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

'Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City' makes a triumphant return on Netflix next Friday (7 June).


Words: Hugh Kaye

So… almost 20 years since we last saw through the door of 28 Barbary Lane, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City is back.

Set in the present day, the 10-part series on streaming on Netflix - featuring, for those who are too young to remember, the life of a group of San Francisco residents - begins with landlady Anna preparing to celebrate her 90th birthday. But she has some surprising news to reveal.

For more on the show, read the interview with Murray Bartlett, who plays Michael (Mouse) Tolliver, in our new July issue, available to download and to order globally now.

If you enjoy that, try the streaming service’s documentary The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, which looks at how he rose from a conservative upbringing to be an LGBTQ champion.

And with Pride season upon us, learn about one of the original LGBTQ activists in The Life and Death of Marsha P Johnson, also on Netflix.

Over on television, we’ve reached 2027 and the world is going to hell in a hand basket in Years and Years (BBC1, Tues 4 June, 9pm), but on a more personal note of worry for Daniel, Viktor is facing possible execution…

Meanwhile, Andrew Scott - fresh from his rave reviews as the hot priest in Fleabag - is one of the guests on the couch in The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, Fri 7 June, 10.35pm), where he will be chatting about his latest role: in 'Smithereens', part of the new series of Black Mirror.

Also on the show is Jack Bannon, who played Alan Turing’s crush Christopher Morcom in The Imitation Game and who will soon be appearing in the lead role of Alfred (Batman’s butler-to-be) in DC Comics’ new drama Pennyworth.

Given that there isn’t that much of LGBTQ interest this week, maybe you can try My Gay Dog and Other Animals (C4, Thurs 6 June, 9pm) in which scientists discuss same-sex relationships in the animal kingdom. If nothing else, it should annoy the bigots!

And there’s another chance to see Freddie Mercury: A Bohemian Rhapsody (C5, Sun 2 June, 10pm) which focuses on two pivotal events in the life of the Queen frontman.