pm.
On Wednesday Nigel Slater produces Simple Suppers on BBC1 at 7.30pm. Su Pollard on Loose Women at 12.30pm ITV1 Friday and Derren Browntells us how to beat a casino on 4 at 9pm. Ballet Boyz on Dance Sky Arts 2 at 10pm.

LGBT issues are often debated in The Big Questions on BBC1 at 10am Sunday. Will and Grace at 9am and Come Dine with Me every weekday at 5.30on 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 C4 at 10pm Wednesday. Paul O’Grady Show every day at 5pm on C4.

Ian Mckellen as Gandalf in LOOR The Two Towers C4 7pm Saturday. Carry on up the Khyber at 3.10pm Film4. Mamma Mia on Comedy at 8pm Sunday. Jodie Foster in The Brave One at 10.10pm Drama Wednesday. Rocky Horror on Indie at 8.15pm 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 26th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops. 74 and 93
BBC Radio 2 - 6: Going Out with Alan Carr
BBC Radio 2 - 8: Paul Gambaccini US Hits
BBC Radio 4 - 6.07am: Ramblings. Clare Balding in north Northumberland
BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Live. Sarah Graham is intersex and explains how she found out. She is also a lesbian.
BBC Radio 4 - 12.30pm: The News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig presents. Sue Perkins guests
BBC Radio 4 - 1.10: Any Questions. Ben Bradshaw is on the panel
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour
BBC Radio 4 - 5.30: the Bottom Line. Evan Davis
BBC Radio 4 - 10.15: Iconclasts. Debate on the age of consent and the subsequent criminalisation of children. Peter Tatchell features
BBC Radio 7 - 7.30pm: Daphne du Maurier – Frenchman’s Creek

Sunday 27th
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
BBC Radio 4 - 7.05am: Sunday. Religious programme that often deals with LGBT issues
BBC Radio 4 - 11.15: Desert Island Discs. Barry Manilow
BBC Radio 4 - 12.04pm: Just a Minute. Sue Perkins
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: Last Word. Weekly obituary that has included LGBT figures in the past
BBC Radio 7 - 7.30pm: The Frankie Howerd Show

Monday 28th
BBC Radio 2 - 11.30pm: Holloway Dreams: The Joe Meek Story. Tom Robinson presents a profile of the troubled gay sound engineer. Final part
BBC Radio 4 - 2.15: Afternoon Play: Hoffnung Drawn to Music. Bio with Matt Lucas as the eponymous etc.
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30pm: Just a Minute. Graham Norton
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: Analysis: who’s Afraid of the BNP? Kenan Malik on how the mainstream should deal with a fascist party

Tuesday 29th
BBC Radio 2 - 10.30pm: Dick Emery: Comedy of Errors. David Walliams on the ‘comedian’ who ruined my childhood
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30pm: Great Lives. With Matthew Parris. John Major on Rudyard Kipling

Thursday 1st
BBC Radio 4 - 9am and 9.30pm: In Our Time. British Museum curator Richard Parkinsontalks to Melvyn Bragg about ancient Egyptian revolutionary Akhenhaten
BBC Radio 4 - 3pm: Ramblings. Clare Balding in Northumberland
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: The Bottom Line. Evan Davies

Friday 2nd
BBC Radio 4 - 9am: Desert Island Discs. Barry Manilow
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Last Word
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30: The News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig presents. Sue Perkins guests
BBC Radio 4 - 10pm: The World Tonight. LGB people give their views on David Cameron.
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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