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.


Words: Hugh Kaye

There isn’t a great deal to get excited about on TV this week but try E.M. Forster: His Longest Journey (Sky Arts, Tues 8 Oct, 10pm).

While profiling the author – possibly best known to gay audiences for Maurice, written between 1913 and 1914 but not published until after his death – it also gives an insight into British LGBTQ literary history. 

The documentary reveals the author’s personal struggles and how his novel The Longest Journey mirrored his life, particularly the repression of his homosexuality, while including a look at his long-term relationship with a married policeman.

Film-wise, Fleabag’s Andrew Scott stars in Steel Country (Sky Movies Premiere, Tues 8 Oct, 2.10am). He plays a garbage-truck driver who becomes obsessed with the mystery after a young boy goes missing in a small town. The film is also known as A Dark Place.

You can also see our October issue cover star Renee Zewelleger talking about her Oscar-tipped role in Judy on The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, Fri Oct, 10.35pm), while on a cheesier note, Duncan James prepares for his first public date as a gay man in Celebrity First Dates Hotel for SU2C (C4, Thurs 10 Oct, 9pm).

Meanwhile, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK continues on BBC3, with Michelle Visage helping Mama Ru to present the show, while Graham Norton and Alan Carr pop up as judges.

Given that there isn’t much else to shout about, here’s a heads-up for Drag Kids which is coming soon to 5Star. The two-part documentary follows three boys – aged nine, 10 and 12 – as they follow their dreams of being a drag queen.

Our lesbian readers might enjoy My Days of Mercy, which is available on Netflix. Ellen Page plays the daughter of a man on death row, who falls for a woman with very different beliefs.

The streaming service is also still showing gay 'conversion' drama The Miseducation of Cameron Post and the prize-winning documentary Paris is Burning, which focuses on the drag balls of Eighties Harlem.

There’s also still time to watch The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin and the dramatic, steamy Beach Rats.