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

It's Eurovision weekend! Who is going to take the crown?


Words: Hugh Kaye

After 12 seasons (and presumably millions of dollars), Jim Parsons and the rest of the gang take a final bow in The Big Bang Theory (E4, Thurs 23 May, 8pm). It’s an hour-long episode but it’s anyone’s guess whether they go out with, err, a bang (groan).

Rather more predictable is that Dom is in for a nasty surprise when his violent ex arrives at the hospital in Holby City (BBC1, Tues 21 May, 8pm).

Isaac, who went to prison after his abusive behaviour came to light, is played by Marc Elliott, best-remembered as John Partridge’s boyfriend in EastEnders.

Another ex is also out to make trouble in Years and Years (BBC1, Tues 21 May, 9pm). In episode two, the action has jumped to 2025 and although Daniel is happy with Viktor, the housing officer’s former husband Ralph is out for revenge.

At least the battles in the Eurovision Song Contest (BBC1, Sat 18 May, 8pm) will only be of the vocal kind. Join Graham Norton to see if Michael Rice can end the UK’s 22-year wait for success.

The presenter will be back home in time for The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, Fri 24 May, 10.35pm) when his guests include some of the stars of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is due to open in the UK on 7 June.

On an odder note, there’s Swimming Through the Seasons: The Hampstead Ponds (BBC4, Mon 20 May, 9pm). Presumably this documentary will include the men’s and nude sun-bathing areas: a favourite spot from the gays. Been there, done that!

Finally, there’s a treat in store for our lesbian readers with the start of fact-based period drama Gentleman Jack (BBC1, Sun 19 May, 9pm).

Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones plays a 19th-century landowner who conducts a series of intense romances, including with a wealthy heiress played by the Bodyguard’s Sophie Rundle.

Meanwhile, Netflix is streaming The Happy Prince, with Rupert Everett portraying Oscar Wilde during the last years of his life. Colon Morgan plays his love interest, Bosie. There’s also time to catch up with Sex Education, Special, The OA and, of course Drag Race Untucked.