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

Here's what not to miss on the box this week.

2019-11-08

Words: Hugh Kaye

Five years before he portrayed Elton John in the Attitude-Award-winning Rocketman, Taron Egerton played gay in Testament of Youth (BBC2, Sun 10 Nov, 12.15am). Adapted from Vera Brittain’s best-selling memoir about World War I, the film is a sort of blend of romance with the horrors of trench warfare but there is a sub-plot.

Taron stars as Vera’s brother, who was gay. Rumours still surround the real-life Edward’s death in 1918 – many think he allowed himself to be killed because his sexuality had come to the attention of his superiors and he was facing a certain court-martial.

The airing is timed to coincide with Remembrance Sunday and for a more detailed look at the suffering of gay men during the 1914-18 conflict, read our in-depth piece here.

If you prefer your gay relationships to be more modern and less subtle, try God’s Own Country (Film4, Mon 11 Nov, 11.10pm). Set in the Yorkshire farming community, the film focuses on Johnny, played by Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles in The Crown) who tries to numb his frustrations with casual sexual encounters but all that changes with the arrival of Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe.

Elsewhere, World on Fire (BBC1, Sun 10 Nov, 9pm) comes to an end, with Webster (currrent Attitude cover star Brian J. Smith) and Albert’s romance looking doomed now that the Nazis have occupied Paris.

Let’s hope there’s going to be another series – more than four million people are engrossed in the tale but there has still been no official word from the Beeb. The good news is that writer Peter Bowker is hoping to have one series for each year of the conflict.

Music-wise, Erasure and Kylie both feature in Top of the Pops: 1988 (BBC4, Fri 15 Nov, 7.30pm), and the documentary David Bowie: Finding Fame (BBC4, Fri 15 Nov, 11pm) reaches its conclusion.

Long before he became one of Britain’s stately homos (and a national treasure), Stephen Fry was in A Bit of Fry & Laurie, which is streaming on Netflix. The pair were brilliant together but check out whether the humour has stood the test of time.

Also still available on the streaming service is Beach Rats, with Harris Dickinson as a teenager who finds himself torn between his macho friends and the older men he meets online, as well as The Happy Prince, starring Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde, and Colin Morgan as his lover Bosie.