Words: Hugh Kaye
It’s been a barren few weeks for good LGBTQ telly and although this one is hardly vintage, there are a few programmes worth checking out.
Two of those are new gameshows: Love Connection (W, Weds 1 May, 9pm) is a reboot of the dating show but now hosted by former Attitude cover star Andy Cohen. Given that he’s hardly the shy, retiring type, this could be fun.
Another “chatty” man presents There’s Something About Movies (Sky One, Thurs 2 May, 9pm). Alan Carr hosts what is described as a cinema-based comedy panel show, which promises star names and lots of gossip.
Talking of comedy, Will & Grace’s Megan Mullally, a long-time ally of the LGBTQ community, is the focus of Who Do You Think You Are? USA (W, Thurs 2 May, 9pm). But she’s not the only one worth watching because Laverne Cox traces her family history too (W, Weds 1 May, 11.59pm).
She has chalked up so many firsts – the first transgender person to be nominated for a prime-time Emmy; the first transgender person to have a waxwork image at Madame Tussauds – that it should be very exciting to discover her roots.
A lesser-known story surrounds Polish-born, 18th-century general, Kazimierz Pulaski. He travelled to American to help in the fight for independence and ended up saving the life of George Washington, who became the first president of the USA.
But, as America’s Hidden Stories (Smithsonian, Tues 30 April, 2pm) reveals, DNA tests show the man who came to be called the Father of the American Cavalry, might well have been intersex. Smithsonian can be found on Sky channel 195, Virgin 295 and Freeview 99.
Elsewhere, Pose (BBC2, Thurs 2 May, 9pm) reaches its penultimate episode as Stan and Angel strive to have a proper relationship while Bianca discovers what Lil Papi is doing. Series two is due to start in the USA in June.
You can also catch our June issue cover star Taron Egerton on the sofa of The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, Fri 3 May, 10.35pm) presumably talking about playing Elton John in Rocketman. He’s joined by Kylie, and Michael Rice, who will be performing the UK’s Eurovision entry 'Bigger Than Us'.
With music in the air, and if you’ve seen the West End hit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie - or are just wondering what all the fuss is about - there’s another chance to see Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 (BBC1, Tues 30 Apr, 11.25pm) in which Jamie Campbell shares his dream of going to his school prom in drag.
For something a little bit stranger, try Bonding, which is streaming on Netflix. The raunchy comedy revolves around a dominatrix in New York City who enlists her gay best friend from high school to be her assistant. He’s played by Brendan Scannell, who was in the Heathers reboot last year.
And if, like the whole Attitude team, you can’t wait for the return of Tales of the City (set to premiere on Netflix on 7 June), try The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, also on the streaming service.