Saturday, November 21, 2009

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 21st - 27th 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.

Cast Offs on Channel 4 Tuesday. Doing it for disability!

On Saturday morning Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers on BBC1 at 11.30. Shirley Bassey on Strictly at 6.50pm (She's all over the place this week) Celebrity Get Me Out of Here all week on ITV1 until they kick out if they keep that gay couple that do people's houses. Doctor Who and Torchwood on Watch at 8 and 9pm.
On Sunday there's Dame Kelly Holmes on The Variety Club Showbiz Awards at 3.35pm on 5. Sky Arts 1 has Hockney on Photography at 7pm, while there's Simon Callow's Classical Destinations on Sky Arts 2.
Monday's 8.30
helping of Corrie at 8.30 on ITV1 is a Jonathan Harvey edish, with camp vamp Carla flaring her nostrils and pouting her lips all over the Underworld. Ugly Betty at 10 on C4.John Barrowman guests on GMTV at 8.35 on Tuesday. Kristian Digby in a Sheffield semi (what is it with gay men and houses?) in Open House on BBC2 at 1.45pm. It's a kind of house selling meets speed dating thing and a gay bloke makes it chic. Shirley Bassey (again) singing songs including Rufus Wainright's at 10.35 on BBC1. Freddie Mercury on Sky Arts 1 at 5pm and John Waters at 11.

Thin Blue Line at 7.40pm and Gimme Gimme Gimme at 11.55 on Gold Wednesday.
New series (yes! New series!) of QI on BBC1 at 9.30pm Thursday.
On Friday there's Will Young on GMTV from 6am. Susan Sarandon guests on Paul O'Grady at 5. Sky Arts 1 has Andy Warhol's Factory People at 7 and Freddie Mercury at 8 and midnight. Rock Hudson on Bio at noon.

C4's Come Dine with Me on Saturday at 4. X Factor ITV1 Saturday and Sunday. The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm on Monday and 11.55 Tuesday on BBC1.
BBC1's The Big Questions on Sunday at 10am often features LGBT issues. No Stephen K Amos last week though he was billed. Come Dine with Me on Sunday at 8pm on C4.
Frasier at 8am, Will and Grace at 9am and Ugly Betty at 11, plus the Paul O'Grady Show every day at 5pm on C4. Gok Wan on How to Look Good Naked C4 8pm Tuesday. True Blood on Wednesday C4 at 10pm. The Restaurant at 8pm on Thursday BBC2 (if you like watching people break down and cry in front of Raymond Blanc). Alan Carr Chatty Man at 10pm on C4. Beautiful People at 9.30 on BBC2 Friday.

Monday on Classics at 11.10pm there's Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Two gay icons Bette Davis and Joan Collins in one of the sickest films ever made. Bright Young Things, adapted from Waugh and directed by Stephen Fry at 1.35pm Tuesday night on Film4. Carry on Dick on C4 terrestrial at 1.40pm Wednesday. 80s gay classic My Beautiful Laundrette on Film4 1am Thursday night. Boys Don't Cry on More4 at 10pm 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 21st
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Dale Winton's Pick of the Pops
BBC Radio 2 - 6: Going Out with Alan Carr
BBC Radio 2 - 8: Paul Gambaccini US Hits
BBC Radio 4 - 12.30pm: The News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig presents.
BBC Radio 4 - 2.30: Saturday Play: The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial. In 1925 Tennessee tried to outlaw the teaching of Darwin
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman's Hour
BBC Radio 4 - 5.30: The Bottom Line. Evan Davis
BBC Radio 4 - 6.15: Loose Ends
BBC Radio 4 - 10.15: The Moral Maze. Bear pit that sometimes touches on LGBT issues

Sunday 22nd
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Elaine Page. Features Priscilla
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

Monday 23rd
BBC Radio 7 - 11am & 9pm: EM Forster's Where Angels Fear to Tread

Tuesday 24th
BBC Radio 2 - 10.30: I Will Not Let You Go. The story of Bohemian Rhapsody
BBC Radio 7 - 11am & 9pm: EM Forster's Where Angels Fear to Tread

Wednesday 25th
BBC Radio 4 - 8pm: The Moral Maze. The cut-throat debate that often touches on LGBT issues returns
BBC Radio 7 - 11am & 9pm: EM Forster's Where Angels Fear to Tread

Thursday 26th
BBC Radio 2 - 10.30: Alan Carr's Comedy Outings
BBC Radio 4 - 1.30pm: Off The Page. Pub closures. Features Simon Fanshaw
BBC Radio 4 - 3.30: An Important Passenger. Part 3 of a fantasy drama. Noel Coward is one of several artists stuck on a train
BBC Radio 7 - 11am & 9pm: EM Forster's Where Angels Fear to Tread

Friday 27th
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Last Word
6 Music - 7pm: Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 - 7pm: Stop Messing about
BBC Radio 7 - 11am & 9pm: EM Forsters Where Angels Fear to Tread
BBC Radio 7 - 11.30: The 99p Challenge. Presented by Sue Perkins

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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