Saturday, January 2, 2010

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 2nd - 8th 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.

Saturday’s about people rather than content. Clare Balding interviews disgraced jockey Kieren Fallon at 1 on BBC1; Kristian Digby is a guest on Hole in the Wall and Stephen Fry hosts QI XL on BBC2 at 10.20pm. Review of Dr Who’s Greatest Moments on BBC3 at 7pm. Whole evening of Come Dine with Me on Discovery Real Time. Ingenious on CBBC at 3pm is written by Jeanette Winterson (no LGBT content though). Elton John on Bio at 11pm.
The Big Questions is back on BBC1 on Sunday with Independent journalist Johann Hari as a guest. NYD’s Dr Who is repeated on BBC1 at 3.40pm. There’ll probably be an LGBT bod on Celebrity Big Bro, which launches on C4 at 9pm, although we know it won’t be Boy George. Sandi’s Christmas Cracker repeated on Sky Arts1 at 11am. Elton John on Bio at 11am and 5pm, and Montgomery Clift at 10pm.
Montgomery Clift
at 10am and 4pm on Bio Monday.
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. Alan Carr Chatty Man Christmas Special at 10.20pm; Elton John on Sky Arts1 at 2pm.
Actors from Torchwood out-cook each other on Celebrity Ready Steady Cook on BBC2 at 4.30pm Friday. Sandi Toksvig guests on QI on BBC1 at 8.30.
True Blood has moved. Series 2 starts on Friday on C4 at 12.10am (that's Saturday then).

C4 airs Will and Grace every morning at 9.30 and Come Dine with Me Omnibuses from 3.05- 4.10 and 4.55-6pm every weekday through to Friday.

Carry on Cleo on ITV3 at 8pm. Gyspy at 6pm on TCM (Rosalind Russell’s pushy mother inspired Tim Curry for his role as Frank N’Furter in The Rocky Horror Show.) X-Men on Modern Greats at 6.15pm and Mamma Mia at 8pm on Family.
Bette Davis as the sibling from Hell in the genuinely horrible Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? on Classics at Midnight Tuesday.
Rocky Horror Picture Show (“Come on Brad, do you want her to see you…like this!?”) on Indie at 6.10pm. Brideshead Revisited on Drama at 8pm & Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet at 3.45am on Screen 1.

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 2nd
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
BBC Radio 4 - 9am: Saturday Live. Pauline Collins picks the tunes
BBC Radio 4 - 10am: Excess Baggage. Sandi Toksvig presents.
BBC Radio 4 - 2.30: The Saturday Play. Private Lives by Noel Coward
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour
BBC Radio 4 - 8pm: Archive on 4: Carry on Britain. How it all started

Sunday 3rd
BBC Radio 2 - 1pm: Elaine Page
BBC Radio 2 - 5pm: Paul O’Grady
BBC Radio 4 - 7.05am: Sunday. Religious programme that often deals with LGBT issues
BBC Radio 4 - 12.04: The Unbelievable Truth New Year Special. With Stephen Fry
BBC Radio 4 - 2.45pm: Joan Armatrading’s Favourite Choirs. London Bulgarian Choir

Monday 4th
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30: Just a Minute. Julian Clary guests
BBC Radio 4 - 9: The Vox Project. 1/3 Clare Balding on the human voice

Tuesday 7th
BBC Radio 2 - 11.30pm: Elvis. Paul Gambaccini examines Presley’s bankability
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30: Great Lives. Christopher Biggins discusses Emperor Nero with Matthew Parris
BBC Radio 7 - 2.45pm: The Betjeman Letters

Friday 8th
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 - 9am: Desert Island Discs: opera director John Copley
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Last Word
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30: News Quiz. Presented by Sandi Toksvig
BBC Radio 4 - 8pm: Any Questions, featuring Simon Hughes MP
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 – Friday 3-5pm: Danny Baker. With Amy Lamé 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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