Words: Hugh Kaye
With the biopic proving a hit at the Golden Globes, the repeat showing of the 2016 documentary Freddie Mercury: A Bohemian Rhapsody (C5, Fri 18 Jan, 10.15pm) is timely.
It focuses on two major events in the Queen frontman’s life: the show-stealing performance at Live Aid in 1985, and his Aids diagnosis in 1987.
Another documentary worth watching is Icons (BBC2, Mon 14 Jan 9pm). The series looks at the lives of acclaimed figures of the 20th century, with a different category of excellence in each programme. Viewers have the opportunity to vote one from each episode will go forward to a “final”.
Here, the focus is on scientists and includes gay hero Alan Turing, the man credited with saving millions of lives in WWII after helping to crack the Nazis’ enigma code before being hounded for his sexuality. Getting voting!
More hounding can be found in Louis Theroux: America’s Most Hated Family in Crisis (W, Sun 13 Jan, 9pm) as the presenter catches up with members of the gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church.
The documentary is a follow up to Theroux’s first meeting with this charming group in 2007.
You can pretty much bet the WBC won’t be enjoy I am Jazz (TLC, Tue Mon 14 Jan, 9pm) as the transgender teen visits a psychic and is given a warning about her surgery.
On a much lighter note, Alan Carr plays Celebrity Send to All in Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC1, Weds 16 Jan, 11.15pm) and Ben Barnes stars as Oscar Wilde’s hedonistic sinner in Dorian Gray (Sony Movie Channel, Fri 18 Jan, 9pm).
Elsewhere, season two of Riverdale continues (5Star, Mon 14-Fri 18 Jan, 5pm). Will Kevin return to his cruising in the woods after his scare or will he try to persuade Moose to be open about his feelings?
Meanwhile, Netflix offers Emile Hirsch as an effeminate farm lad in The Mudge Boy, who seems to have bonded more with chickens than other people. The he meets Perry, played by Tom Guiry.
The streaming service is also the place to find The Iron Ladies 2, the sequel to the Thai comedy about a gay baseball team.