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BBC statement re. dropping Lip Service

Lesbians lose out to Being Human and new zombie drama

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:11:54 GMT | Updated 4 years today

Yesterday we posted a comment piece Goodbye Lip Service, Hello The Hoff's Best... Film Ever! about the news that lesbian drama Lip Service has not been re-commissioned for a third series. Given the BBC's recent report in which experts "urged" UK broadcasters to include "more creative and realistic depictions [of lesbian, gay and bisexual people] in factual and drama television", dropping the programme seemed like a real missed opportunity to do more of just that. The vast majority of our followers on Twitter who commented on the news appeared to feel the same way.


We asked the BBC if they could comment the decision and on their commitment to representing diversity and received this response from them:


"The BBC is committed to diversity across its programming and BBC Three is very proud to have brought 2 series of Lip Service to its viewers. With limited budget for drama on BBC Three, the decision was taken to re-commission the multi award-winning Being Human and a bold and exciting new drama - In The Flesh."


So there we have it. For those who are unfamilar with Being Human, it's about three flatmates. One is a werewolf, one a vampire, one a ghost. I have no issue with Being Human; by all accounts it's a great show (I have several friends who rave about it). In The Flesh is about zombies. Again, nothing against zombies per se. But it strikes me as a bit absurd that the money's being spent not on continuing a popular lesbian drama, but on dramas which take as their protagonists an (albeit admirably diverse) array of monsters. Who, as far as I'm aware, do not pay a license fee or sign petitions in their thousands asking for more representation on TV.


(Given the argument I've just made, it's probably worth clarifying that I am aware that TV programming's sole concern isn't to faithfully and literally represent the population of viewers. That sounds dire. People want stories, entertainment. But in the case of Lip Service, I am concerned about the representation issue as relates to lesbian representation due to the scarcity of it.)


We'd love to hear what you think about the decision, so please do take a moment to comment below if you want to.







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  • Jemma Lunniss - Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:07:11 GMT -

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    Totally agree that lesbians need more representation on television but Lip Service was complete tripe! But I still watched it as you can only watch re-runs of The L Word so many times! I can't relate to hetero normative relationships in every single TV program out there so having something that I could be on the same level as was a really good thing!

  • Harriet Buttigieg - Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:14:05 GMT -

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    Definitely bring back Lip Service.. Please?! My other half is scared of zombies so it's not going to be working for us!

  • Neko Kaeru - Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:10:29 GMT -

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    i have to say that this decision still baffles me given the popularity of this program i feel like the bbc has let all lesbians down in favor of something that is easier for people to deal with (fictional and unreal characters) than lesbian lives given the shortfall in this area this strikes me as slight discrimination so i say shame on the bbc bring yourselves back into the 21st century and bring back lip service and start producing more shows like it that show the true diversity of the world instead of vampires, werewolves, zombies etc there is far too much of that anyway and not all of it is good unlike the quality show that was lip service

  • Ione McKinnon - Fri, 25 Jan 2013 22:13:51 GMT -

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    Don;t get me wrong I'm sure 'Being human' and 'In the flesh' are good programs however zombies, vampires, ghosts and werewolves are not real. Well at-least I don't think so. Lesbians, bisexuals, Gays and Transgender are and it's all real and worth watching something which is real in this day and age not fantasy bore. I loved 'The L Word' and I absolutely love 'Lip Service'. There amazing programs about different sexualities so why not have programs like this on TV as theirs no other programs about Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender at all. Well not that I know of. Why should there not be a program with it. It's entertaining and it shouldn’t be hidden and taken over for programs which are no where near as good.

  • Dennis Berg - Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:21:34 GMT -

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    Why not turn Lip Service into a crowdfundig project? In modern times we don't need BBC, we have Internet and DVD-Players!

  • Dennis Berg - Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:26:33 GMT -

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    Why not turn Lip Service into a crowdfundig project? In modern times we don't need BBC, we have Internet and DVD-Players!

  • Cecilia Fernández Castro - Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:49:15 GMT -

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    people gets fiction they deserve. it's a pitty, but it's like that. i'm not british, so i can't know how your reality is, but at my country lesbians are a minority and straight people doesn't seem to be interested on watching any fiction focused on them, even when lots of those straight ones have lesbian friends. i have been interrogated to death about my sexuality when talking to straight or lesbian friends about any lesbian themed fiction, so you can get a picture of how unusual it is for a straight person to watch those things (at least in my country). no matter if we like it or not, audience taste doesn't change from one day to another and it seems to has a very low interest in lesbian reality but a global increasing interest on semi-human characters. i strongly believe a vampire or a ghost should be included in lip service 3th season and then it will be aired for sure

  • Shelon Jackson - Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:48:18 GMT -

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    I live in the united states and ran across this show on netflix! To come and join the fan pages and to learn it's not going to be a season three thats F'ed Up!!! First we got Queer As Folk from the UK which was turned over to I think Dan cowmen and David Lipman. the first season of the show they tried the same thing , but the viewers went crazy voicing their opinions, and our voices were heard. We got four more seasons of Queer As Folk. Petitions are being signed, I'm sure the fans are writing into BBC3 and they still want to take this show away from us!!!!!! smfh... Then we got the L Word which was good but it was all made up and not touching home like Lip Service. Some of the L Word touched home but if you asked me it was all for show, again thats doesn't mean I don't like it I just love Lip Service better. Bottom-line we don't have enough televised about us and out life style, and when they do they tease us with it get us comfortable then snatch it right from under us. I may be overreacting but this has truly hurt my feeling, I wished I never would have ran across this show. I'm really ready to see more

  • Deborah E. Blastic - Wed, 24 Apr 2013 04:20:14 GMT -

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    I wish they would reconsider.. it has been very enjoyable to watch these women, in a lesbian lifestyle. I appreciated the story line and would love to see another series!! I am a gay women and this has given me something to watch and get out of myself. Think again!! Please?

  • Vibeke Kale Vale - Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:22:13 GMT -

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    I just found this show on Canadian Netflix and I love it! Even with Cat and Frankie gone, I love the show. I'll miss Tess most of all!!