Saturday, December 26, 2009

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 26th December- 1st January

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.
Biggie of the week is An Englishman in New York; the sequel to the Naked Civil Servant on ITV1 December 28th. The original was shown 34 years ago.

Celebrity Come Dine with Me is repeated on C4 4.05 Saturday. It’s the one with Nicky Clarke. Matthew Bourne’s dance drama The Car Man is at 10pm on More4, followed by Eddie Izzard: Dressed to Kill at 11.45
Sunday’s Celebrity Mastermind on BBC1 at 7.30pm includes Paul O’Grady. Christmas Eve’s QI is repeated on BBC2 at 12.35 am. BBC3’s Family Guy at 11.30pm sees Peter take part in a medical experiment which has the side effect of turning him gay. On BBC4, Orson Welles over Europe at 9.30pm is presented and narrated by Simon Callow.
Mamma Mia: Where Did it All Go Right? and The Abba Years on Five from 7pm. Also on Five at 11.50pm is the Bourne Identity: The True Story. Sandi’s Christmas Cracker at 10.15am on Sky Arts1.
On Monday: Corrie’s Anthony Cotton on All Star Family Fortunes Celebrity Special on ITV1 at 10.25am. John Hurt revives the role of Quentin Crisp, Britain’s most famous and outspoken queen and plays him in his twilight years (there were many of them!) in An Englishman in New York on ITV1 at 9pm. Morrissey at 8am on SkyArts1
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.
Tuesday: BBC2 repeats an Ab Fab with the title ‘Gay’ as part of the June Whitfield tribute evening at 10pm, followed by the inevitable repeat of QI at 10.55. C4 airs Will and Grace every morning at 7.45 and Come Dine with Me Omnibuses from 3.05- 4.10 and 4.55-6pm every weekday through to Thursday. Alan Carr Chatty Man Christmas Special at 10.20pm; Elton John on Sky Arts1 at 2pm.
On Wednesday: Freddie Mercury on Bio at 11pm. Graham Norton in Who Do You Think You Are? on Blighty at 6pm.
Thursday, or New Year’s Eve if you prefer: Ian McKellen amongst others on his role as a voice over in The Magic Roundabout at 9.55am on BBC1. Graham Norton’s New Year’s Eve Show at 10.40 guests Joan Rivers. Corrie at 8.30 is written by Jonathan Harvey. Alan Carr: Chatty Man’s New Year’s Special is repeated at 10pm on E4.
Dr Who on Friday (NYD) BBC1 at 12.55pm; repeat of the first of the two-parter that sees the end of David Tennant. QI at 9.30am. C4’s Come Dine with Me at 5pm, with an Omnibus at 6.10pm on More4. Also at 6.10pm and then at 7.55, as a climax to a long storyline comprising blackmail, Syed is outed by his lover Christian on his wedding day on Eastenders on BBC1.

On Saturday, X-Men on Film4 at 9pm. At the same time the glorious Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is on TCM.
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure at 11.45pm Family Sunday.
Jodie Foster plays the eponymous feisty Anna in Anna and the King on C4 at 12.25pm Monday.
On Tuesday, the legendary James Dean in East of Eden on Classics at 9pm.
Mamma Mia on Family at 8pm Wednesday.
X-Men day on Thursday; with the original on Modern Greats at 6.40pm and Last Stand at 9pm Film4.
NYD Friday Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls on E4 at 9pm and St Trinians on Family 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 26th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Dale Winton’s Pick of the Pops
BBC Radio 2 - 3: Paul Gambaccini interviews Sting
BBC Radio 4 - 10am: Excess Baggage. Sandi Toksvig presents.
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour
BBC Radio 7 - 11pm: The Happy Prince, by Oscar Wilde

Sunday 27th
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Elaine Page. Alan Cumming amongst others
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
BBC Radio 4 - 7.05am: Sunday. Religious programme that often deals with LGBT issues
BBC Radio 4 - 8.15: Sunday Worship: A suite of carols by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and composer Sasha Johnson Manning.
BBC Radio 4 - 9.00: Broadcasting House: Interview with Carol Ann Duffy who is named Culture Figure of the Year by the programme. Christopher Biggins reviews the papers.
BBC Radio 4 - 2.45pm: Joan Armatrading’s Favourite Choirs. London Bulgarian Choir

Monday 28th
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Barbra Streisand: the Way I Am. Interviewed by Paul Gambaccini
BBC Radio 2 - 7pm: Electric Proms with Dame Shirley Bassey
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30pm: The Unbelievable Truth New Year Special. Stephen Fry guests

Tuesday 29th
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Who on Who. David Tennant interviews Russell T. Davies. David Tennant is on every TV and radio programme this week; or it seems that way.
BBC Radio 4 - 3.30: Bright Young Things

Wednesday 30th
BBC Radio 4 - 3.30: Bright Young Things

Thursday: NYE
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: The Beatles: Here, There and Everywhere. Paul Gambaccini on their appeal
BBC Radio 2 - 6: Abba
BBC Radio 4 - 3.30: Bright Young Things

Friday: NYD
BBC Radio 2 - 2pm: The Great British Songbook of the Noughties. Alan Carr among the talkers and Will Young among the singers
BBC Radio 2 - 7.30pm: Ella, Aretha, Dusty and Me
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Last Word
BBC Radio 7 - 7pm: Stop Messing About!
BBC Radio 7 - 7.30: At Home with Hinge and Bracket

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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