Saturday, December 5, 2009

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 5th - 11th December

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.

Being Alan Bennett at 9.30pm on BBC2 Saturday. 50 Greatest Comedy Films on E4 at 9.30pm is presented by Stephen Fry.
Fern Britton Meets… on BBC1 at 10am Sunday guests Desmond Tutu. The South Bank Show on ITV1 at 11.20 features Carol Anne Duffy. BBC4 devotes its evening to Alan Bennett.
Madonna guests on GMTV Monday ITV1 (Part 2 Tuesday). The Graham Norton Show at 10.35 (repeated Tuesday 11.55). Kristian Digby in Open House on BBC2 at 1.45pm. BBC2 also repeats last Thursday’s QI at 10, while C4 is airing Ugly Betty.
On Tuesday there’s Boy George on The Alan Titchmarch Show on ITV at 3pm. A Woman of No Importance by Alan Bennett on BBC4 at 10.40. A Cream Cracker with the late Thora Hird on BBC4 10.10pm Wednesday.
Ronan Keating on This Morning at 10.30 on ITV1, plus QI on BBC1 at 9.30pm Thursday. What the Dickens? at 10.05pm Sky Arts 1.
On Friday C4 repeats The Boy Who Was Born a Girl at 7.30pm and Eddie Izzard is on More4 at 11.15pm .

C4’s Come Dine with Me on Saturday at 4. Doctor Who and Torchwood on Watch at 8 and 9pm. X Factor ITV1 Saturday and Sunday.
Come Dine with Me on Sunday at 8pm on C4.
Will and Grace at 9am and the Paul O’Grady Show every day at 5pm on C4. True Blood on Wednesday C4 at 10pm. The Restaurant at 8pm on Thursday BBC2. Alan Carr Chatty Man at 10pm on C4. Beautiful People at 10pm on BBC2 Friday.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? on Classics at 8pm Saturday. Monday on Classics at 11.10pm there’s James Dean in East of Eden. Mamma Mia on Family at 8pm Tuesday.

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 5th
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 3 - 6pm: Tchaichovsky: The Tsarina’s Slippers
BBC Radio 4 - 10am: Excess Baggage. Sandi Toksvig presents.
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour
BBC Radio 4 - 6.15: Loose Ends

Sunday 6th
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
BBC Radio 3 - 10.15: Words and Music. Includes poetry by Sassoon and Walt Whitman
BBC Radio 4 - 7.05am: Sunday. Religious programme that often deals with LGBT issues
BBC Radio 4 - 2.45pm: Joan Armatrading’s Favourite Choirs. Warrington Male Voice
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: Last Word. Weekly obituary that has included LGBT figures in the past

Monday 7th
BBC Radio 4 - 9am: Start the Week. Andrew Marr discusses Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex
BBC Radio 7 - 6.30pm: Daphne du Maurier’s The House on the Strand

Tuesday 8th
BBC Radio 4 - 1.30pm: Tales from the Stave. Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30: Great Lives. Presented by Matthew Parris
BBC Radio 7 - 6.30pm: Daphne du Maurier’s The House on the Strand

Wednesday 9th
BBC Radio 4 - 11am: In Living Memory. The Mapplethorpe Affair. An apposite recall of the attempts to burn the books of the US photographer
BBC Radio 4 - 8pm: The Moral Maze. The cut-throat debate that often touches on LGBT issues returns
BBC Radio 7 - 6.30pm: Daphne du Maurier’s The House on the Strand

Thursday 10th
BBC Radio 2 - 10.30: Alan Carr’s Comedy Outings
BBC Radio 7 - 6.30pm: Daphne du Maurier’s The House on the Strand

Friday 11th
BBC Radio 4 - 2.15: Afternoon Play: Number 10; A Failed State. Final part of a series starring Anthony Sher as PM
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Last Word
6 Music - 7pm: Tom Robinson
BBC Radio 7 - 6.30pm: Daphne du Maurier’s The House on the Strand
BBC Radio 7 - 7pm: Stop Messing about
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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