Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (April 25, 2008)

AE reader BigRed tipped us off that this Monday, April 28, BBC One is premiering a new daytime drama, Out of the Blue, which includes two lesbian characters (the show will debut in Australia later this year). According to its official site:

Set in the beautiful Australian beach resort of Manly, Out of the Blue is a weekday drama about blue sky, sun and surf and the storms that sometimes rip through when you least expect. The series opens when a group of thirty-something friends return to their home town for a high school reunion. Celebrations run high until things are brought to an abrupt end when one of the gang is found dead.

As the remainder of the group and their friends and families become embroiled in a murder investigation, friendships are challenged and loyalties are torn as they set out to discover who amongst them is a killer. When the answer is revealed, life in Manly will never be the same again.

Quick, see if you can spot the lesbians in this cast photo! (Actually, see if you can see anything in this photograph besides the blinding whiteness of the cast.)

Here, I’ll make it easier for you: The happy (?) lesbian couple is Poppy (Katherine Hicks, left) and Peta (Daisy Betts).


First we have Poppy, who "has three unfinished university degrees and has dabbled in floristry, midwifery, anthropology and abseiling instruction, among other things." (I have no idea what "abseiling instruction" is, but it doesn’t sound good.) Poppy’s official bio reads:

Poppy’s the most left of centre out of all her friends and skips through life with a deep love for spontaneity and adventure. She has some truly mature insights into the workings of the human heart and a keen ability for exploring previously unchartered territory.

Good thing she likes unchartered territory, since her girlfriend Peta is a lawyer who has been working in a remote aboriginal community for the last two years. Peta’s official bio describes her as:

… smart, educated and sharp as a whip. She’s a proud supporter of the underdog and fights dearly against conformity and social wrongdoings, especially now she’s a lawyer. Exciting and elegant, Peta’s never shied away from expressing herself fully and verbally, even from a young age.

A lesbian who’s never shied away from expressing herself? What kind of far-fetched fairy tale are they peddling here?

BBC has ordered 130 episodes to start with, which means hours of lesbian drama (or lack thereof, if they follow the American daytime television model). By the time we find out who the killer is, we probably won’t care, but just in case, I’m going to make my guess now: It’s the blond lesbian with the abseiling instruction manual in the lounge. Someone email me in a year and tell me if I’m right.

"Whether you’re a straight woman or a gay woman, you want to be in control of who and what you are, and who you are as a sexual entity is a big chunk of who you are as a whole, so when you say I am this, you are owning that, you are controlling it. When straight women had the sexual revolution and they said, ‘Hey, I’m in charge of my own sexuality. I can have sex and enjoy sex,’ they all did. Men couldn’t take it away from them. And the gay community, when you say, I am gay, you own it. No one can take it away from you."
Amber Benson to OutSmart magazine on why people come out

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