Saturday, December 19, 2009

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 19th - 25th 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.
Christmas is a time when lesbigays and trans folks tend to be left out in the cold by the terrestrials. This year is no exception. There’s a sequel to The Naked Civil Servant, but that comes up next week.

Take That do a special of their Circus tour at 6.30pm ITV1 Saturday (repeated Sunday 2.20pm), followed by Ian McKellen among the Stars on the Street (Corrie) at 8.
Sunday’s Corrie Omnibus on ITV1 at 10.10am includes two episodes written by Jonathan Harvey in the last hour.
Best of Graham Norton on BBC1 at 10.35pm BBC1 Monday. Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings at 10pm BBC2. It’s LGBT interest is that Derek Jacobi has a part, but, well, it’s Victoria Wood isn’t it? Come Dine with Me Christmas on C4 at 8pm Monday and Tuesday.
Also on C4 Tuesday: Alan Carr Chatty Man Christmas Special at 10.20pm; his Celebrity Ding Dong Special from last year is repeated on E4 at 11.30pm. Alan Bennett on Bennett on BBC4 at 7.50pm. Sandi (Toksvig’s) Christmas Cracker on Sky Arts1 at 8pm (includes the London Gay Men's Chorus and many other surprise guests).
Come Dine with Me from Northampton Omnibus on C4 1.35pm Wednesday. QI XL on BBC2 at 11.10. Ballet Boyz interpret The Rite of Spring on BBC3 at 10pm. Old Celebrity Come Dine with Me with David Gest at 9 on More4. George Michael on Bio at 9.
The Tsarina’s Slippers by Tchaichovsky at 2.15pm BBC2 Thursday, or Christmas Eve if you prefer. Derek Jacobi in The Old Curiosity Shop on ITV1 at 3.15 (if you like gambling run a sweepstake on how many versions of A Christmas Carol there are over Christmas. It runs into double figures). Victoria Wood’s Midlife Christmas at 9pm BBC1 and QI at 10. Celebrity Come Dine with Me Christmas Special concludes at 10 on C4, followed by Alan Carr Chatty Man Christmas Special at 11.05 (yes, it was shown on Tuesday as well). Celebrity Shock List on Five (what’s the point in Five?) features George Michael and Stephen Gately.
Dr Who on Friday (Christmas Day) BBC1 at 6pm; the two parter that sees the end of David Tennant. QI is repeated on BBC2 at midnight. Five dedicates its evening to programmes about ABBA. Oh, that’s the point of Five! Alan Carr Chatty Man Christmas Special repeated at 9pm on E4.

C4’s Come Dine with Me on Saturday at 5.
Come Dine with Me on Sunday at 8pm on C4.
St Trinians 2 Premiere repeated on C4 at 10.30am and Ugly Betty at 10pm Monday.

Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs at 9.50pm on Modern Greats.
On Tuesday, X-Men at 2.35pm on Modern Greats.
Mamma Mia on Sky Movies Christmas (Goddess help us!) at 8pm Thursday and Four Weddings and a Funeral at 9 on Film4
Billy Elliot on Friday (Christmas day) on BBC3 at 9pm.

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 19th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops
BBC Radio 2 - 8: Paul Gambaccini US Hits
BBC Radio 4 - 10am: Excess Baggage. Sandi Toksvig presents.
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour
BBC Radio 4 - 6.15: Loose Ends. Boy George guests
BBC Radio 7 - 11pm: Eddie Izzard

Sunday 20th
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
BBC Radio 4 - 7.05am: Sunday. Religious programme that often deals with LGBT issues
BBC Radio 4 - 2.45pm: Joan Armatrading’s Favourite Choirs. London Bulgarian Choir
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30: Last Season of Innocence. Includes Carol Ann Duffy
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: Last Word. Includes an interview with Jan Morris

Monday 21st
BBC Radio 4 - 11.30pm: Take Two. Includes a discussion of Billie Holliday

Tuesday 22nd
BBC Radio 4 - 3.30pm: Scene of the Crime 1/2 Mystery by Stella Duffy
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30: Great Lives. Presented by Matthew Parris. Viv Stanshall
BBC Radio 7 - 7pm: The Navy Lark

Thursday: Christmas Eve
BBC Radio 2 - 12noon: Alan Carr’s Office Party
BBC Radio 2 - 7: Manilow Live in the Park

Friday: Christmas Day
BBC Radio 2 - 11am: Paul O’Grady
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: A Magic manilow Christmas
BBC Radio 4 - 11am: A Funny Sort of Sound. Julian Clary on comedy musical acts
BBC Radio 4 - 12.04pm: Loose Ends Best Bits. Includes Will Young among others
BBC Radio 4 - 7.15pm: Front Row. Alan Bennett guests
BBC Radio 4 - 9: The Friday Play: The Late Mr Shakespeare.
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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