From The White Lotus to Doctor Who, there’s a lot to look forward to
BY KATE STRONG, IMAGE BY HBO/INSTAGRAM
The months are getting colder, and the year is almost over but there are still some highly-anticipated onscreen releases featuring LGBTQIA actors and/or actors coming out this autumn and winter. If you’re preparing your must-watch list for the rest of the year, look no further than these upcoming releases.
High School: Season 1
First up, this one’s coming out this week (14 October) on Freevee, Amazon’s free streaming service. Canadian identical twin pop-duo Tegan and Sara are releasing a show based on their joint-memoir of the same name. The show is about the struggle of finding your identity and the journey of self-discovery the twins took growing up. It follows their realisation that both have feelings for girls, and how they came to terms with their queerness, set to a 90s grunge backdrop.
The Owl House: Season 3
The first episode of the long-awaited final season of The Owl House will be airing on Disney+ on 15 October. Unlike past series, season three will be made of three 44-minute episodes. The animated series follows Luz, a human who ends up in a world full of witches and magic as she tries to harness her own powers and make friends in this unfamiliar world. It is a series packed with queer representation including a non-binary character and a bisexual lead.
The highly-anticipated film starring Harry Styles is coming to US and UK theatres on 21 October 2022 and globally on Prime Video on 4 November. Harry plays Tom, an open-minded police officer in Brighton during the 1950s, who begins alove affair with a museum-curator. The movie also stars non-binary actor, Emma Corrin, as smitten schoolteacher, Marion, Tom’s wife.
The White Lotus: Season 2
HBO’s White Lotus is a comedy-drama starring Jennifer Coolidge, who recently won an Emmy for her performance in the show. The plot follows the staff and guests of The White Lotus resort chain, while trying to have a relaxing holiday dark truths and twisted secrets crop up. Oh and bi icon Aubrey Plaza is joining the cast this time around. The second season premieres on HBO on 30 October and UK viewers can hopefully expect to catch it on Sky Atlantic soon after.
Doctor Who Special: The Power Of The Doctor
Though an exact date is yet to be confirmed, this October we will be seeing the next Doctor Who special. The episode will mark the BBC’s centenary and will mark Jodie Whittaker’s last episode as the The Doctor before she passes the baton to Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa, who will be the first Black actor to play the iconic role.
The L Word: Generation Q: Season 3
After the dramatic end to season two, The L Word: Generation Q will be returning on 18 November on Showtime for US viewers, we are yet to get an official UK release date. It has been an exciting wait with teasers being dropped on Twitter, leaving fans to speculate on the events of the upcoming series. One post containing a picture of a script has a penned note on the front reading ‘Someone gets married?’ next to a doodle of a ring. It won’t be long until we finally get the answers we are looking for.
The Sex Lives Of College Girls: Season 2
Making a return for a second season, we get to go back to Essex (in the US not UK!) to follow the shenanigans of Bella, Leighton, Kimberly and Whitney, as they continue to tackle love, heartbreak and self-discovery. We haven’t had a date confirmed yet, but it’s set to air this November in the US, until then you can rewatch the first series on ITV Hub.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Hooray for getting to see another movie starring Emma Corrin this year. This time they will be playing the title character in Netflix’s upcoming film Lady Chatterley’s Lover. The romance-drama is based on the book of the same name by D. H. Lawrence and tells the story of a scandalous affair between star-crossed lovers, upper-class Constance Chatterley and working-class gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors. It is set to release sometime this December.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
On the 30 December do your hair big and head to the cinema for this biopic of the legendary Whitney Hoston. Whitney will be played by Naomi Ackie who previously has starred in comedy series, The Bisexual, and bought black queer romance to TV in Master Of None. It is hoped Houston’s sexuality will be explored in the film after her confidant Robyn Crawford confirmed their secret relationship.
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