Words: Hugh Kaye
The new year gets off to a flying start with the film version of Kinky Boots (BBC1, Tues 1 Jan, 1.30am).
For the few of you who don’t know the story: a shoe-factory is saved from ruin by a drag queen. Joel Edgerton stars alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor.
If you think you might struggle to stay up for that late (lightweights!), you can see in 2019 in the company of Nile Rodgers, Marc Almond and Jess Glynne, who are among the guests on Jools’ Annual Hootenanny (BBC2, Mon 30 Dec, 11.15pm).
Elsewhere this week, Joe Lycett pops up in the one-off Big Fat Quiz of Everything (C4, Fri 4 Jan, 9pm). The pansexual comedian seems to be everywhere at the moment. Sandi Toksvig is among the other guests.
Another one-off show is Graham Norton’s Good Story Guide (BBC1, Fri 4 Jan, 10.35pm), in which the host goes behind the scenes of his chat show.
Finally, there’s a chance to catch an early performance by Russell Tovey in The History Boys (BBC2, Sat 5 Jan, 12.20am). The film, based on a play by Alan Bennett, focuses on a group of school pupils taking the entrance exam for Oxford and Cambridge. Dominic Cooper and James Corden also star.
For something far more gritty, try My Brother Nikhil which is streaming on Netflix. Said to be based on a true story, this film centres on a successful young swimmer whose life falls apart after he is diagnosed HIV+.
If that doesn’t sound fun enough, the streaming service is also offering Look at Huh - one of the craziest talks shows you’re likely to see - and Sex Education, starring Asa Butterfield as a sort of schoolboy therapist, with Ncuti Gatwa as a gay fellow pupil.
Back on a darker theme, there’s Eyewitness, which centres on a young gay couple who live in fear of being outed in their small town but then witness a triple murder. Tyler Young and James Paxton play the lovers.