Words: Hugh Kaye
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m no fan of reality TV. And I have never watched a single show on ITVBe. And appearing in one of the seemingly hundreds of variations of Real Housewives does not make you a celebrity.
But all rules are made to be broken. Which is why I can recommend Vanderpump Rules (ITVBe, Thurs 20 Sept, 9pm). Lisa Vanderpump - of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills “fame” - focuses on the deadly attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, while also looking at how it affected the gay community in West Hollywood, where she was set to film on 12 June 2016.
On a happier note, there’s Boogie Fever: A TOTP2 Special (Yesterday, Sat 15 Sept, 7pm). With a focus on disco, there’s music from Chic, Gloria Gaynor and the Weather Girls – no prizes for guessing what hit they will be performing!
Another slice of (maybe slightly dark) fun comes in the form of Muriel’s Wedding (Paramount Network, Fri 21 Sept, 9pm), as an ABBA fan desperately tries to find herself a husband.
From here on in, you are going to be hearing a scraping sound. That’s Attitude rooting around at the bottom of the barrel because this – in truth – isn’t the greatest week for LGBT-interest TV.
Instinct (Sky Witness, Thurs 20 Sept, 9pm) continues its run, with a story about how a case of mistaken identity might have resulted in murder. This has not been as compelling as the trailers made it seem but hopefully at some stage we will get to know more about Dylan’s home life with husband Andy. The show has already been renewed for a second season.
There’s also another chance to see the first series of Riverdale, with three episodes of the first series back-to-back (5Star, Mon 17 Sept, 1.25am), and Dustin Hoffman can be seen “in drag” in the Oscar-winning Tootsie (Film 4, Weds 19 Sept, 6.45pm).
He plays a “difficult” actor who wins a big role in a soap after pretending to be a woman.
Finally, look out for former Attitude columnist Paris Lees, who gets into a war of words with TOWIE’s Pete Wicks on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls (C4, Sunday 16 Sept, 9pm). I know who I’m backing…
Things on Netflix are a little sparse too but try Hurricane Bianca, which sees Texas teacher Richard being fired for being gay but returning as Bianca, to teach not only the students a lesson. You might just recognise the star playing a weatherman…
And there’s the award-winning Milk, starring Sean Penn as the ill-fated politician and activist.