BBC3′s Lesbian Drama “Lip Service” Premieres in October, Starring ‘Frankie’ as ‘Shane’


Unreality TV has a new article about the hotly anticipated six-part BBC3 drama series Lip Service, which looks significantly better than The L Word because it’s not just Helena with a British accent, it’s everybody with a British accent! We have been excited about this for a long time and it was supposed to come out in the spring and it didn’t but good news! It’s really going to come out in October for real they swear:

Specifically, we are eagerly anticipating the debut of Frankie, played by Ruta Gedmintas (The Tudors, Spooks), “an irreverent and provocative photographer who avoids commitment at all turns.” Frankie is bisexual, sleeps with men, but “only falls in love with women.” That will probably offend somebody somewhere but who cares look at her:

Writer and creator Harriet Braun spoke to Unreality Prime Time:

“I wanted to create believable, multi-faceted characters that people can really identify with and also to mix comedy and drama. I wanted it to feel very real and often our most embarrassing moments can end up being very funny in retrospect. There’s also a mystery element to Lip Service that keeps you guessing.

“It was very important to me to that the lesbian characters in this story feel authentic to a lesbian audience. But I don’t think anyone could attempt to portray every member of a community in a drama – if they tried, they’d fail.

“Lip Service follows characters at a pivotal point in their lives – they’re either in their late-twenties or early-thirties. It’s a time when people are often frustrated about where they are in life and wonder if they’ll ever be the person they want to be. Or they’re aware they’ve made mistakes and don’t want to make the same mistakes again. You start to take stock and realise life isn’t a dress rehearsal.

“As a writer, I’m always most interested in what’s going on under the surface. So, it’s also about secrets. I think most of the characters, in one way or another, are hiding their emotions or fears and desires and it’s about the consequences of playing emotional games or not being honest with yourself or others.

If you live in someplace other than America, you can check out Shane on the cover of DIVA magazine and watch these “meet the characters” videos!


Ruh-roh. Lindsay Lohan confesses to failed drug test: Sadface.


Some douchebag tried to take pictures of Adam Lambert so that they could make a dirty dollar and Adam Lambert was like f*ck you leave me alone! And then the guy was like, “I’m such a gross excuse for a person that I’m actually going to press battery charges against you even though you didn’t actually attack me and the photos of the incident contradict my police report!” and Adam Lambert was like “seriously, bro?” and then TMZ was like oMGAGAWELIVEFORTHISSHIT.


Born This Way will be released in 2011 and Gagaloo is very, very excitant! “The album is my absolute greatest work I’ve ever done and I’m so excited about it. The message, the melodies, the direction, the meaning, what it will mean to my fans and what it will mean in my own life – it’s utter liberation. My fans have related to me as a human being and as a non-human being – as a super-human person that I truly am. Everyone tells me I’m arrogant but my music’s the only thing I’ve got, so you’ll have to let me be confident about one thing. I suppose that’s what you can expect from the album: a lot of hit records that will piss people off.

Beyoncé said: ‘Where the f**k do you get these ideas from?’ And I was like: ‘I don’t know Bee, it was just the way I was born‘.” (@digitalspy)

Also, a new article that argues at length that Lady Gaga isn’t the feminist icon you think she is. (@guardianuk)


Sue Sylvester‘s got a new nemesis who looks a little homogay. Meet the new Football Coach: Shannon Beiste (pronounced “beast”). (@tvguide) Also, take a first look at out actor Cheyenne Jackson (from 30 Rock) in his Glee debut.


Autostraddle partied like it was 2006 last Sunday as our very own Haviland Stillwell performed at Joe’s Pub with special guest Andrea McArdle. The highlight was probs their live collabo, the “Hurts So Good/I Like It Rough” mash-up, featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming Real L Word: Looking Back video teaser. (@broadwayworld)


Is working on a new album and is ready to ‘go there’ with singing about his personal life after finally coming out. His producer says:  “I’m really excited about the music, the content, because since he’s come out it’s unleashed his creativity and the scope of what he can sing about and say and do.” (@blackbookmag)


This Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance is aces. Part one of many. Kathy talks about: Oprah, Snooki, the VMAs, tweeting and naming her fans Kath-eters ala “little monsters.”

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  1. Dear Autostraddle:
    I love your website and especially your love for Adam. If you saw Daily10 on the E channel and the horrible homophobic piece on Adam and the Paps, you will notice that there is a HUGE outrage about it. You can see it on YouTube. As others have, I have complained to the FCC and the E channel and brought it to the attention of GLAAD and NOW. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out and please encourage people on your website to complain as well. There is a call for Michael Catherwood’s resignation. Personally, I would like to see the other “host” fired as well. Her name is Catt Sadler.
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  2. Yay! new possibly lesbian IRL people for my queer wee heart to obsess over! Ooo any body else gettin that special feelin your pants??! Please be good, I don’t want another IFC to roll my eyes at…

    Tho IFC did give me Helena Peabody, so give me one crush and il lurve th show, the same way I watch criminal minds to check out paget brewster, private practice for Kate walsh, friends for Rachels nipples etc, etc…. Hey, what can I say, I love looking at pretty things, hard nipples included! ;)

    • There IS BBC America, but I don’t think they usually air BBC shows in the states at the same time they’re aired in the UK. I remember having to wait a few months more for the new season of Doctor Who to air in the US. Which is lame. I’m sidereeling Lip Service for sure.

  3. Actually, the highlight of Haviland at Joe’s Pub was her all over the piano during “Glitter and Be Gay”. Damn.

    SO freaking excited for “Lip Service”. Makes me want to live in the UK so I can watch it all the time.

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  5. Being very low tech, is there anyway to catch this (Lip Service) on the BBC America site (from prior comment, it appears not) or elsewhere?

    • I said this somewhere before but I can’t see it so apparently not on this thread! Maybe check and see if you can watch programmes there. If you can you’re sorted because they’ll almost certainly post it there.

      If not, youtube? sidereel or Someone will post it somewhere.

  6. I saw this appear in the comment sidebar and my brain was like “It’s premiering in October! It’s October! Go check if it’s up!”

    It’s been October in the UK for 5 hours and 16 minutes. Possibly I am a little overexcited.

  7. I was SO EXCITED when i thought there was something new and gay for me to watch (rural ireland…. not the best place to study when you’re gay) … but the videos don’t work here, either! :/

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