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

Russell T Davies' new BBC drama 'Years and Years' leads this week's must-watch shows.


Words: Hugh Kaye

Finally… finally, Russell T Davies' new drama is here. Years and Years (BBC1, Tues 14 May, 9pm) is a six-part series beginning in the present day and covering the next 15 years, with life seen through the eyes of an ordinary family from Manchester.

That includes Daniel (played by Russell Tovey) who seems happily married to Ralph. But then he meets asylum seeker Viktor and everything changes.

Emma Thompson also stars, and you can read an interview with Maxim Baldry, who plays Viktor, in our current June issue.

There’s more drama in Holby City (BBC1, Tues 14 May, 8pm) when Ben 'Lofty' Chiltern (Lee Mead) returns to tell husband Dominic (David Ames) what he’s been doing. But Dom also has some important news. Viewers in Scotland can see this episode at 10.35pm.

A gay fave also returns in Arrow (Sky 1, Tues 14 May, 8pm) when Oliver (Stephen Amell) calls on Roy Harper (former Attitude cover star Colton Haynes) to help thwart the Ninth Circle. When this series ends, there is just one left in the vigilante hero tale.

Another gay actor takes a seat on the couch as Beauty and the Beast star Luke Evans drops in to The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, Fri 17 May, 10.35pm). Hopefully, we are soon going to see him in Midway, where he plays one of the pivotal characters in what turned out to be a pivotal battle of World War II.

The film also stars Nick Jonas! Oddly, we won’t be seeing Graham, with this week’s chat show being hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall.

Fans can tune up for all the fun in Tel Aviv with the Eurovision Song Contest live semi-finals (BBC4, Tues 14 May and Thurs 16 May, 8pm), with hosts Rylan Clark-Neal and Scott Mills.

For a slightly more humorous take on proceedings, there’s When Eurovision Goes Horribly Wrong (C5, Fri 17 May, 10.15pm).