Editor's Letter

February 15 – The TV Issue

At last! Proper gays-on-the-telly-drama.


It feels like our lady-loving sisters have had the monopoly on TV programmes in recent years, and while there are many gay and bi male characters on television now – and yes, there are, whether you think they ‘represent’ or not – it’s always good to have a ‘proper’ show that we can relate to.

And yes, I’m harking back to Queer As Folk here. For many, many people it was life-changing. So of course it’s a joy to finally see Russell T Davies’ sequel, of sorts, make it to the screen. I’m a self-confessed RTD fan and it feels like I’ve been asking him about this every time we’ve spoken for years. I don’t know what we’ll talk about now. Who’s secretly gay, probably.

But Cucumber and Banana – and online ‘real life’ series Tofu – aren’t just about gay and bi men. It’s about everyone. Across the three – brilliant – shows it’s pretty much as all-encompassing as you can be. Which isn't quite Looking's manifesto, but the more the merrier as the bearded, checked-shirt-wearing men of San Francisco return for a second series this month. Honestly, it's like waiting for a bus...

We also caught up with TV's first gay supervillain, as played by out actor Andy Mientus in The Flash, and the UK’s answer to Judge Judy – Judge Rinder, another out man on national TV. Probably couldn't have seen that coming when Queer as Folk first hit screens...

But it’s not all about the boys, because of course we’ve been chatting to some fabulous ladies too. Lauren Harries wants to conquer the charts with her new single and Michelle Gomez, well she just wants to conquer the universe, frankly. Who are we to say no? As they say, stay tuned...