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.


TV schedulers are spoiling us: one week it’s Zac Efron running around in his pants and the next it’s another former Disney favourite, Ross Lynch.

The Austin & Ally star plays a serial killer during his high-school days in My Friend Dahmer (Sky Movies Premier, 13 Thursday Sept, 9.50pm, pictured above). It also stars Anne Heche and former Angel regular Vincent Kartheiser. Expect nudity and disturbing scenes – as if that’s going to stop you!

Another killer is the focus of World’s Most Evil Killer (Sky Witness, Sun 9 Sept, 9pm), with another chance to delve into the crimes of John Wayne Gacy.

Known as The Killer Clown, he was responsible for the torture, rape, assault and murder of 33 young men in Illinois between 1972 and 1978.

With all that mayhem, you’ll need cheering up so catch Kylie Minogue Live at Hyde Park (BBC1, Sun 9 Sept, 10.30pm), during which the Aussie gay icon will perform some of her biggest hits as well as tracks from her Golden album.

And Celebrity Ghost Hunt Haunted Holiday (5Star, Mon 10 Sept, 10pm), in which Rylan Clark-Neal explores Loftus Hall, in Ireland, is likely to be as equally as camp. Rylan can be seen again as the presenter on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (C5, Fri 14 Sept, 11.05pm) after the BB civilan series launch.

Another excellent film on this week is The Imitation Game (Film 4, Mon 10 Sep, 6.45pm), starring Benedict Cumberbatch as gay wartime hero Alan Turing, who saved countless lives by cracking the Nazis’ Enigma code.

Look out, too, for Beach Rats star Harris Dickinson in the opening episode of the 10-part drama, Trust (BBC2, Weds 12 Sept, 9pm) based on the true story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, the grandson of a billionaire oil tycoon.

Also worth catching is the documentary When Mum Becomes Dad and Son Becomes Daughter (5Star, Weds 12 Sept, 9pm). The title pretty much tells you all you need to know as three people undergo gender reassignment.

Among Netflix’s highlights is Manu NNa Speciale, in which a Mexican stand-up comedian reveals the problems of being gay in Mexico, and in People You May Know, lives are thrown into turmoil when a woman becomes pregnant by her husband’s best friend – who just happens to be gay! Ummm…

Words: Hugh Kaye