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

Here's what not to miss on the box this week

2018-10-26

Words: Hugh Kaye

Guests are the main theme of gay TV this week - in the absence of any truly earth-shattering shows.

You’ll find Robert Rinder out of his courtroom when he joins the panel of Have I Got News For You (BBC1, Friday 2 Nov, 9pm) to pass judgment (groan) on the latest headlines, and immediately afterwards, gay weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker - an Attitude cover star back in 2010 -- appears with the regular fibbers on Would I Lie to You? (BBC1, Fri 2 Nov, 9.30pm).

Before any of that, Sex and the City’s Mr Big, Chris Noth, looks like he’s up to no good in Doctor Who (BBC1, Sun 28 Oct, 7pm). Arachnophobes might want to hide behind the sofa.

Music fans should enjoy Ariane Grande at the BBC (BBC1, Thurs 1 Nov, 8pm). In this one-off special, the American songstress chats to Davina McCall about her life as well as performing songs from her new album Sweetner.

And going back a few decades, Marx Bolan: Cosmic Dancer (BBC4, Fri 2 Nov, 9pm) presents a profile of the bisexual glam rocker, who was killed shortly before his 30th birthday when the car he was travelling in hit a tree - he had never learnt to drive himself, worried that he would be involved in a fatal accident.

Oddity of the week has to be Anthony Perkins -- whose lovers included Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter and ballet superstar Rudolf Nureyev -- appearing in the 1979 sci-fi film The Black Hole (Sky Movies Disney, Fri 2 Nov, 10.15pm).

The film’s tagline was: “A journey that takes you where no man has been before.” Seems, we’ve heard that somewhere before…

Viewers figures for Butterfly (ITV, Sun 28 Oct, 9pm), which concludes this week, have been disappointing - just 2.8million people tuned in for the opening episode but you have to wonder if that says more about the general public - and the bigotry transgender people face every day --  than the drama itself.

Finally, there’s another chance to see Larry Grayson: Shut That Door! (ITV3, Tues 30 Oct, 8pm), a documentary looking at the camp entertainer’s rise to fame.

Definitely one to catch on Netflix is Beach Rats, starring the gorgeous Brit actor Harris Dickinson as a Brooklyn teenager who spends his time online looking for older lovers.

There’s also gay favourite Thelma & Louise, and you can pretend it’s not Brad Pitt’s arse you’re after, while Ronnie Coleman: The King presents a cautionary tale for those of you spending a bit too much time in the gym, and beware: Meat Eater is not what you might be hoping for!