Words: Hugh Kaye
Two films – from very different ages – dominate this week’s gays on TV.
First up is a tour-de-force performance from John Hurt, playing the flamboyant Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant (Talking Pictures, Sun 20 Oct, 10pm).
Made in 1975 but covering Crisp’s life from the 1920s, the film shows just how brave he was to parade his homosexuality like a badge. Hurt won a BAFTA for the role. Talking Pictures can be found on Sky Channel 328 and Virgin 445.
Made 30 years later, Kinky Boots (BBC2, Sat 19 Oct, 10.30pm) shows just how much has changed in Britain. Chiwetel Ejiofor was nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a drag queen who comes to the rescue of a failing shoe factory in Northampton.
Away from films, among the lonely hearts looking for romance in Love in the Countryside (BBC2, Sun 20 Oct, 10.30pm) is Cumbrian dairy farm David who travels to London to meet businessman Michael.
And in The Sex Business (C5, Thurs 20 Oct, 10pm), straight sex workers talk about being “gay for pay.”
Meanwhile, in the second part of Drag Kids (5Star, Thurs 24 Oct, 9pm), Leo and his mum visit Dragutante, a not-for-profit organisation that offers a safe place for future drag queens.
With the Attitude Awards still fresh in the minds of many who were lucky enough to be there, award-winner Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City is still available on Netflix and you have about a month if you still want to catch Stephen Fry in America on the streaming service.