Great LezBritain: At Your “Lip Service” — Ten Things We Found Out On Set

 
 

7.) Heather Peace had been offered a part in Coronation Street whilst she was waiting to hear whether she had been chosen to be in Lip Service. She obviously turned the Street down when she was offered the part of Sam. Yes, I don’t think we would turn down the chance to kiss Laura Fraser either, if truth be told.

Heather Peace

8.) All of the Lip Servants had watched and been enamoured by their assumed US counterpart The L Word. Ruta was watching it during filming, calling it "research," while Laura Fraser told us that she was halfway through season two but loving it so much that she had ordered the remaining box sets. One of Laura’s favourite characters is Dana. We didn’t have the heart to tell her that soon she’ll never be able to hear the song "You Are My Sunshine" ever again without breaking down, uncontrollably screaming, "Damn you, Chaiken. Why?"

Laura Fraser

9.) Although the show is set in Glasgow, only James Anthony Pearson (Ed) and Laura Fraser are actually Glaswegian.  James said one of the best things about being on Lip Service was being able to walk to work and that he was proud of how great Glasgow looks on screen, "like downtown New York."  Despite the fact that he has been nominated for a BAFTA and we’d just told him that our readers would be MUCH less interested in him, he still made us a coffee while we interviewed Fiona Button. That’s the kind of fella he is.

 Fiona Button

10.) The show is REALLY good. Okay so we’ve only seen episode one so far and a few scenes during filming and you might say, "Whoa, don’t get ahead of yourselves." But all of the indications are positive. The acting is really strong, the script is sharp, the actors are on the right side of gorgeous and the actual look of the show is very British — in fact its gritty, cool-factor means that it actually has a lot more in common with other Brit dramas like This Life than The L Word.

So the countdown begins. Great LezBritain will become Lip Service central for the next couple of months as we bring you exclusive interviews with all cast members from the set and recap the series. It all begins with an interview here on AfterEllen.com with show creator Harriet Braun on October 4. Enjoy, lady lovers.

"Great LezBritain" authors Sarah, a Londoner, and Lee, a Glaswegian, met in a gay discotheque one bleak mid winter, eight years ago and have been shacked up together ever since. When not watching Tipping The Velvet, they find time to write, run a PR company, DJ at their own club nights and love a bit of jam on toast. Follow them on Twitter at greatlezbritain.

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