Great LezBritain exclusive: New characters, new drama in Season 2 of “Lip Service”


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We know you’ve missed Lip Service. It’s been difficult for us all. We’ve all been going about our lives like normal lesbians, but inside our heads we’ve had questions. Endless questions. Like, Frankie or DS Murray? Can Tess keep her acting job? Is Sadie still swaggering around the streets of Glasgow dressed as Pocahontas? Will Frankie’s new mum take her to the park? Will Cat ever get that bloody tea stain out of the carpet?

Unfortunately, BBC3 and Kudos have announced that you’ll have to wait until 2012 for these answers to be revealed on your screens.Yes, that is a long time. But let’s focus on the second, more positive part of their announcement; the streets of Glasgow are once again awash with above average beautiful women because series two filming is underway. The show is definitely back.

Here’s what writer and show creator Harriet Braun has to say:

I’m delighted that this second series has given me a chance to develop more compelling stories for our characters as well as mixing things up with some new and intriguing faces.

Note the use of the words “develop” and “compelling” and “intriguing.” We’re excited by these words.

Derek Wax, executive producer, Kudos Film and Television added, “The world and characters Harriet created captured people’s imaginations in a way we could never have anticipated.  It is so exciting to be back in Glasgow working with her, our tremendous cast and such an amazing Scottish team on the second series.”

Last year, Lip Service became the most talked about show, with the highest amount of internet traffic ever for a broadcast on BBC3. And let’s not be modest about this, we all know that this is in large part because you Lip Servants logged on and created a delightful online community around the show. You Tweeted, Facebooked, iPlayered, tumbld and blogged and powerful people listened and responded. If we’re honest, you all have far too much time on your hands, but let’s overlook this and just say, well done, one and all.

Once again we will be your eyes and ears for series two, bringing you all of the best chat and gossip from Lip Service towers. Here are the first five important things that we feel you must know about series two right now.

Most of the original cast is back


Let’s do the register shall we? Frankie/ Eleanor? Present. Cat-the-cheater? Present. Lovely little Tess? Present. The Hot Cop? Present. The Artful Dodgeress. Present. Ed-the-fist? Present. Jay-germeister? Present. Lou? Lou? Lou? Hmm no sign of Lou. Condolences to Roxanne Fans.

Heather Peace (DS Sam Murray) tells us that being back on set is like a little family reunion: “It’s been really lovely working with everyone again. As soon as we all got together, it was like we just picked up from where we left off. I’m loving the scripts and exploring a little bit more of Sam. Really, I’ve just got the best job ever.”

Ruta Gedmintas (Frankie) added: “I love being back with the cast and crew again. The storylines this series are great and unexpected. I’ve never reprised a role before…it’s quite fun to play around with a character you already know so well.”

There’s a major new character

Her name is Lexy, but we’re already calling her The Lexinator — for absolutely no reason at all, other than it sounds wicked when you say it really low and slow: The Lex-in-at-or. Try it when you read the next sentence. It seems like The Lexinator will be getting all involved with Frankie/Sam/ Cat. Exactly how, we do not yet know. Other things about Lexy — she’s Australian, a doctor and she looks like this.

This means she’s a delight to the eye, smart and has good access to drugs — which makes us think she and Frankie might get on. An additional fact you may be interested in — actress Anna Skellern is a fully qualified yoga instructor so is probably quite bendy. Probably.

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