Lily Loveless and Jack Thorne reunite for “The Fades”


In the wide world of lesbian media, there are very few universally adored dream teams. Xena and Gabrielle, maybe. Willow and Tara. Naomi and Emily. And, of course, Lily Loveless and Jack Thorne.

Oh yes, you know Jack Thorne. He was a staff writer for the first generation of Skins and the the co-writer of Naomi’s series three episode. Cat-flap, blow-backs, oilz-and-stuff? That’s him. He also penned that mythical Skins movie we’ll never stop praying for. And he’s the award-winning writer of This Is England ‘86, Cast-offs, and The Scouting Book for Boys — but I’m pretty sure I lost you at blow-backs.

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Anyhoodle, Jack Thorne’s latest project is a fantasy series called The Fades, and at a MCM Expo London panel over the weekend, he revealed that he had Lily Loveless in mind to play Anna when he was writing the show. Which worked out well, since Lily Loveless signed on to play Anna as soon as BBC3 and BBC America gave it a six-episode pick-up. 

(Doesn’t it feel like the sun coming out after a storm every time The Loveless makes a public appearance? For all you Rophyites out there, I can confirm that Loveless was wearing jean shorts.) 

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Here’s what the Beeb says about The Fades:

Paul is a young man who is haunted by apocalyptic dreams that neither his therapist or best friend, Mac, can provide answers for. Worse still, Paul is starting to see the Fades – the spirits of the dead – all around him.

They’re everywhere but they can’t be seen, smelt, heard or touched by living beings. But now an embittered and vengeful Fade has found a way to break the barrier between the dead and the living and Paul, Mac and their friends and family are all right in the eye of the storm.

But the most terrifying twist is yet to come – the fate of humanity rests in the hands of the two friends who already have enough trouble getting through a day in one piece, let alone saving the world.

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Lily plays Paul’s twin sister: “Fierce and uncompromising, she finds being related to someone like Paul rather annoying.”

Fierce and uncompromising? Finds someone she loves rather annoying? Yeah, I can buy Loveless in that role.

Bleeding Cool was at the MCM Expo, and here’s how they described The Fades trailer:

The footage shown involved ghosty things, old men, sexy women, yoots, people with guns, and lots and lots of shadows. Oh and someone vomiting a live moth.

Sexy women? Another Loveless classic!

The Fades will air in early 2012 on BBC3 and BBC America. In the next few months, we should see trailers and promotional photos and all kinds of goodies. And if I was a betting woman, I’d wager that you’ll also see an interview with Lily by our Great LezBritain gals.

Will you watch a sci-fi drama by the dream team of Jack Thorne and Lily Loveless?

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