12 Best Lesbian Couples on UK TV

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Back in April, I wrote a piece about the best lesbian couples on TV and like the silly noob that I am, I forgot to put that it was American shows only…whoops.

As such, a lot of you in the comments sections rightly pointed out that I had missed out some of your favorite lesbian couples on UK TV, so as a peace offering, I have compiled a list of the best lesbian couples on UK TV.

For reference on how I chose these pairings, they had to be on shows that I actually watched while they were on the air or that I was able to view in the past month. I’ve also picked only one coupling per show because otherwise there would be certain programs that would dominate the list.

As I’ll be discussing storylines (and endings), be warned that there are spoilers ahead.

 

Kim and Saint from Sugar Rush

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When Sugar Rush came out, I was about 15 and this was the first show featuring a lesbian main character that I’d seen, which was specifically aimed at teens- it was even featured in all the teen girl magazines that I got at the time and that seemed like a really big deal to me then.

For most of the series, Kim harbors an almost obsessive love for her best friend Sugar, but Sugar relentlessly teases Kim about her sexuality, possibly not realizing how much this hurt Kim. It also seemed to me at times that Sugar knew how bad Kim’s infatuation was and used it for her own gain.

This relationship understandably causes friction between Kim and her girlfriend Saint, who appears in the show’s second season, because who wants to date a girl who’s in love with their bestie? Still Kim and Saint weathered infidelity, a breakup, a suicide attempt and by the end of the series, they were moving in together.

 

Ruby and Ali from Emmerdale

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When Ruby and Ali first arrive in Emmerdale Village, they are embarking on a fresh start together; Ali having left her husband for Ruby and taken her children with her.

For the first few weeks, the couple is dogged by the return of Ali’s husband who still believes they can make it work.  It seems like the reality of life together may be more than Ruby had expected. Nevertheless, the pair makes it through the rocky patch and maintain their strong relationship- Ruby even teaches Ali to read which is one of the sweetest things ever.

Their domestic bliss was brought to an end when a helicopter crash kills Ruby because… Dead Lesbian Trope.

 

Sam and Cat from Lip Service


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When I talked to friends about this pairing, I found out that my opinion is quite unpopular and that many people think that Sam deserved better and I mean… I know what you’re talking about, but I still loved them at the time and it’s my list, so here they are.

Anxious architect Cat is re-entering the dating scene on a blind date where she met impulsive police officer Sam. Although the date doesn’t go particularly well, the couple is able to move on from it and even take a trip to South America.

Unfortunately Cat’s ex-Frankie, a wild, free-spirited photographer, who dumped Cat two years prior to the series start, constantly threatens their relationship. Cat (stupidly!) has an affair with Frankie during the end of season one/ start of season two.

Then Cat dies, on her birthday, no less, which I’d argue is less an example of the Dead Lesbian trope and more a moralization about fidelity. But it leaves Sam devastated until the end of the series.

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