We heart the director
What are two of the very best shows ever to be shown on the British
tellybox? If you’ve said The Only Way Is Essex and Katie and Peter: The Next
Chapter, then go straight to the mirror and really look at yourself. If
you’ve said, This Life (Anna and Miles forever IDST) and Teachers (It’s Egg,
but it isn’t) then you would be absolutely right and we’d send a prize if we
had the time. The point is that the director of many episodes for both of these
wonderful shows was Sallie Aprahamian, and Sallie is in the director’s chair
for this series of Lip Service. This is a good thing lesbians. The new series
is going to have a lot of s–t-hot wonky camera-work.
The Small Spaces Competition
The Lip Servants take their jobs very seriously. They have early nights, drink a lot of tea and study their scripts until word perfect. They’ve also become friends, cooking for each other and supporting each other emotionally after a long day. But, amongst this loveliness, there is an ugly competition threatening to rip apart the tranquility of the set — its Ruta v. Heather in the #smallspacescompetition.
The rules are, there are no rules. Each actress simply has to curl herself into any small space she can find and Tweet the results for the fans to vote on. At the moment, Ruta is 3-2 in the lead after some shameful cheating by Heather. It should be noted that no one has actually seen Heather or Ruta for a couple of days, so do be careful if you happen across a thimble or a small paper bag because there may be an actress stuck inside.
There are even more new faces
We don’t have confirmed characters for them all yet, but they look bloody
lovely don’t they? You’ll recognise Irish actress Sinead Keenan from the
brilliant Being Human. There’s nothing we’d like more than for her to morph into her werewolf character at Rubies one night. Someone in charge, please make this happen.
You might also recognise Neve McIntosh from Bodies, plus she played the
Silurian sisters in Doctor Who, which means she’s met Matt Smith. Showbiz.
Lastly, there is the lovely Alana Hood, whose presence means that Heather Peace
is no longer the only out actress in the Lip Service village. You may have seen
the Scottish actress previously on River City and most recently The Field Of
She told us that she’s having a ball on set so far. “It was pretty surreal
on the first day for the read through meeting the entire cast. I’d watched the show
last year and it was so funny to suddenly be sitting around a big table with
them thinking oh yeah, I’m actually in this show this year. Everyone has been so
welcoming and made the new people feel so comfortable. The girls are all really
lovely and I think it’s gonna be great fun.”
Raising the lesbro quota is new character Declan Love. He’s described as an
“irreverent gay doctor” — but on the work section of his Facebook profile, it
probably just says “doctor.” The irreverent Doc is played by Adam Sinclair who
was in Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy.
We can Make it Award-winning
Lip Service is eligible to be shortlisted for Best New Drama at the TV
Choice awards. It faces stiff competition from the massively popular Downtown
Abbey, which means actually winning will be difficult. But, if the show can
reach the final shortlist alongside the likes of Downtown, it would make a huge
difference for lesbian visibility and push the show into the mainstream
consciousness. So Lip Servants, let us vote together, let us vote with passion
and let us rejoice in the power of collective achievement when they announce
the shortlist and show Shavegate live on ITV before the watershed. You can vote
here until Friday 10 June.
“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.