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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.

2020-02-25

Words: Hugh Kaye

Porn on the Beeb. SHOCK! And it’s gay porn: SHOCK HORROR, sacrilege, think of the children, the world is going to end…

Actually, it’s an episode of the documentary thread Storyville (BBC4, Mon 24 Feb, 10pm), entitled The Rise and Fall of a Porn Superstar and looks at the life of the Israeli former adult actor and escort, Jonathan Agassi, over a seven-year period as he battled his demons.

Formerly known as Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life, the film was shown at BFI Flare: London and you can read our exclusive interview with Jonathan here.

On a lighter note, the terrestrial TV showing of RuPaul’s Drag Race (BBC1, Fri, 28 Feb, 10.35pm) comes to an end with a double bill, the first of which sees the three remaining queens having to perform a routine choreographed by AJ and Curtis Pritchard.

Mama Ru is joined by guest judges including Graham Norton, Alan Carr and Michelle Visage.

Elsewhere, I Am Jazz (TLC, Mon 24 Feb, 7pm) returns for a sixth series with the transgender teen from South Florida travelling to New York City for a third round of surgery.

 

You should also try to catch Tell it to The Bees (Sky Movies Premiere, Tues 25 Feb, 6pm). The film, made in 2018, stars Holliday Grainger as an unhappily married woman who forms a strong bond with a local GP (played by Anna Paquin) who is treating her young son Charlie.

But trouble ensues when the couple decide to move in together. Despite playing the youngster, Gregor Selkirk wasn’t allowed to watch the 15-rated film because he was just 11 years old. What did they think it would do to him?

An older film worth catching again sees Matt Damon playing a bisexual man in The Talented Mr Ripley (Sony Movies, Sat 22 Feb, 9pm).

The big news from Netflix is the launch of I Am Not Okay With This on Wednesday 26 February. The teen drama focuses on 15-year-old Sydney, played by Sophia Lillis (the young Beverly Marsh in It), who is dealing with her sexuality on top of other things.

And with Harris Dickinson soon to be seen in the Kingsman prequel, The King’s Man, maybe this is a good time to catch him in Beach Rats, which is still streaming on Netflix. He plays a teenager torn between life with his macho friends and the older men he meets online.

And with the news that Britain’s first out gay footballer Justin Fashanu is to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, it’s worth watching Netflix’s Forbidden Games.