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

Here's what not to miss over the next seven days.


Words: Hugh Kaye

This could be the shortest story ever written for attitude.co.uk - that’s how few new LGBT-based shows there are on telly this week. But at least the highlight really is a highlight.

120 BPM (Sky Movies Premiere, Weds 28 Nov, 10pm) tells the gripping story of French Aids activists in the early Nineties.


Arnaud Valois won best newcomer at the Lumieres Awards and was nominated for the best actor newcomer gong at the Cesars for his role as Nathan, who falls in love with HIV-positive Sean (Nahuel Perez Biscayart). You can read our interview with the two stars here.

On a lighter note you can see a queen playing as king as Alan Cumming becomes the latest big-name star to fulfil a childhood dream and appear in Doctor Who (BBC1, Sun 25 Nov, 6.30pm). He plays James I in a story involving witch hunts.

Although I’ve enjoyed Jodie Whittaker’s take on the Time Lord, I still feel the writing hasn’t come close to matching the early days of David Tennant’s reign.

There’s also another chance to see the final episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (BBC2, Fri 30 Nov, 12.15am), as the police finally close in on serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

Also being repeated is the documentary When Mum Becomes Dad and Son Becomes Daughter (C5, Weds 28 Nov, 11.05pm).

Meanwhile, there’s a chance to see drag queens come to blows in Vanderpump Rules (ITVBe, Thurs 29 Nov, 9pm). That should be fun!

More serious is Netflix documentary The Life and Death of Marsha P Johnson. Drag queen Marsha was a gay liberation, and later Aids, activist, who played a large part in the Stonewall uprising. Her body was found floating in the Hudson river in 1992 and the police quickly ruled the death a suicide. Her friends knew different…

Also worth your time on the streaming service is The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, and if you’re a Russell Tovey fan, there’s a chance to see him topless for most of The Pass.