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

Attitude's October issue cover star Gus Kenworthy makes his 'American Horror Story' debut this week.


Words: Hugh Kaye

Attitude's October issue cover star Gus Kenworthy can be seen in American Horror Story: 1984 (Fox, Thurs 19 Sept, 10pm)

Yes, Ryan Murphy’s series is back and showing just one day after it airs in America. Also featuring Pose’s Angela Ross, the 10-parter is influenced by the slasher movies of the Eighties and opens as a group of friends leave Los Angeles to become counsellors at Camp Redwood. But, as was teased in the recently-released trailer, crazed killer Mr Jingles has just escaped from a nearby lunatic asylum...

More unpleasant goings-on can be found in Villain (Talking Pictures, Mon 16 Sept, 10pm). Richard Burton stars in the 1971 film as a gay gangster – unusual for the time and for a star of his reputation.

The action revolves sadistic Vic Dakin (Burton) who is blackmailing an MP and planning a huge heist with his bisexual lover Wolfe (played by Ian McShane).

On a lighter note, Stephen Fry is one of the guests when The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV, Sat 14 sept, 10.15pm) returns for a new series.

There’s also a chance to see Charli XCX perform her infectrious new single 'Gone' with Christine and the Queens.

Talking of music, there’s Top of the Pops: Pet Shop Boys (BBC4, Sun 15 Sept, 9.30pm), which immediately follows Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe headlining Pet Shop Boys: Live in Hyde Park (BBC4, Sun 15 Sept, 8pm).

Finally, 22-year-old transgender woman Amira is one on the contestants on the final episode of the current series of Naked Attraction (C4, Weds 18 Sept, 10pm).

Over on Netflix, try Breaking Free: a documentary revealing the human rights violations suffered by some members of India’s LGBTQ community, while in the based-on-a-true-story Girl, a 15-year-old ballet dancer prepares for gender confirmation surgery.

If you need a laugh after those, the streaming service is also offering Simon Amstell: Set Free in which the former Never Mind the Buzzcocks presenter delivers his latest stand-up routine.