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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

2018-09-21

With Doctor Who due to return soon (and about bloody time BBC!), new Time Lord Jodie Whittaker is one of the guests on The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, Fri 28 Sept, 10.35pm).

She is joined by Lady Gaga, who, no doubt, will be promoting her new film, A Star is Born, and Ryan Gosling -- if you like that kind of thing.

On a more high-brow note, actor Andrew Scott is our guide to the Treasures of the British Library (Sky Arts, Tues 25 Sept, 8pm). The Sherlock star will be looking at items that tap into his life and career, including a letter written by Oscar Wilde.

There are also a couple of films worth your time: in Philadelphia (Film 4, Mon 24 Sept, 9pm) Tom Hanks is on Oscar-winning form as a gay lawyer who believes he lost his job because his employers found out he has HIV. Made 25 years ago, this is still a hard-hitting drama, co-starring Denzel Washington and a young Antonio Banderas as Hanks’s lover.

And the Spanish drama A Fantastic Woman (Sky Premiere, Weds 26 Sept, 9.45pm), focuses on a transgender woman who has to deal with the death of her boyfriend.

Talking of foreign-language television, the Belgian police drama Code 37: Sex Crimes (More4, Fri, 28 Sept), 9pm) sees a young man found in a park after being beaten up by thugs. All the clues point to a gang that has been terrorising gay men.

Music is given the gay treatment too this week. TOTP2 (Yesterday, Sat 22 Sept, 7pm) includes performances by the likes of Westlife, JLS and, rather oddly for a “Boyband Special”, Village People. Elsewhere, Later Live…. with Jools Holland (BBC2, Tues 25 Sept, 10pm) features Soft Cell and Jess Glynne.

Netflix has a documentary well-worth catching. In Tab Hunter Confidential, the actor - beloved by women -- talks about being a closeted gay man in 1950’s Hollywood.

Meanwhile, Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in Flawless, which sees a homophobic police officer suffer a stroke and having to undertake rehabilitative singing therapy - under the watchful eye of a drag queen!