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.

2019-03-01

Words: Hugh Kaye

I know some people are turned on by pain and/or humiliation but turning up just to be scorned and yelled at is going too far, so kudos to Rylan Clark-Neal for entering Celebrity Apprentice for Comic Relief (BBC1, Thursday and Friday 7-8 Mar, 9pm).

He is among the famous contestants given the task of organising a themed cabaret night in just 48 hours. Well, it’s for a good cause…

In fact, nothing would get me to enter any reality show. Well, maybe a hot date so maybe that’s why David Potts agreed to appear on Celebs Go Dating (E4, Mon 4 Mar, 9pm). In search of a boyfriend, he goes on a second date with Luke, then (E4, Weds 6 Mar, 9pm) meets up with an artist.

Hopefully everyone on that show will be sensible otherwise they could end up appearing on The Sex Clinic (E4, Mon 4 Mar, 10pm). In this episode of the medical advice series, a drag queen seeks information about bipolar disorder while a male stripper is having problems with a rash.

It’s quite a quiet week for LGBTQ telly but at least there’s another chance to see the documentary Olly Alexander: Growing Up Gay (BBC1, Tue, 5 Mar, 11.05pm). The Years & Years singer finds out whether the queer community is more vulnerable to mental-health issues and talks about his own battle with depression.

You could also try the Netflix original programme Special, about a gay man with mild cerebral palsy who decides to “rewrite” his history. Check out the latest issue of Attitude for an interview with Neil Dunk, who talks about living with cerebral palsy.

Also showing on the streaming service are Queer Eye: We’re in Japan and the Indian drama Evening Shadows, in which a religious mother struggles to cope when her son comes out as gay.