Give Me Some Sweet British “Lip Service”
It’s been a long time (if we can call 2009 a long time ago) since that notorious hot group of L.A. lesbians disappeared from our television screens, and, to be honest, there’s been kind of a void there that really can’t be filled by the likes of Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, Jersey Couture, and Real Housewives of New Jersey (though it’s rather amusing to see the rest of the country – and world, for that matter – so Jersey-obsessed right now (*cough*BENNIESGOHOME*cough*).
Well, the void is still there as far as mainstream lesbian-themed American programming is concerned. Logo of course offers re-runs of Exes and Ohs and the British Bad Girls - which, by the way, ran for an impressive eight seasons – but there’s nothing new and lesbian on screen right now, as far as I know, at least not until Showtime, riding high after the popularity of The Real L Word, picks up Real Lesbians of the Jersey Shore (hint, hint!).
So I went searching … and found a tagline that immediately piqued my interest (and kinda made me quivver, not gonna lie): “Sex, lies and true love in modern Scotland.” First of all, being a graduate of a famous (even more so now) Scottish university myself, I’m always attracted to anything related to the British isles, and second, I could tell from the promo pictures that this show was all about women. Sex and the City revisited, perhaps? But no … these are lesbians. British lesbians. Hot, twenty-something, British lesbians. Hello, ladies!
Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, we “colonials,” as some British friends of mine used to call us, we can now enjoy a program that debuted on the UK’s BBC Three in October 2010: Lip Service. Centered around a group of lesbian professionals in the infamous city of Glasgow (as an aside, most of the characters sound English – but then again, many people, Brits included, find the Glaswegian accent extremely hard to understand, though it sounds so cool), the girls try to find their way through careers, sex, and relationships while dealing with all of the same issues that we American lesbians face.
It’s an entertaining show, and I’m sure Logo will find a way to get some episodes running over here in due course (we can hope!). It’s also reassuring that Lip Service has been signed on for a second season, which means critical response and viewership was, on the whole, quite good.
Watch the trailer for the first season below. And do note that Frankie – think of the British version of Shane – has the same haircut as about 65% of the lesbians I saw in London the last time I was there, haha.