Gays on TV: Your guide to the week's best LGBT TV and film

The first full week of 2020 is a big one on the box.


Words: Hugh Kaye

RuPaul’s domination of our psyche continues as he stars in the new Netflix drama AJ And The Queen, which is available from Friday 10 January.

He plays Ruby who has her savings stolen and takes to the road, performing at drag shows along the way, in an attempt to recoup her losses. Then, she meets a young orphan...

As if that wasn’t enough, Mama Ru can be seen once again on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK as it hits terrestrial TV (BBC1, Friday 10 Jan, 11.25pm).

Meanwhile, Attitude's Frebruary Travel issue cover star Todrick Hall joins the team captains for the second series of The Greatest Dancer (BBC1, Sat 4 Jan, 7pm). You can read the interview with him, including his thoughts on the show and his friendship with Taylor Swift.

Elsewhere, history is made on Dancing on Ice (ITV, Sun 5 Jan, 6pm) with the show’s first same-sex routine when Steps’ Ian H Watkins puts his skates on alongside Matt Evers.

On a more complex note, a sexually fluid new talent appears on the literary scene in JT LeRoy (Sky Movies Premiere, Tues, 7 Jan, 10pm). But not everything is as straightforward as it seems in this tale based on real life.

If you like your drama a bit bloodier, Colin Ireland is the subject of Real Crime (Pick, Mon 6 Jan, 10pm). Dubbed the 'Gay Slayer', he murdered five gay men between March and June 1993, sometimes for no better reason than a desire to become notorious.

On a lighter note, Alan Cumming is among the guests on The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, Fri 10 Jan, 10.35pm), while Culture Club and Soft Cell are among the acts on TOTP2: 80’s Special (BBC4, Sat 4 Jan, 11.05pm).