Words: Hugh Kaye
Two years ago this month, Stephen Port was convicted of murder, rape and sexual assault, along with less serious charges. In total, he had 11 victims with four men, between the ages of 21 and 25 dying.
Port is serving a life sentence with a whole life order although it was announced in August that he has lodged an appeal against the murder convictions. And there are no fewer than three programmes this week looking at his crimes.
The first is Click for Murder (CBS Reality, Tues 20 Nov, 9pm) followed by 21st Century Serial Killers (Really, Weds 21 Nov, 10.35pm), and with Faking It: Tears of a Crime (Investigation Discovery, Fri 23 Nov, 10pm), we can hope there is something new to be said and a deeper look at the police failings in the case. Investigation Discovery can be found on Sky channel 154 and Virgin 170.
On a happily lighter note, Stephen Fry is one of the guests on the sofa in The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, Fri 23 Nov, 10.35pm). He’s joined by Joe Lycett, who is the host of a new daytime quiz show, The Time it Takes. In the past, the Brummie comedian has described himself as pansexual and bisexual. There’s also music from Take That.
The other highlights this week all have a transgender lilt. Eddie Redmayne garnered Oscar, Bafta and Golden Globe nominations for his role as 1920’s transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl (ITV3, Sun 18 Nov, 11pm). Co-star Alicia Vikander won the Academy Award for best supporting actress.
And Julie Hesmondhalgh, who won massive praise for her portrayal of transgender Hayley in Corrie, turns up as a sinister employee of a sort of intergalactic Amazon in Doctor Who (BBC1, Sun 18 Nov, 6.30pm).
Last but by no means least is Trans Kids: Time to Talk (C4, Weds 21 Nov, 10pm) in which psychotherapist Stella O’Malley speaks to young people who are embarking on gender transition.
She also muses about how different her own life might have been had some of the options available today been on offer when she was a child questioning her gender identity.
For our lesbian readers, Loving Annabelle can be seen on Netflix. The story focuses on the feelings between a girl at a Catholic school and one of her teachers, and in a more gritty tale, Death in Buenos Aires, an Argentinian detective investigating the death a wealthy gay man finds more than he bargains for when he meets the young policeman who discovered the body.
There’s also the documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which gives an intimate glimpse into the singer’s personal life, and you can still catch Tab Hunter Confidential, while Super Drags and Riverdale continue.