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

Here's what not to miss this week, including the UK TV premiere of 'Love, Simon'.


Words: Hugh Kaye

It may not come even close to resembling my school life but Love, Simon (Sky Movies Premiere, Fri 1 Feb, 8pm) is still one of the best gay films in years.

Starring Nick Robinson and DC Comics stalwart Keiynan Lonsdale, who has revealed that he is attracted to men and women, and directed by Greg Berlanti, the film finally saw LGBT+ movies go truly mainstream.

For those who don’t know (where have you been living? Don’t you read Attitude?), the story revolves around a gay high school teenager who falls for a mystery fellow pupil online.

There’s also a chance to see an older film, but one that’s just as important. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as WWII scientist and hero Alan Turing in The Imitation Game (More4, Thurs 31 Jan, 9pm).

It follows the “father of computers” as he and fellow geniuses battle to break the German’s enigma code, and was nominated for eight Oscars, five Golden Globes and nine BAFTAs.

Meanwhile, in Emmerdale (ITV, Thurs 31 Jan, 7pm), Robert tells Aaron about his plan to fund their surrogacy.


You just know it isn’t going to go well…

On a more serious note, Secrets of Sex: Out in Mumbai (Together, Sun 27 Jan, 10.15pm) looks at how India’s colonial-era law, criminalising gay sex, was finally repealed by Delhi in 2009.

And Icons: The Greatest Person of the 20th Century (BBC2,Tues 29 Jan, 9pm) focuses on artists and writers, including Andy Warhol.

Although he indicated in a famous interview in 1980 that, at the age of 51 he was still a virgin, his boyfriends have since firmly contradicted the idea.

Although I wouldn’t normally recommend it, Shipwrecked (E4, Mon 28 Jan, 9pm) returns for a new series.


We've had a sneak peek at the contestants and there might be some LGBT surprises in store...

A teenager is caught up in a bitter feud between his mother and the man who was having an affair with a his recently deceased father in Dear Ex, which hits Netflix from Friday 1 February.

There’s also still the chance to see The 34th on the streaming service, which looks at how Ireland’s 34th amendment legalised same-sex marriage.

Another documentary well worth your time is Jewel’s Catch One, which tells the story of nightclub owner Jewel Thais-Williams and his fight to find a safe space for LGBT people of colour.