Celebrity Gogglebox announces new Pride special starring Rylan, Nick Grimshaw, and more

Celebrity Gogglebox announces new Pride special starring Rylan, Nick Grimshaw, and more

Celebrity Gogglebox is set to get a special Pride episode as part of Channel 4’s newly-announced Pride at 50 celebrations.

The new season of programming will also include special compilations of Naked Attraction and First Dates celebrating some of the most prominent LGBTQ+ contributors, as well as a number of documentaries.

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The Gogglebox special will include LGBTQ+ personalities such as Rylan alongside his mum Linda, Nick Grimshaw and niece Liv, and The Chase‘s Paul Sinha and his husband Oliver.

Channel 4 says the season of programming “will reflect on the incredible achievements and challenges of advancing LGBTQ+ rights and visibility over the last half century, while also platforming the diversity of identity and sexuality in the 2020s”.

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Also set to air are documentaries 50 Years of Pridewhich will tell the history of the movement in the UK over the past few decades, and April Ashleyan in-depth feature on the trailblazing model, actress and author who was one of the country’s most prominent transgender women.

The films will be broadcast around July 1, the anniversary of the first UK Gay Pride Rally in 1972.

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Two-part film Outed: George Michael and the Fight for Freedomdue to air later in the year, will re-examine the iconic singer’s outing in 1998 and how he refused to be ashamed, and also look at other public figures who were outed by the press.

“Channel 4 has been responsible for more outstanding LGBTQ+ content over its 40 years than any other public service broadcaster – often commissioning content others wouldn’t touch, from award-winning dramas It’s A Sin, Queer As Folkand Brookside to innovative factual stories including Football’s Coming Out, Genderquakeand Hollyoaks: Gay Dads Forever,” said Channel 4’s Louisa Compton, who is overseeing the season.

“It only seems fitting that at this important moment for LGBTQ+ history in the UK we do what we’ve always done, double down on our commitment to agenda-setting programming with exciting new commissioning and All 4 firsts.

“The announcement today is only the start of the Channel’s year-round Pride celebration – plenty more to come in due course.”

Gogglebox airs on Friday nights at 9pm on Channel 4.

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