Simon Callow to host TV special on gay Britain

Award winning gay actor Simon Callow is to host an episode of TV series UK360, focusing on the Britain's LGBT communities

Simon Callow to host TV special on gay Britain
12 July 2012

Critically acclaimed gay actor Simon Callow will host an LGBT special of TV show UK360, on the Community Channel next Monday (16 July).

Callow, most famous for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shakespeare in Love, will present a special episode of UK360 focusing on LGBT communities all around the the country. The program will showcase a tour of the gay scene in York and a report on attempts to reduce homophobia in Brighton.

A debate about the need for LGBT arts companies and a segment on the London Gay Men’s Chorus will also be featured.

‘It’s a very good thing that there’s a television channel devoted to the stories of people in their ordinary lives,’ Callow said. ‘The stories of LGBT people are sometimes quite heroic and sometimes very funny and sometimes rather moving.

‘I’ve always loved the London Gay Men’s Chorus,’ he added. ‘They’re just joyful, they make a joyful sound, I love the spirit of these guys. There’s something about their spirit which is quite unique.’

Community Channel’s UK360 show gives a voice to positive community news and stories from across the UK. It offers a platform to communities to share what is important to them.

Alexander Kahn, general manager of Community Channel said: ‘I am delighted that Simon Callow is hosting this special episode of UK360. This episode has some fantastic features which will be brought together by Simon to create a vibrant and interesting programme that I’m sure our viewers will love.

‘UK360 is always on the lookout for a good local story,’ Kahn added. ‘If you have one and would like it showcased on national television please tell us about it.’

The episode will be broadcast on 16 July at 7pm UK time. Throughout July, Community will be showing a series of LGBT programs including documentary series Gay to Z, following the lives of several lesbian, gay and bisexual young people.

Community Channel can be found on Virgin channel 233, Sky channel 539 and on Freeview channel 87.

Simon Callow was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) honour by the Queen in 1999 for services to acting.

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