Saturday, October 10, 2009

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 10th - 16th 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.

Warning: This is a terrible week for LGBT representation on TV. But for Graham Norton and Paul O’Grady we’re clutching at straws. There’s no initiative or imagination; just repetition of old formulae.

An evening of Edith Piaf on Sky Arts 2 on Saturday evening and What the Dickens? with Sandi Toksvig at 8pm Sky Arts 1. On Sunday there’s Alan Carr: Tooth Fairy Live repeated on Comedy Central at 11pm. On Monday Ugly Betty is on C4 at 10pm; at the same time Benidorm is repeated on ITV2. The Graham Norton Show gets its a**e wiped and is moved to BBC1 at 10.35 on Monday. Matt Lucas guests on Paul O’Grady on Tuesday C4 at 5pm, while Ru Paul Drag Race airs again on E4 at 11. What the Dickens? is on Sky Arts 1 again at 9.30am.
On Wednesday Nigel Slater produces Simple Suppers on BBC1 at 7.30pm. Tracey Chapman on Bio at 8.30. Soft Cell and The Pet Shop Boys on the retro Synth Britannia on BBC4 Friday at 9pm. The Ballet Boyz do Swan Lake on 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 on Saturday and Sunday on C4. Paul O’Grady Show every day at 5pm on C4. Gok Wan on How to Look Good Naked C4 8pm Tuesday and Derren Brown at 10.40. Benidorm on ITV1 at 9pm Friday.

Sunday’s good if you’re up for camp: Mamma Mia on Comedy at 8pm; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on Classics at6.25pm; and Meet Me in St Louis at 6.50pm on TCM. On Monday Rupert Everett stars alongside Kathy Bates inUnconditional Love on Film4 at 6.45pm and X-Men is trotted out again on Screen 1 at 8. The gorgeous and under-used Roddy MacDowell stars in It at 11.25pm TCM Tuesday. Lesbian passion in India in Fire at 4pm Thursday onIndie. X-Men yet again on Modern Greats at 8pm Friday and hippy students go bi in Paris in Bertolucci’s The Dreamers on Film4 at 12.55.

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 10th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops. 65 and 78
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 is still in north Northumberland
BBC Radio 4 - 10.30: Robin Hood and the Cuban Revolutionaries. Or how Errol Flynn got along with Che Guevara
BBC Radio 4 - 12.30pm: The News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig presents
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour
BBC Radio 4 - 5.30: The Bottom Line. Evan Davis
BBC Radio 4 - 8: Archives on 4: When Bailey Met Warhol. New York meets East End in 1973
BBC Radio 7 - 7.30pm: Daphne du Maurier – Frenchman’s Creek

Sunday 11th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Elaine Page. With a Bit of Lion King with Elton
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
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 7 - 7.30pm: The Frankie Howerd Show
BBC Radio 4 - 10: The News Quiz

Tuesday 13th
BBC Radio 2 - 10.30pm: Le Chanson de Serge – The Serge Gainsbourg Story. Malcolm McLaren presents. LGBT content unknown
BBC Radio 4 - 9am: The Choice, Michael Buerk interviews Stuart Howarth, who killed his own stepfather after years of child abuse
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30pm: A Good Read. Gay Independent journalist Johann Hari joins a panel that discusses their favourite paperbacks

Wednesday 14th
BBC Radio 4 - 11.30am: Hut 33: Know Thine Enemy. Sitcom set in Bletchley Park in 1942. LGBT content unknown
BBC Radio 4 - 8pm: The Moral Maze. The cut-throat debate that often touches on LGBT issues returns

Thursday 15th
BBC Radio 2 - 11pm: Suzi Quatro. 70’s Country Music episode includes Anne Murray
BBC Radio 4 - 9am: In Our Time. Melvyn Bragg heads a discussion around the change from Elisabeth I to James I
BBC Radio 4 - 3pm: Ramblings. Clare Balding is still in Northumberland. Call the rescue services
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: The Bottom Line. Evan Davies
BBC Radio 4 - 11pm: Pick-ups. Comedy set in a Manchester cab firm. LGBT content unknown

Friday 16th
BBC Radio 2 - 7pm: Bassey!
BBC Radio 4 - 2.15: Afternoon Play: A Dose of Fame. A play that deals with E.M. Forster coming to terms with the fact that he was gay
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Last Word
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30: The News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig presents. Sue Perkins guests
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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