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

2018-12-07

Words: Hugh Kaye 

Christmas is coming … and the gays are getting forgotten. There’s precious little LGBT+ telly this week but there is one milestone to enjoy.

A cross-over story in three parts starts in The Flash (Sky One, Thurs 13 Dec, 8pm) with Central City’s Barry Allen joined by a host of other DC crime-fighters – including the first outing (no pun intended) for the latest incarnation of Batwoman.

 

Played by gender-fluid Ruby Rose, she is the first openly gay super-hero but quite where she fits into a story where the speedster and Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow, find themselves in each other’s body, isn’t clear yet.

 

The story, called 'Elseworlds', continues in upcoming episodes of Arrow and Supergirl, while Batwoman gets here own series next year.

In days gone by, one of the clichés about gay men was that we all loved musical theatre; there’s even a smile-worthy reference to it in the Doctor Who episode 'Daleks in Manhattan'.

 

I can’t say I’ve ever fully fitted into this category but for those of you who do, there’s the first of a three-part series The Sound of Movie Musicals with Neil Brand (BBC4, Fri 14 Dec, 9pm) in which the composer and musician looks back at 100 years of show tunes.

If it includes anything from Oliver! however, I may have to review the situation...

Elsewhere, the course of true love is certainly not running smoothly for Dom (David Ames) and Lofty (Lee Mead) in Holby City (BBC1, Tues 11 Dec, 8pm).

Last week their big day was put on hold and now Dom’s very public show of affection doesn’t have the effect he is hoping for. This episode airs at 10.45pm in Scotland.

And, err, that’s all folks! Except for Little Mix’s appearance on The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, Fri 14 Dec, 10.35pm).

If you like your queens to be dramatic, try Netflix’s Cherry Pop. It focuses on one night at a bar’s drag show where the headline star is in a huff and refuses to come out of her dressing room while a newcomer is hiding something from her fellow performers.

And in the dark comedy Eastsiders, find out what effect infidelity has on a gay’s couple’s relationship.

 

More moral darkness abounds in I Am Happiness on Earth, which focuses on the passion between a self-destructive documentary film director and a sensitive dancer.