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

Here's what's on the box over the next seven days.


When there aren’t many gay-interest programmes on, you want the few there are to be special. So it’s a treat to see The Killing of Sister George (Talking Pictures, Mon 27 Aug, 12.15am).

Although it may be a little dated these days - it premiered in 1968 - it was ground-breaking at the time and Beryl Reid and Susannah York are on top form as lesbians in a far-from-happy relationship. Trivia fact: this was one of the first films to get an X-rating in America.

There are also a couple of good examples of looking into the lives of the rich and famous. Larry Grayson: Shut That Door (ITV, Sun 26 Aug, 10.35pm) explores the comedian’s rise to fame, with extracts from a previously unknown biography.

Meanwhile, the biopic Whitney Houston: A Tragic Love (C5, Mon 27 Aug, 12.35am) stars Chicago Fire’s Yaya DaCosta as the bisexual singer. It’s directed by Angela Bassett, who played Tina Turner in the 1993 biopic What’s Love got to Do With It.

If you haven’t caught The Good Doctor (Sky Witness, Tues 28 Aug, 8pm), starring Bates Motel’s Freddie Highmore as the autistic Dr Shaun Murphy, give it a go with this episode which centres on a transgender patient with cancer.

Over on Netflix there’s a chance to see The Birdcage, Hollywood’s reworking of La Cage aux Folles, starring Robin Williams, Nathan Lane and Gene Hackman.

For those of you who don’t know (is there anyone?), the film follows two gay men who pretend to be straight so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée’s right-wing parents.

Also on Netflix: In Laerte-se, a brilliant cartoonist who has been living as a man for 60 years, introduces herself as a woman, and documentary The Pearl of Africa shows how tough life is for transgender women in Uganda.

Words: Hugh Kaye