Saturday, January 16, 2010

LGBT related Radio and TV Programmes, 16th - 22nd 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.

Beginning of a History of the World in 100 Objects on Radio 4 from the British Museum, this week. Check out the Radio Times, where Andrew Marr looks at Alexander the Great, Bettany Hughes The Warren Cup and Grayson Perry a Moche warrior. Is it me or is ITV getting heterosexist? Mr and Mrs? Take Me Out? It’s all looking rather exclusive to us.

Saturday there’s So You Think You Can Dance and Dale Winton does the Lottery from 6.30 on BBC1. The Legacy of Lawrence of Arabia on BBC2 at 8 is presented by former soldier and diplomat in Iraq Rory Stewart, who is now a prospective Tory candidate. Gay content unknown.
QI XL BBC2 11.15. Back to back Fry in America on Dave at 9 and The Thin Blue Line on Gold at 1am. Sky Arts1 airs Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema at 12.30am. Sinead O’Connor on Bio at 10.30pm.
The Big Questions is on BBC1 at 10am on Sunday. If it’s anything like last week’s you’d best have a lie-in. Glee starts on C4 at 5.35pm. It’s a high school musical comedy drama that could be interesting. Sinead O’Connor at 9.30am and Westlife at 2pm on Bio.
How to Look Good Naked-with a Difference on C4 with Gok Wan at 8pm Tuesday. QI on Dave 9pm. Thin Blue Line on Gold 11.15. Torchwood on Watch at 8, followed by Julian Clary on Who Do You Think You Are? at 9.
Another repeat of QI at 11.20pm on BBC2 Wednesday. Dr Who BBC3 at 7 (Thursday too).
Brothers and Sisters on More4 from 9pm Thursday.
On Friday there’s QI on BBC1 at 8.30pm and Alan Carr on Jonathan Ross at 10.35. Dr Who BBC3 at 8.10. QI on Dave 9.40.
QI on Friday BBC1 8.30pm. Sue Perkins on Have I Got Old News for You at 10 BBC2. More old Dr Who on BBC3.

Come Dine with Me at 4.10 on C4 and QI XL 9.25 BBC2 Saturday. Dr Who/Torchwood back to back on Watch from 8.
C4 airs Will and Grace every morning at 8.55am. Come Dine with Me weekdays 5.25pm on C4 and at 9pm Monday More4. Also onMonday, more Glee on E4 at 9pm.

X-Men on Family 11.25pm Saturday (and 11.40 Friday).
West Side Story at 11.45am Screen One Sunday. Gypsy at 6.45am TCM.
Mamma Mia! Monday 8.20pm Family.
Classics trots Ben Hur out again at 8pm 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 16th
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 - 12.30pm: News Quiz. Sandi Toksvig
BBC Radio 4 - 1.10: Any Questions. Ben Bradshaw is on the panel
BBC Radio 4 - 4pm: Weekend Woman’s Hour

Sunday 17th
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: Just a Minute. Chris Neill guests
BBC Radio 4 - 8.30: Last Word
BBC Radio 7 - 10.30: News Quiz

Monday 18th
BBC Radio 2 - 9.30: Ken Bruce. Holly Johnson picks his favourite tunes at 11.30
BBC Radio 4 - 9: The Vox Project. 3/3 Clare Balding on the human voice

Tuesday 19th
BBC Radio 2 - 9.30: Ken Bruce. Holly Johnson picks his favourite tunes at 11.30
BBC Radio 2 - 10.30pm: David Puttnam’s Century of Cinema
BBC Radio 4 - 3.45pm: Lost, Stolen or Shredded. The Lost Career of Charles Rennie MacKintosh
BBC Radio 4 - 4.30: Great Lives. David Bailey discusses Picasso with Matthew Parris

Wednesday 20th
BBC Radio 2 - 9.30: Ken Bruce. Holly Johnson picks his favourite tunes at 11.30
BBC Radio 7 - 11pm: Eddie Izzard the Definite Article

Thursday 21st
BBC Radio 2 - 9.30: Ken Bruce. Holly Johnson picks his favourite tunes at 11.30

Friday 22nd
BBC Radio 2 - 9.30: Ken Bruce. Holly Johnson picks his favourite tunes at 11.30
BBC Radio 4 - 2.15: Grace. By AC Grayling
BBC Radio 4 - 4: Last Word
BBC Radio 4 - 6.30: News Quiz. Presented by Sandi Toksvig. Sue Perkins on the panel
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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