Great LezBritian" is a fortnightly stroll through the very best of
Almost a year has past since the fateful evening that we rather drunkenly bumped into Karman Kregloe and Dara Nai in West Hollywood, and insisted on regaling them with tales of lesbian-flavoured British TV. For hours, we told them about our favourite Bad Girls moments: Yvonne, Shell and of course, “I don’t want a man. I want a woman,” the differences between Tipping The Velvet, the TV adaptation (amaze) and Tipping The Velvet, the book (amazeballs), and how we felt about the cancellation of Sugar Rush: sad and perplexed.
We’re not sure if it was because Karman and Dara could see that Jack Daniels had done some damage to our emotions and wanted us to go home, or they wanted to stop us getting quite so angry over Sonia Jackson’s rubbish lesbian frisson, but whatever it was, it led to us skipping out of the bar as the new British correspondents for AfterEllen.com.
We duly returned to the motherland and began to wonder how we could possibly fill a bi-monthly column focusing on lesbian culture in the UK. In 2009, we struggled to see all the Black Muslim lesbians that Jeremy Clarkson claimed were on our tellybox. Indeed, we struggled to see lesbians on mainstream TV, or music, or anywhere at all. Except in our own house, that is.
So, we made a decision to just make up fictional lady-gays and lesbie storylines in the hope that the Americans would never know the difference. We thought what joy we could have with pretend lesbians doing outlandish pretend things. Yet, thankfully for all concerned, 2010 actually turned into quite a lesbionic year – it certainly wasn’t jam-packed by Sapphic happenings but it allowed us to fill our bi-monthly quota very well indeed.
We had Naomily on Skins, 6 episodes of Lip Service, Joanna Briscoe‘s Sleep With Me on ITV, The BBC’s The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Lady Sov on Celebrity Big Brother, Shabby and Corin on Normal Person Big Brother, and Mary Portas and her Queen of Shops series.
The return of Skin and Skunk Anansie. Sian and Sophie on Coronation Street. Sue Perkins on lots of BBC things. The continued wonder of The News Quiz with Sandi Toksvig. The xx winning the Mercury Music Prize and Clare Balding transforming from sports presenter into a full blown lesbian icon and Twitter star. Stella Duffy, Emma Donoghue, Louise Welsh and Jackie Kay released absolutely stunning new novels. Brilliant.
So upon reflection, we give 2010 a fairly decent 2.75 out of a possible five Danni Minogues, and we have high hopes for 2011.
The new year will commence with a new show called Famous & Fearless presented by La Balding on Channel 4 from January 2-7, Mary Portas will also unveil a new show on Channel 4, Skins makes a return, plus we should know very soon about the second series of Lip Service.
In music happenings, Heather Peace (Lip Service) is setting out on her first ever, full UK tour, April 1-15. Shabby’s Voodoo Hussy will make an appearance on the festival circuit. Joanna Briscoe has a new book published in July and joy of joys, Sarah Waters‘ The Night Watch (our joint-second-favourite Waters book) is being adapted for television by the BBC.
But less of our reminiscing and what we’re eager beaver for in 2011. Let us go forth and find out what some of the aforementioned wondrous women thought of this past year. And while we’re at it, let’s see what they’re planning and looking forward to in the next.
Shabby Katchadourian, Singer – Voodoo Hussy
My highlights of 2010 were entering, then swiftly quitting the last series of Big Brother, being forced to publicly face up to, and thereby, deal with my personal issues and insecurities, regrouping with my band Voodoo Hussy and heading out on our first tour. Some of the dates were postponed due to heinous snow but hey, that just means we get to hit the road again sooner. Also, starting my T-shirt line, “Rainclouds of Doom,” and being in a position to help teenagers struggling with their sexuality.
My goals for 2011 are looking forward to the TV show I will be appearing in, recording the album, touring and hitting the festival circuit with Voodoo Hussy – we’re possibly even heading State-side – steering my T-shirt line towards a more skate apparel range, getting better at longboarding, and finding myself a wifey. Hopefully, there’ll be heaps of surprises along the way too. Bring it on!