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The Split: SundanceTV Unveils First Look at Divorce Drama Series

It seems like divorce talks are heating up. SundanceTV has released two first look photos from season one of The Split TV show. Check them out, above and below. Creator Abi Morgan is writing the six-episode modern relationship saga and is executive producing with Director Jessica Hobbs. The Split premieres on SundanceTV in the Us and BBC One in UK, in 2018. A divorce law drama, The Split stars Nicola Walker, Annabel Scholey, Deborah Findlay, Anthony Head, Rudi Dharmalingam, Stephen Mangan, Meera Syal, Fiona Button, Barry Atsma, and Stephen Tompkinson. Guest stars in the first season of The Split include Mathew Baynton, Tanya Franks, Chanel Cresswell, Tamara Lawrance. and Claire Rushbrook. Read More…
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‘The Split’: First Look At SundanceTV & BBC One Divorce Drama

SundanceTV and BBC One have released first-look images of Abi Morgan's divorce drama The Split, produced by Jane Featherstone's Sister Pictures. The six-part drama stars Stephen Mangan (Episodes) and Nicola Walker (River, Last Tango in Halifax) alongside Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me), Fiona Button (Lip Service), Deborah Findlay (Leaving), Annabel Scholey (Being Human) and Barry Atsma (Hector and the Search for Happiness). It…
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TV News Roundup: LeBron James to Executive Produce NBA Documentary for Showtime

TV News Roundup: LeBron James to Executive Produce NBA Documentary for Showtime
In today’s roundup, Showtime announces an NBA documentary with executive producer LeBron James, and FX sets premiere dates for “You’re the Worst” and “Better Things.”

Development

Showtime announced a multi-part NBA documentary film with executive producers LeBron James, Maverick Carter, and filmmaker Gotham Chopra. The untitled three-part series examines the modern history and evolution of the National Basketball Association and the league’s impact on popular culture, and it is slated to premiere on Showtime in 2018.

Premiere Dates

Game Show Network announced the premiere of “Snap Decision,” a half-hour game show series hosted by actor and comedian David Alan Grier. “Snap Decision” will debut with four back-to-back episodes on Monday, Aug. 7 from 9-11 p.m. Et/Pt on Gsn, and then will move to its regular Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Et/Pt the following night, Aug. 8. The comedy game show asks, “What can you tell about a person just by looking at them?” with
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Abi Morgan's female lawyer series 'The Split' casts up

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BBC One, Sundance TV series heading into production.

Abi Morgan’s BBC One and Sundance TV drama The Split has cast up ahead of production, which kicks off in London next week.

Nicola Walker [pictured centre] (Four Weddings And A Funeral) will lead the six-part drama, alongside Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me), Stephen Mangan [pictured right] (Episodes), Fiona Button (Lip Service), Deborah Findlay (Leaving), Annabel Scholey (Being Human), Barry Atsma (Hector And The Search For Happiness) and Stephen Tompkinson (Dci Banks).

Written by Morgan [pictured left], whose credits include Shame, The Iron Lady and The Hour, the series counts Jane Featherstone as an executive producer under her new banner Sister Pictures.

Broadchurch director Jessica Hobbs is directing, with Black Mirror’s Lucy Dyke producing.

The series is an exploration of modern marriage and the legacy of divorce told through the lens of the Defoes, a family of female lawyers working in London’s divorce circuit.

It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, controller of BBC
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Grantchester

Network: PBS. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates (Us): January 18, 2015 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie, Tessa Peake-Jones, Al Weaver, Kacey Ainsworth, Tom Austen, Seline Hizli, Pip Torrens, Pheline Roggan, Fiona Button, Oliver Dimsdale, and Lorne MacFayden. TV show description: Set in the 1950s, in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester, the Grantchester TV show is a British detective drama based on James Runcie's Grantchester Mysteries. The story centers on sleuthing Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers (Norton) and his partner in crime-fighting, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Green). Young, amiable, attractive, and appealing, Sidney loves warm beer, hot jazz, and his black Labrador, Dickens. A modest and diligent man, Sidney works hard
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Why the next Doctor Who should be a woman

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In a recent AfterEllen huddle, we were asked what we would change about television if we could, and I answered that I would give a woman a shot at the titular role of Doctor Who. Well, clearly Matt Smith reads this website because barely a month later he announced his departure from the show, following the upcoming Christmas special. This is kind of sad news, given that the Internet has only just stopped referring to Smith as "the new Doctor," but since the franchise will carry on, so must we. And now that a change in lineup is set to occur, it's time to weigh in on who we'd like to wield the sonic screwdriver.

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Since its inception, 11 actors have helmed the Tardis. They have been young and old, serious and whimsical, but they have all had a couple of things in common.
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'Lip Service': BBC Three axes lesbian drama after two series

'Lip Service': BBC Three axes lesbian drama after two series
BBC Three has cancelled lesbian drama Lip Service, the show's creator has announced. Harriet Braun, also the show's executive producer, revealed that the corporation hasn't yet offered an explanation for the decision. Set in Glasgow, the programme centred around a group of gay women and starred the likes of Laura Fraser, Ruta Gedmintas, Fiona Button and Heather Peace. Lip Service pulled in strong ratings when it launched in 2010, but lost a third of its audience when BBC Three chose to move the show from a late Tuesday night (more)
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BBC Three axes lesbian drama 'Lip Service' after two series

BBC Three axes lesbian drama 'Lip Service' after two series
BBC Three has cancelled lesbian drama Lip Service, the show's creator has announced. Harriet Braun, also the show's executive producer, revealed that the corporation hasn't yet offered an explanation for the decision. Set in Glasgow, the programme centred around a group of gay women and starred the likes of Laura Fraser, Ruta Gedmintas, Fiona Button and Heather Peace. Lip Service pulled in strong ratings when it launched in 2010, but lost a third of its audience when BBC Three chose to move the show from a late Tuesday night (more)
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Win Lip Service Season 2 on DVD!

To Celebrate the release of the second series of hit lesbian drama Lip Service on DVD and Blu-ray, we’ve got three DVD copies to give away!

After the breakthrough success of season 1, cult hit lesbian drama, Lip Service returns for a second series – available on DVD and Blu-ray on 18 June from Universal Playback.

Lip Service is the ground-breaking TV drama series packed with irreverent humour and sexual passion as a group of twenty-something, lesbian and gay friends search for happiness.

Laura Fraser (A Knight’s Tale, Virtual Sexuality), Emun Elliot (Game of Thrones, Black Death), Heather Peace (Waterloo Road, London’s Burning), Ruta Gedmintas (Spooks, The Borgias), Anna Skellern (W.E., The Descent: Part 2), Natasha O’Keeffe (Filth) and Fiona Button (The Palace, We’ll Take Manhattan) star in the six-part drama set in the heart of Glasgow from Harriet Braun, (Mistresses, Hotel Babylon).

Series two kicks off with
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Morning Brew - Wednesday, Feb. 1: Heather Peace guest edits for "G3," Sarah Paulson in "Game Change"

It's officially February! Are you dreading Valentine's Day yet? Excited about it? Couldn't care less? Awesome!

Heather Peace was the guest editor of G3's love issue and she shares the cover with her Lip Service co-star Fiona Button. Cute!

Jane Lynch will be hosting The 14th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in Los Angeles on February 21. She's definitely a great host, so they've got a winner in Ms. Lynch.

Speaking of Jane, I'm glad to see her in the promo for next week's Glee, which also stars Ricky Martin.

Can Glee learn some things from Degrassi? Probably. Palex kissed sometimes!

Have you been watching Alcatraz? Out actress Geri Jewell was on this week's episode and will start showing up more. I need to find it and watch, but she's been getting rave reviews for her role. Geri told Access Hollywood:

“n a scene that I filmed for this coming episode,
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BBC3 announces second series of "Lip Service"

The BBC has announced that there will indeed be a Season 2 for UK lesbian television series Lip Service. According to the press release, series creator Harriet Braun stated:

I am incredibly happy to be given this opportunity to take the characters forward and to allow all of our loyal viewers a chance to get to know them even better. I've got some great twists, turns and surprises up my sleeve for series two.

Via Facebook, BBC Three announced today:

Something for your Christmas stocking: Lip Service series 2 is go! Thank you for all your messages of support. Here's to a very happy New Year!

The series has enjoyed unrelenting fan support online and had an average audience of over half a million across all six episodes.  

 The show's cast includes Ruta Gedmintas, Fiona Button, and out actress Heather Peace. One of the stars, Laura Fraser, has already joined the cast
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Great LezBritain: Interview with Fiona Button of "Lip Service"

"Great LezBritian" is a fortnightly stroll through the very best of British lesbo-centric entertainment and culture. Plus there will be some jolly good interviews with the top ladies who are waving the flag for gay UK.

This is sadly the last of our Lip Servant interviews, even though Fiona Button was actually the first Lip Servant that we interviewed – before we had seen any of the show, or ever seen her act in a scene on set.

On the day we met, she was ready for the botox scene with Ed, and she and James were hanging out in the green room, having a laugh and behaving very much like we’ve seen Ed and Tess behave for the last five weeks. We did the interview, drank James’ coffee and left thinking that they were lovely, genuine people and wrote up the interview.

Then we saw the first episode and
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Great LezBritain: "Lip Service" Recap – Episode Five

It's the morning after the night before, and the camera pans down lustfully on Frankie's naked body as she lies in bed alone. Something tells us Jay probably isn't in the kitchen whipping them up some scrambled eggs.

She picks up her own camera looking for some visual reminders of last night's drunken debauchery and is presented with Shave-gate, Jay and general shame. She lingers over a close-up picture of herself – all running mascara and smeared lipstick and quite rightly decides that it's not one for Facebook. Instead, she deletes it and leaps out of bed. Frankie has what we call in Britain on a morning like this, "The Fear."

DS Murray admirers will right now be screen-grabbing like their very lives depend on it as the hot cop writhes around in bed, semi-naked, while Cat pleasures her downstairs.

The climax is so intense for the hot cop that when
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Great LezBritain: Interview with Ruta Gedmintas from "Lip Service"

"Great LezBritian" is a fortnightly stroll through the very best of British lesbo-centric entertainment and culture. Plus there will be some jolly good interviews with the top ladies who are waving the flag for gay UK.

When we first went onto the Lip Service set, we cannot tell a lie, it was Ruta Gedmintas that first caught our eye. We can thank series creator, Harriet Braun for suggesting the frankly delicious haircut, but we must give her parents and genetics a massive high five for the rest.

Our interview with Ruta took place during filming back in December. In person, she was intense, thoughtful and extremely articulate. She talked passionately about the show and had obviously spent a lot of time studying and coming to grips with the role of Frankie.

Since the first episode aired, two things have been made clear to us; Frankie is undoubtedly the most divisive
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Great LezBritain: "Lip Service" Recap – Episode One

"Great LezBritian" is a fortnightly stroll through the very best of British lesbo-centric entertainment and culture. Plus there will be some jolly good interviews with the top ladies who are waving the flag for gay UK.

So here we are finally watching Lip Service after months and months of full on c--k-teasing by the BBC. It’s like we’ve been having a long-term online relationship with Lip Service and we’re finally meeting for the first time. We’ve dressed up and we’re a little bit drunk.

While we waited, we watched Anne Lister — which was really very good — but we’ll be glad of some modern day action. We also watched bits of The Real L Word so we’ll be glad of something that doesn’t make us feel violently sick.

The first scene opens on a sunny street.

Lee: But this doesn’t look like Glasgow?
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New BBC3 drama does more than pay Lip Service to realistic depictions of lesbians

More This Life than Queer As Folk, and with less baggage than The L Word, BBC3's Lip Service follows five lesbian friends in Glasgow. 'I became a bit insane,' says its star Ruta Gedmintas

BBC3's Lip Service isn't the world's first drama about lesbians – that accolade belongs to The L Word, which finished after six series in 2009 – but it is the first that Britain can claim as its own. The show's grey and drizzly Glasgow setting differentiates it from The L Word's sunny Californian sheen as does its sense of humour. And unlike its Los Angeles cousin, it's not driven by issues: there's no co-parenting, no gender transitioning, no horrific tales of coming out gone sour, and no killer cancers to educate the viewers with. It operates on the basis that gay women being gay isn't really a story at all, but that love and heartbreak,
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Great LezBritain: At Your "Lip Service" — Ten Things We Found Out On Set

"Great LezBritian" is a fortnightly stroll through the very best of British lesbo-centric entertainment and culture. Plus there will be some jolly good interviews with the top ladies who are waving the flag for gay UK.

The countdown clock may feel somewhat weighty whilst we sit tight in anticipation for Lip Service, the UK’s first lesbian specific drama to begin on BBC Three next month. But, fellow lesbians, we have something quite special to offer you to interrupt the passing of time.

Whilst we were on set, trying to sneak inconspicuously behind the extras to speak to cast and crew — often on the sly — we gathered lots of Lip Service tidbits that we kept in a box in a secret place. We’ve now ripped it open and, quite opposite to Pandora and her box, this free fall of information is sure to put smiles on many faces.

Here
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BBC Three announces autumn schedule

BBC Three announces autumn schedule
BBC Three has unveiled its new autumn schedule. The channel announced a range of programmes including drama, comedy and factual shows. New drama Lip Service stars Lara Frasa, Ruta Gedmintas and Fiona Button and focuses on a group of friends living in Scotland. The six-part series has been created by Mistresses and Hotel Babylon writer Harriet Braun and will be produced by Kudos, who also make Spooks. Comedies on the channel include new relationship drama Him And Her, starring Being Human's Russell Tovey, as well as new series of Ideal, How Not To Live Your Life and Russell Howard's Good News. Inbetweeners star Simon Bird will host new show The King Is Dead. BBC Three also revealed that the adult season will return for a second year. A series of four films called My Mum And Me will include one (more)
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