Saturday, October 24, 2009

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 24th - 30th 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: Emmerdale is running a story about a woman faking domestic abuse to seek attention. You might like to complain to ITV1. In the past Emmerdale has had a major lesbian character: Zoe. She came out, chucked her girlfriend, went mad, turned into a nymphomaniac and conceived a baby in the back of a car with the local thug, lived with him for a while and then fled with the baby to Brazil. Yeah, like you do! And according to Nick Griffin on Question Time, the BNP is the friend of the homosexual. Yeah, right!

Dame Shirley Bassey on Electric Proms BBC2 10.40pm Saturday. Boy George on Jonathan Ross on BBC1 12.45am Saturday. The Real Cabaret on BBC4 on Sunday at 9pm features Alan Cumming.
What the Dickens? on Sky Arts 1 at 8.30pm Monday. Miriam Margolyes guests with Alan Titchmarsh ITV1 at 3pmon Tuesday. Evan Davis meets Warren Buffett the World’s Greatest Money Maker on BBC2 11.20 Tuesday, but there is no gay content. Clare Balding guests on the panel game show It’s Only a Theory on BBC4 at 10pm Tuesday. The Ballet Boyz on Dance at 8pm Sky Arts 2.
Francis Bacon on Sky Arts 1 8pm Wednesday.
There’s usually a same sex couple trying to open a restaurant with Raymond Blanc in The Restaurant on BBC2 8pm Thursday. Graham Norton Show with Paul O’Grady at 11.40pm on Dave Thursday.

X Factor ITV1 Saturday and Sunday. The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm on Monday and 11.45pm Tuesday onBBC1. LGBT issues are often debated in The Big Questions on BBC1 at 10am Sunday. Will and Grace at 9am andCome Dine with Me on Saturday and Sunday on C4. Paul O’Grady Show every day at 5pm on C4. Gok Wan onHow to Look Good Naked C4 8pm Tuesday and Derren Brown at 10.40. Benidorm on ITV1 at 9pm Friday. The gay story line is going on in Eastenders on BBC1 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8pm with an omnibus on Sunday at 1.25pm.

Five airs A Passage to India from the Forster novel at 2.10pm Saturday. X-Men on Modern Greats at 6.10pm andO Lucky Man on TCM at 12.50am.
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? on Classics 9pm Sunday. Forget Psycho, Texas Chain Saw, Exorcist and Funny Games; this is the sickest film ever made. Mamma Mia on Tuesday Comedy 8pm. Late Night Shopping Film4 at 1.05am Wednesday. On Thursday there’s St. Trinians on Comedy at 9.35pmand Vera Drake on Film4 at 10.50. For Bette Davis fans there’s All about Eve on Film4 at 2.15pm 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 24th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops
BBC Radio 2 - 6: Going Out with Alan Carr
BBC Radio 2 - 9.15: Paul Gambaccini US Hits. Smokey Robinson Special
BBC Radio 4 - 6.07am: Ramblings. Clare Balding is still in north Northumberland, plodging in the clarts and rolling her ‘r’s
BBC Radio 4 - 10.30: The Grand Masquerade. On an enigma created by Kit Williams
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 - 9: Howard’s End. Dramatisation of the E M Forster classic

Sunday 25th
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
BBC Radio 4 - 7.05am: Sunday. Religious programme that often deals with LGBT issues
BBC Radio 4 - 3pm: Howard’s End. As Saturday
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: Last Word. Weekly obituary that has included LGBT figures in the past
BBC Radio 7 - 10: The News Quiz

Tuesday 27th
BBC Radio 4 - 9.30am: Parting Shots. Matthew Parris on diplomats and ambassadors

Wednesday 28th
BBC Radio 4 - 11.30am: Hut 33: Back to Your Post. Sitcom set in Bletchley Park in 1942.
BBC Radio 4 - 8pm: The Moral Maze. The cut-throat debate that often touches on LGBT issues returns

Thursday 29th
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 30th
BBC Radio 2 - 9.15pm: Brief Encounter. Special performance from the Coward based Lean production
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 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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