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

Get ready for another big gay week on the box.

2018-08-10

These days, there's plenty more in the way of LGBT representation on screen - but you still need to know where to find it. 

Here, Hugh Kaye rounds up the best TV and film you can see over the next seven days...

Being Jewish and gay, it’s likely Robert Rinder would have been hunted twice over by the Nazis.

And in Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1, Mon, 13 Aug, 9pm) he finds out how his Polish grandfather survived the Holocaust despite being sent to concentration camps including Theresienstadt, in what was then Czechoslovakia, which for many was just a holding pen on the way to the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

Many of the TV judge’s other relatives were not so fortunate…

Continuing on a downbeat tone, there’s Mark Gatiss on John Minton: The Lost Man of British Art (BBC4, Mon 13 Aug, 9pm).

Minton’s range of work was wide but he often featured friends and young male students and he did little to hide his sexuality in the 1940s and 1950s – a time when homosexuality was still illegal.

Although he seemingly coped with the stigma and risk this brought, the story does not have a happy ending.

Another troubled artist is featured in Life with Judy Garland (True Entertainment, Sat 11 Aug, 9pm). Judy Davis stars as the early gay icon in this fact-based, two-part drama with both parts being shown back-to-back. Prepare the hankies.

On a much lighter note, Rylan Clark-Neal hosts Celebrity Big Brother: Bit on the Side (C5, Thurs, 16 Aug, 11.05pm) as CBB launches. No names of those going into the house have been confirmed at the time of writing although there are rumours surrounding former Attitude columnist Paris Lees and Queer Eye’s Jonathan van Ness.

Allies also pop up this week with Spice World (Sony Movie Channel, Thurs, 16 Aug, 3.10pm) and Hocus Pocus (Sky Disney, Sat 11 Aug, 10.15pm), starring Bette Midler. And if those aren’t enough, there’s another gay favourite: Sex and the City 2 (Universal, Sat 11 Aug, 8pm).

Over on Netflix, try I Am Michael in which a gay activist “renounces” his sexuality to become a Christian pastor. Yeh right, that’s gonna work! James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Charlie Carver star in this fact-based story.

Meanwhile, in Loev, a Wall Street big-shot goes hiking with an old friend and begins to realise he wants more than just a pal. And there’s also a chance to see Paris is Burning which gives a fascinating insight into the Harlem drag balls of the 1980s.

Jennie Livingston’s documentary, made for an approximate $500,000, won the grand jury prize at Sundance 27 years ago.

One final Netflix offering, while not out-and-out for a gay audience, is Disenchantment. The adult animation features a boozy princess - fleeing an arranged marriage - her personal demon and an elf, who end up in a land of imps and mermaids.

How can it not be gay? And it’s the latest work to come from the mind of Matt Groening, so it’s bound to be funny and crude.