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


Words: Hugh Kaye

Gay film distributors Peccadillo Pictures have been going for about 18 years now and it’s hard to think of a better feature film from them than The Wound (Sky Movies Premiere, Weds 24 Oct, 9.45pm). 

This South African drama, which won the Grand Jury award at Outfest LA and was shortlisted for an Oscar, centres on teen members of the Xhosa tribe who are taken to remote mountains to undergo a coming-of-age ritual, supposedly leading them into manhood and all the masculinity that goes with that.

While there, closeted factory worker Xolani (Nakhane) is assigned to guide young Kwandi (Niza Jay Ncoyini), who is also secretly negotiating his queer identity. 

Nakhane featured in January’s issue of Attitude part of the interview can be seen here.

Meanwhile, Ste and Harry’s big day arrives on Hollyoaks (E4,Mon 22 Oct, 7pm) but Sinead is out to spoil things while James is also looking to ruin their happiness.

If those aren’t enough for you, Doctor Who (BBC1, Sun 21 Oct, 6.55pm) continues with a story about one of the leading lights in the Civil Rights movement in 1950s America… but someone is out to change history, and in Butterfly (ITV, Sun 21 Oct, 9pm), Max/Maxine decides the time has come to go to school as a girl.

On the music front, there’s the Radio 1 Teen Awards (BBC2, Sun 21 Oct, 5.45pm), which features Attitude Award winners Little Mix, and the (some would say) rather handsome members of 5 Days of Summer, among a host of others.

Plus, with the Freddie Mercury biopic opening at the end of this week, The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody (BBC4, Friday 26 Oct, 10pm) looks at how the classic song came to be made, and, immediately after, there’s a chance to see another icon in David Bowie at Glastonbury 2000 (BBC4, Fri 26 Oct, 10.55pm).

A week after The Flash returned, super-hero season gets into the full swing with the new series of Arrow (Sky1, Tues 23 Oct, 8pm), where we find Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) in a maximum-security prison.

And so to Netflix.

From Friday, you can catch the highly anticipated revamp of a Nineties classic with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, starring Kiernan Shipka, in the role made famous by Melissa Joan Hart, Michelle Gomez (who was brilliant as Doctor Who villain Missy) and Ross Lynch.

Rather-less-hyped offerings from the streaming service include Stephen Fry: More Fool Me and Boulevard in which a married man’s meeting with a troubled hustler changes his life.