Saturday, October 31, 2009

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 31st October - 6th November

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!

C4’s back to back Come Dine with Me comes from Derby and is shown from 3.45-6.15 Saturday. Francis Bacon Night on BBC4 starts with a 2005 Arenaprofile on the artist at 9pm, has the man himself in never-seen-before archive clips on In His Own Words at 10.35 and follows with Love is the Devil (see films) at 11. What the Dickens at 8pm on Sky Arts 1 and Freddie Mercury at 9.55.
On Sunday Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive is repeated on Blighty at 10pm.
On Monday Benidorm is repeated on ITV2 at 10pm. On Wednesday BBC3 airs The Noughties: Was That It? which documents the decade and includes lots on civil partnerships. Rufus Wainwright is featured on Sky Arts1 at 4.35pm Thursday. Barry Manilow on Bio at 4pm. Friday’s Corrie at 7.30 is written by Jonathan Harvey. Brighton Beach Patrol on Five at 8 and Benidorm on ITV1 at 9. Why Benidorm? It’s a modern farce with a gay couple in it. They’re awful, but as in all good farces everyone else is too.

X Factor ITV1 Saturday and Sunday. The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm on Monday and midnight Tuesday on BBC1. Will and Grace at 9am andCome Dine with Me on Sunday on C4. Paul O’Grady Show every day at 5pm on C4. True Blood is on C4 on Wednesday at 10pm. Gok Wan on How to Look Good Naked C4 8pm Tuesday and Derren Brown at 11. Syed and Christian are still trying to find their way on Eastenders on BBC1 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8pm with an omnibus on Sunday at 1.25pm.

On Saturday BBC4’s Francis Bacon night winds up with Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon at 11pm. The true-life tragedy stars Derek Jacobi as Bacon and Daniel Craig as the burglar he seduces. X-Men Last Stand on E4 at 7.55. On Sunday there’s West Side Story on Screen 1 at 6.30am and Mamma Mia at 8pm on Family. On Tuesday St. Trinians is on Comedy at 8pm, with Rupert Everett as headmistress.

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 31st
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
BBC Radio 4 - 12.30pm: The News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig presents. Sue Perkins guests
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
BBC Radio 4 - 10.15: The Moral Maze. Bear pit that sometimes touches on LGBT issues
BBC Radio 4 - 12.30: Dilemmas of Modern Martyrs. Sabotage. Aftermath of a gay wedding

Sunday 1st
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: John Barrowman. Features La Cage aux Folles
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 - 10: The News Quiz

Tuesday 3rd
BBC Radio 4 - 9.30am: Parting Shots. Matthew Parris on diplomats and ambassadors

Wednesday 4th
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
BBC Radio 7 - 5.30pm: The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere. 1987 comedy features Tim Curry and Simon Callow

Thursday 5th
BBC Radio 4 - 1.30pm: Off the Page. Rhona Cameron discusses leaving your comfort zone
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 6th
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Last Word
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30: The News Quiz
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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