OCTOBER 12: Lip Service premieres (2010)

On this day in 2010, the television
series Lip Service premiered. Centering
the lives of a group of lesbians living in Glasgow, Scotland, the series ran
for two seasons before being canceled by the BBC.

Like with The L-Word, Her Story, and
just about any form of media that dares to represent women who love women, lesbian
viewers flocked to Lip Service from
the moment it first premiered on BBC Three on October 12, 2010. The show’s main
gang of friends included Cat, Frankie, Tess, and Sam – played by Heather
Pearce, who was the only lesbian actress to be playing a lesbian character on
the show. Series creator and head writer Harriet Braun was asked by BBC Three
to create “a UK-based lesbian drama,” but it was eventually damned by the
studio itself after being moved to a less popular time slot in its second
season, lowering its viewership and resulting in its cancellation in 2012.

Say what you will about Lip
Service
– its poor writing, loose grasp on real lesbian lives and aesthetics, or its just overall
corniness at times – the show is testament to the fact that lesbians will rally behind
and remember for years to come any television show, movie, or piece of media
that takes on the challenge of telling lesbian stories in such a dismally
straight world.

-LC

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