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

Here's what's on the box this week.


If you thought last week’s gay TV offerings were a bit thin, the next seven days are also on the skinny latte front. Do they think we don’t watch television in the summer?

But we do get to see Will Young on John Bishop: In Conversation With… (W, Thurs 9 Aug, 10pm). Among other topics, the singer talks about being bullied at school and coming out at university.


There’s also a chance to see Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit author Jeanette Winterson on Imagine (BBC1, Sun 5 Aug, 11.15pm).

A rather more unusual documentary is Mascara Boys: Sex Me Up (C5, Sat 11 Aug, 3.10am). It features men obsessed with their looks, some of whom have had so many surgical interventions that you’ll lose count. Sounds like a few people we know…

And if you are a fan of Brad Pitt, make sure to catch A River Runs Through It (Paramount Network, Sun 5 Aug, 6.30pm). It may be a weird concept for a film - fly fishing - but Brad has never looked hotter!

Also worth a look is Louis Theroux: America’s Most Hated Family in Crisis (W, Sun 5 Aug, 9pm), in which the TV presenter revisits those nice people at the Westboro Baptist Church!

Netflix has some interesting offerings too. A closeted navy pilot’s new romance threatens his dream of becoming an astronaut in Burning Blue, while Holding the Man charts the life-long love affair of two Australian school friends.

And there’s a chance to see former Disney twink Garrett Clayton as porn star Brent Corrigan in King Cobra.

On a more serious level there’s the documentary Growing up Coy, which follows a couple’s legal battle to secure their six-year-old trans daughter’s rights.

If all that’s not enough, you can binge watch Shameless USA, with Cameron Monaghan as the gay son, Ian (often naked). Just as with Queer as Folk, it’s a lot raunchier that the Brit version...

Words: Hugh Kaye