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New BBC3 drama does more than pay Lip Service to realistic depictions of lesbians

8 October 2010 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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, »

- Rebecca Nicholson

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