Saturday, October 17, 2009

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 17th - 23rd 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.

X-Factor Live on ITV1 Saturday at 8pm and Antony and The Johnsons appear on C4 at 1.20am Saturday night. On Sunday there’s X-Factor results at7.45pm ITV1 and The South Bank Show features Lee Hall at 10.15pm. Simon Callow’s Destinations on Sky Arts 1 at 7pm (repeated on Sky Arts 2 Monday at 11.30am).
On Monday Jo Brand and Jackie Collins guest on The Graham Norton Show on BBC1 at 10.35 (repeated Tuesday 11.50pm) and C4 runs its documentary Age 8 and Wanting a Sex Change at 9pm, examining the issue of hormone blockers for gender variant children in the US. What the Dickens? on Sky Arts 1 at 8.30pm. Derren Brown messes up a few heads at 11.05 on C4 with Trick of the Mind. On BBC4 at 9pm Alan Cumming talks with Liza Minelli amongst others about what it was about in Berlin during the 1920s in The Real Cabaret at 9pm. The Ballet Boyz on Sky Arts 2 at 8pm. Vintage Graham Norton on Dave at11.40pm Thursday, while Robert Mapplethorpe features 1.05am Skay Arts 1. There’s a ghastly gay couple in the farcical Benidorm on ITV1 at 9pmFriday.

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. There is a black gay man and the vampires have "come out" in True Blood on C4 at 10pm Wednesday but it is a crock of s**t to be honest.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
on Indie Sunday at 10.40am and 8.15pm. Cabaret on BBC4 at 10.30pm Tuesday and Drew Barrymore in Firestarter onITV4 at 11.10pm. Rupert Everett camps it up as headmistress in St Trinians on Screen 1 at 10.10pm Wednesday. Mamma Mia on Screen 1 at 8pm 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 17th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops. 71 and 83
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. Call the rescue services.
BBC Radio 4 - 12.30pm: The News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig presents
BBC Radio 4 - 4: Weekend Woman’s Hour
BBC Radio 4 - 5.30: The Bottom Line. Evan Davis
BBC Radio 7 - 7.30pm: Daphne du Maurier – Frenchman’s Creek

Sunday 18th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: John Barrowman. Standing in for Elaine Page.
BBC Radio 2 - 5: Paul O’Grady
BBC Radio 4 - 6.06am: Something Understood: on bullying (rpt 11.30pm)
BBC Radio 4 - 7.05am: Sunday. Religious programme that often deals with LGBT issues
BBC Radio 4 - 10am: The Archers Omnibus - Ian has been the victim of a homophobic attack
BBC Radio 4 - 11.15am: Desert Island Discs: illustrator Jan Pienkowski
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30pm Last Word. Weekly obituary that has included LGBT figures in the past
BBC Radio 7 - 10pm: The News Quiz

Monday 19th
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30pm: Anaysis. Edward Stuorton on gay denier and Holocaust denier Ahmedinajad of Iran

Tuesday 20th
BBC Radio 4 - 9.30am: Parting Shots. Matthew Parris on British ambassadors

Wednesday 21st
BBC Radio 4 - 8pm: The Moral Maze. The cut-throat debate that often touches on LGBT issues returns
BBC Radio 4 - 1.30pm: The Media Show. Should mention the recent Internet storm around the Jan Moir article on Stephen Gately's death in the Daily Mail.

Thursday 22nd
BBC Radio 4 - 3pm: Ramblings. Clare Balding is still in Northumberland. I was there for 16 years!
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: The Bottom Line. Evan Davies

Friday 23rd
BBC Radio 2 - 7pm: Bassey! The Dame speaks of her gay fan base
BBC Radio 4 - 11am: Terry Nutkins in The Ring of Bright Water. In which author Gavin Maxwell’s homosexuality becomes an issue
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Last Word
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30: The News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig presents
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 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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