Words: Hugh Kaye
The big news this week is the return of the highly acclaimed Sex Education, with season two available to stream on Netflix from Friday 17 January.
Expect more moments such as virginal sex therapists, phallic Easter eggs, an outbreak of chlamydia at Moorfield Secondary, new cast members joining the likes of Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson, and possibly even an answer to the question: “ can you wank off an aubergine.”
Meanwhile, you can read our interview with star Ncuti Gatwa and creator Laurie Nunn here.
Derek Jacobi, now 81, is often overlooked when we think about some of our great stately homos. Not only was he by far the greatest Master in Doctor Who – even if he only played the role for a few minutes – but his career stretches back some 60 years and he was playing gay long before appearing alongside Ian McKellen in ITV’s Vicious.
He pops up in an odd film this week, Love is the Devil (BBC2, Sun 12 Jan, 12.45am) where he plays Francis Bacon. The 1998 biopic focuses on his relationship with George Dyer who botches a break-in at the British artist’s home. The not-very-successful thief is played by current 007 Daniel Craig. At the helm of the movie is gay director John Maybury.
Another movie worth seeing, even if it has been shown dozens of times, is Cabaret (Talking Pictures, Fri 17 Jan, 12.15am). Based on a story by gay author Christopher Isherwood, the action centres around Michael York’s character Brian Roberts who is teaching English to German adult students in Berlin just as the Nazis begin their rise to power.
Judy Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli steals every scene she’s in as a singer at the raunchy Kit Kat Klub while Joel Grey won awards aplenty for his camp role as the emcee. Talking Pictures can be found on Sky channel 328 and Virgin 445.
On a more up-to-date note, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK (BBC1, Fri 17 Jan, 11.25pm) continues with the queens’ acting skills being put to the test as they take part in a comedy costume drama, and if you are in the mood for more laughs, and like your wit acerbic and camp, try Tom Allen Absolutely Live (E4, Tues 14 Jan, 10pm) and find out why he sold out his shows at the London Palladium.
Finally, Bristol flight attendant Alex is looking for the perfect man in Naked Attraction (C4, Thurs 16 Jan, 11.25pm). Sound as likely as getting an upgrade on Ryanair to me…