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Lesbian drama ‘Lip Service’ cancelled after two seasons

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  1. It would be interesting to see if – given DVD release and international market pick-up – if this show was one of the programmes the BBC makes that is financially in the black (I can’t think there is much of a market for dancing shows with Q list celebs that many British people can’t identify).

    In which case, a good reason for cancelling should be given.

    That said, I thought it was ridiculous and not very well made. But at least it existed and had a go at telling a story of LGBT interest that wasn’t the ever-tedious tropes of coming out/identity angst/fear etc that we see over and over as token characters.

    1. “But at least it existed and had a go at telling a story of LGBT interest that wasn’t the ever-tedious tropes of coming out/identity angst/fear etc that we see over and over as token characters.”

      Spot on.

    2. The last series LOST two thirds of it’s audience. Sounds like a good reason.

      1. Should never have pandered to the actor who left. Re-cast her and carry on with the story as intended – sure re-casts are shocking, but so is a character getting run over by a car.

        The marketing was pathetic and inadequate, they made it and then sat on it for months (just like they did with the first season) and the whole thing made people wonder why the product felt like it was being scuppered when it has international appeal.

  2. It was poorly promoted, I felt. I was waiting for the second series to start and then only by chance did I see that it had already started and I’d missed tow episodes!

    No little feature slot in the TV listings like they often do, no mention in any media that I saw, no ads on TV that I saw. The first season was much better promoted.

    1. mickie_newton 16 Jan 2013, 1:20am

      I managed not to miss any, but it was by pure chance I spotted an add that it had returned :(

  3. friday jones 15 Jan 2013, 11:41pm

    The name of the program sounds like some straight dude’s idea of a pun. Because, tee hee, lips, tee hee. Sigh.

    1. The writer was a woman and gay.

    2. I kind of agree, but Lip Service is also slang for female to female oral sex. I found that a little cheap.

  4. mickie_newton 16 Jan 2013, 1:17am

    So annoyed with the BBC!! We waited, what felt like for ever for the second series. It wasn’t promoted or anything, or at least not as most BBC drama is! Now we have nothing out there. Ok it wasn’t always perfect and it didn’t away’s represent ALL gay women, but what does represent ALL demographics?

    Now it’s back to watching other relationship shows that I can hardly relate too because it’s straight straight straight!!!

    Even ‘The New Normal’ is no good because it’s two stereo typical gay men!

    Will just have to buy the DVDs…Got series 1 O_o

  5. Peter & Michael 16 Jan 2013, 6:54am

    Not surprised by this action by the BBC, this organisation has been prejudiced against LGBT people in the past and one can look at the BBC weekly tv schedules which never include gay interest events nor programmes. Not much hope for a LGBT couple in strictly dancing then !

  6. I tried to watch some of the first series and I have to say I have seen better acting at a primary school.

    I agree that we need more, accurate representation on TV but I think that the BBC is not best placed for that, even on BBC3

  7. I watched some of the first series but stopped when the main character Frankie slept with a man despite being a lesbian. I’ve lost count if the number of tv programmes over the years where gay characters have straight sex, even if it is just a drunken one night stand.

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