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

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


Christian owners of bed-and-breakfast establishments have been in the news a lot and B&B (Sky Thriller, Sun 22 July, 7.15pm, pictured above) sees a gay couple booking in with plans for a fun weekend, along with the idea of baiting the religious owner. But things take a very dark turn.

Hilary Swank won a Best Actress Oscar for her part in Boys Don’t Cry (Sky Select, Mon 23 July, 2.30am). Rumoured to be paid just $75 a day for her skills back in 1999, she plays a girl whose decision to live as a guy has harrowing consequences. We challenge you not to be angry and sad in equal measures. On a lighter note, for 10 years, lucky Hilary was Rob Lowe’s sister-in-law!

And talking of Oscars, The Imitation Game (Film4, Sun 22 July, 6.45pm) was nominated in eight categories, but winning just one. Benedict Cumberbatch, playing Alan Turing, the hounded gay genius credited with saving hundreds of thousands of lives during WWII, was beaten to a statuette for best actor by Eddie Redmayne.

Another sometime-troubled soul, Boy George, is the focus of Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1, Mon 23 July, 9pm). Among other surprises, the singer and The Voice mentor finds out about the unpleasant fate of one of his great uncles.

If you are in need of a laugh after that, try The Simpsons (Sky One, Thurs 26 July, 7.30pm). It’s the one where Homer moves in with a gay couple.

Rather more cringe-making is a sight into how gay characters were depicted on the big screen in the late-1980s. Meshach Taylor has the rather dubious honour of playing 'flamboyant' window-dresser – because aren’t we all? -- Hollywood Montrose in Mannequin (5Star, Sat 21 July, 6.05pm). Andrew McCarthy provides the eye candy of the time.

For those looking for something more serious, there’s another chance to see No More Girls and Boys: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free? (BBC2, Tues 24 July, 11.15pm), as Dr Javid Abdelmoneim examines the effect on primary school pupils of gender-neutral play.

If you’ve seen the sequel but are having withdrawal symptoms already, the original Mamma Mia (ITV, Sun 22 July, 1.55pm) will top up that feel-good factor.

Elsewhere, fans of Wentworth Miller can catch him in a repeat episode of The Flash (Pick, Fri 26 July, 8pm), playing villainous Captain Cold. How wrong can a character’s name be?

And for you girls who like other girls, there’s Blue is the Warmest Colour (Film4, Weds 25 July, 11.35pm) in which Lea Seydoux plays a boyish student who seduces a much younger pupil.

Words: Hugh Kaye