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

Here's what not to miss over the next seven days.

2018-09-28

Words: Hugh Kaye

Without question, the big TV event of the week is Robert & Aaron finally exchanging their vows in Emmerdale (ITV, Fri 5 Oct, 7pm). But this being soap-land, the nuptials are unlikely to go off without a minor hitch/death in the family/plane crashing on the village.

If a gay wedding isn’t camp enough for you, try Feud: Bette and Joan (BBC4, Sun 30 Oct, 10pm). The first two episodes of this repeated drama focus on the start of the rivalry between Hollywood superstars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

On a much more serious note, in George Shelley: Learning to Grieve (BBC1, Tues 2 Oct, 10.45pm), the gay singer draws on the experience of losing his sister - who died in a traffic accident at the age of 21 -- to explore how young people deal with grief.

I’m not sure how many of you out there remember going to the cinema to see a double bill, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never come across two gay films back-to-back on British TV so despite having recommended both before, I won’t hesitate to flag up Call Me By Your Name (Sky Cinema Drama, Sat 29 Sept, 8pm), which you surely don’t need telling about.

Immediately after is the Oscar-winning drama A Fantastic Woman (Sky Cinema Drama, Sat 29 Sep, 10.15pm), in which Daniele Vega stars as a transgender singer whose world is shattered when her older boyfriend dies.

Also on the film-front, there’s another version of the gay favourite Beauty and the Beast (Sky Movies Premiere, Weds 3 Oct, 9.50pm). This one, made in 2014, stars Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux.

If you missed it first time round, there’s another chance to see American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (BBC2, Fri 5 Oct, 12.15am). Starring Darren Criss as the gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan, the nine-part drama was a hit at the Emmys. Look out for Ricky Martin as the murdered fashion designer’s boyfriend.

There’s another take on the same subject in the documentary Six Degrees of Murder (Quest Red, Fri 5 Oct, 9pm).

The big news on Netflix big is the start of Dancing Queen, which focuses on Justin Johnson - aka drag superstar Alyssa Edwards - as the RuPaul’s Drag Race alumnus deals with his family and love life. The series is available from Friday 5 October.

Also on the streaming service are season two of Queer Eye, and Keep the Lights On, a drama focusing on the romance between a gay filmmaker and a lawyer.