Review of the lesbian drama, Lip Service. Broadcast in the UK on Friday 20th April 2012. The second series of the BBC’s Lip Service began on 20th April.
*Warning: May Contain Spoilers*
It’s the UK’s version of The L Word, and follows a group of lesbians living – not in sunny LA, but in the rather less temperate climate of Glasgow, Scotland.
The show’s main players are Frankie: (The L Word’s Shane character), her ex, Cat: (Bette); Cat’s new girlfriend Sam, and their bubbly actress friend Tess: (Dana).
The drama began in 2010, with sometime photographer Frankie returning to the UK after having thrown Architect Cat’s life into turmoil when she’d bailed-out of their relationship and suddenly disappeared off to New York.
Cat had been devastated, and – two years on – after an initially unsuccessful blind date, (having felt unable to trust the unreliable Frankie when she’d told her she wanted them to get back together), Cat began a relationship with Detective Sergeant Sam Murray.
Series Two starts with Cat and Sam (having since moved in together), arriving back from a month-long trip to South America, but Frankie’s still hoping there’s a chance for them, and when Cat goes to visit her the pair share a passionate kiss.
Despite Cat’s resolve, it’s not long before they start an affair, but Cat’s in turmoil and is torn between the guilt/desire she still feels for Frankie and her love for Sam.
Frankie’s housemate (aspiring actress, Tess), is in a new relationship with sporty soccer-playing Fin, but is she attracted to their new housemate; Aussie doctor, Lexy?
Like with The L Word; watching Lip Service might lead you to believe that all lesbians live in a little ‘gay’ village surrounded by their loving, supportive lesbian chums, but – that aside – the show started with a bang; was fast-paced; often funny, and lined up more than enough interesting characters and possible sub-plots to get you ‘hooked’.
The role of DS Sam Murray is played by Heather Peace: an English actress and musician whose portrayal of the (initally 'bit-part') character Sam, has resulted in a tremendous surge in her popularity within the lesbian community.
Heather is openly gay, and came 18th in the lesbian/bisexual website AfterEllen.com's ‘Hot 100’ list in 2011. She has over 26,000 Twitter followers; her debut album is out in May, and she's also recently joined the cast of the BBC TV drama Waterloo Road.
The opening episode (and the entire first Series), is available on the BBC’s iPlayer service.