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.


Zac Efron running around in just his pants. Yes, we thought that might get your attention and that’s what you’ll get from out gay director Lee Daniels’s The Paperboy (C4, Thurs 6 Sept, 1.45am).

It’s actually an interesting story about two brothers trying to prove the innocence of a convicted cop killer… but most people remember it for a certain scene involving Zac and Nicole Kidman.

Another classic film on this week stars one of the world's most successful LGBT actresses: Jodie Foster. She won an Oscar for her role in The Silence of the Lambs (5Star, Weds 5 Sept, 10.55pm).

You probably know the story but if not, look out for Ted Levine’s camp performance as someone suspected of being a serial killer.

Talking of murderers, It Takes a Killer (CBS Reality, Fri 7 Sept, 10.30pm) focuses on the true-life case of a predator who targets men at a gay bar.

There’s also a killer at large in Cold Case (Sky Atlantic, Sat 1 Sept, 11am). In an episode called 'It’s Raining Men', detectives Rush and Valens are asked by a man about to marry his boyfriend to find the person responsible for the murder of his former partner in 1983. There’s an interesting HIV/Aids side story as well.

On a much lighter note - not before time - Neil Patrick Harris is one of those taking on Michael Jackson songs in Lip Sync Battle (C5, Sat 1 Sept, 11.05pm) and there’s a chance to see the movie version of Kinky Boots (BBC2, Sun 2 Sept, 11pm), starring Joel Edgerton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Meanwhile, Netflix has Head On, the story of a 19-year-old Greek-Aussie’s wild 24-hour sexual odyssey, and Magarita, with a Straw, the tale of an Indian women with cerebral palsy, who starts an affair with a blind female activist.

The streaming giant is also showing one of the best gay films of all time: Pride, starring George MacKay, Ben Schnetzer, Andrew Scott and Bill Nighy.

Words: Hugh Kaye