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

Here's what not to miss on the box over the next seven days.


Words: Hugh Kaye

Both Alan Turing and David Bowie have made it through the rounds to feature in Icons: Live Final (BBC2, Tues 5 Feb, 9pm).

Heaven forbid we tell you who to vote as over-all winner but I will put a curse on you if you don’t back the man who saved millions of lives in WWII and was then hounded by the Establishment for being gay! Happily, the Evil Witch of Finchley didn’t make it…

A moving and disturbing episode of The Eighties (Sky Arts, Tue 5 Feb, 7pm) should be compulsory viewing.


Find out just how lives were sacrificed by inept, uncaring politicians as a new illness swept through America’s LGBT communities, then across the globe, while doctors struggled to understand what would become known as HIV and Aids.

And some people still think Ronald Reagan was the greatest president ever…

Elsewhere, doctors prepare to perform the gender confirmation surgery in Jazz (TLC, Mon 4 Feb 9pm).

In a poor week for LGBT programmes, there’s another chance to see The Double Life of George Michael (C5, Fri 8 Feb, 10pm), which focuses on the singer’s final years and contrasts the problems in his private life with his public persona.

This is immediately followed by a repeat showing of The Nation’s Favourite George Michael Song (C5, Sat 9 Feb 12.05am). Will yours be in there? If 'Last Christmas' wins, I’m throwing the telly out the window!

There are a few good documentaries streaming on Netflix this week. Try, Who The F**k Is That Guy? which looks at gay record executive Michael Alago who signed a number of top acts that you might not immediately link to LGBT life, such as Metallica.

There’s also Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall, which follows the former Attitude cover star, and internet sensation, as he launches a musical based on growing up gay in Texas. *shudders*

Finally, if you haven’t seen it yet, catch Growing Up Coy, as cameras film one family who are fighting for the rights of their transgender daughter.