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

Gays are popping up all over television this week. Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke is one of the contestant sitting in the famous black chair on Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1, Fri 22 Feb, 7.30pm). No news yet on what he’s chosen as his specialist subject.

Later, knight of the realm Ian McKellen jousts with his host and other guests (see what I did there?) in The Graham Norton Show (BBC1, Fri 22 Feb, 10.35pm), while Sam Smith performs live at The Brit Awards 2019 (ITV, Weds 20 Feb, 8pm). Recent Attitude cover stars Little Mix will also be on stage.

Elsewhere, dating documentary Supersized (C5, Mon 18Feb, 10.35pm) features a 30st man who is having trouble finding a boyfriend, despite his “large personality”.

On a more serious note, in the second programme in the three-part series The Making of Me (C4, Mon 18 Feb, 10pm), student Emma is taking hormones to transition to female but is given a warning by her doctor.

Tangerine (Film 4, Mon 18 Feb, 11.15pm) takes a different look at life for transgender people as two trans women prostitutes clash over a pimp. Made on a low budget, the film bursts with wit and grit.

Another film worth catching is Whitney: Can I Be Me (BBC2, Fri 22 Feb, 11.05pm). Nick Broomfield’s acclaimed documentary explores the diva’s sad decline through interviews and classic footage.

Finally, no apologies for recommending a repeat. Icon: The Greatest Person of the 20th Century (BBC2, Weds 19 Feb, 12.15am) reasserts my faith in human beings in the middle of all the Brexit madness plaguing the UK. Well, to an extent…

Insatiable courted controversy when it was first announced, being accused of fat-shaming. There’s a chance to catch up with the first series of the dark comedy (and make your own mind up) before the new season streams on Netflix later this year.


Other things you can still watch on the streaming service include the Oscar-nominated Carol, about a lesbian love affair in the 1950s, Boulevard (pictured at head of page), with Robin Williams as a man in a marriage of convenience who meets a troubled young hustler, and Ideal Home which stars Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan as a bickering couple who find themselves having to look after a 10-year-old boy.