I could be missing something, but John Barrowman as Captain Jack does seem to be a new kind of gay presence in Britain's Saturday evening TV telly schedules. Here's my friendly-critical piece on his Making Of Me programme for the Beeb.
We like John Barrowman in our house. He’s a dashing star of some of our favourite TV shows especially Doctor Who where he plays Captain Jack Harkness, the time travelling bi-guy who can’t die. Jack’s quite a character, flirting with guys and gals alike but signaling gayness loud and clear to any viewer primed to receive.
As Jack, Barrowman's is not your established Saturday evening telly-homo performance. We’re accustomed to camp comperes, but not to an action hero with a certain kind of shine in his eyes. Last night he presented an authored documentary in the form of a quest into the mystery of his own sexuality. For all the reasons above I watched with interest and sympathy. Yet the programme was a missed opportunity.