Words: Hugh Kaye
Growing up gay in the Sixties and Seventies was not, I can testify, not much fun. But it never got to the stage of being anyone being forcibly “cured”.
That is, however, what Eighties-born Garrard Conley’s memoir focuses on, and the film version, Boy Erased (Sky Movie Premiere, Sun 27 Oct, 8pm), is sometimes tough to watch, but I urge you to do so.
Brilliant performances by Lucas Hedges, as the Garrard-inspired character, Jared, and Nicole Kidman as his mum, rise above fellow star/director Joel Edgerton, who underplays his role a bit too much, but there is a nice cameo from Troye Sivan.
Elsewhere, there’s Love & Hate Crime (BBC1, Tues 29 Oct, 10.35pm) which looks at the crimes of gay teenager Abel Cedeno, who, claiming self-defence following years of homophobic bullying, stabbed a younger pupil to death at Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, in the New York borough of The Bronx in 2017.
Staying with serious topics, The World According to Vladimir Putin (C4, Weds 30 Oct, 10pm) looks at how Russian TV represents certain issues, including “Europe’s unhealthy homosexual tendencies.”
On a much lighter note, queer comedians are lining up to make you laugh in Pride Live at The Apollo (BBC2, Tues 29 Oct, 10pm). Among those taking to the stage are Tom Allen, Stephen K Amos and Julian Clary.
And with Halloween here, there’s another chance to see The Dead Room (BBC4, Thurs 31 Oct, 10pm), written by Mark Gatiss and starring Simon Callow.
Meanwhile, Ian McKellen is among the guests on The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, Fri, 1 Nov, 10.35pm) and Queer Eye’s grooming expert Jonathan van Ness pops up on The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV, Sat 26 Oct, 10.10pm).
And talking about Mr Van Ness, he joins the others as the Fab Five head to Tokyo as Netflix streams Queer Eye: We’re in Japan. The guys quickly discover their make-over magic doesn’t fit quite so easily on the other side of the world. Available from Friday 1 November.