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Re. Lip Service: An open letter to the BBC

Not everyone likes ballroom dancing. Some of us want lesbian drama

Eden Carter Wood

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:50:02 GMT | Updated 2 years today

Dear The BBC,
 
First of all, let me start by saying that I love your work. French and Saunders. Luther. That show at 10pm where well-groomed people keep me updated about all the murders and bombings that have been going on around the world. Love all that. You've made me laugh and you've plunged me into the very depths of depression over the years and I thank you for every moment of it. (Especially the French and Saunders stuff.)
 
I'm writing because there is a "but", however. You might say I have a request. You see, it's not that I don't like houses and attics and helicopters, but I don't really want to watch TV shows about them. But you seem to be all about making and airing those shows; at a glance I see you have made and are airing programmes today called Homes Under The Hammer, Cash in the Attic and Helicopter Heroes. I've also noticed you have a quiz show on every weeknight (every weeknight BBC!) called Pointless. Pointless. I'm not going to say another word, but I think you need to know that I've just made my lip bleed by biting it so hard. That, BBC, is a health and safety issue. Pointlessness aside, I've also noticed you're big on celebrities cooking, "ordinary" people cooking, and ballroom dancing in a competitive environment. Me, not so much. Generally speaking, I don't watch that stuff.
 
I could ramble on at you for hours about shows I don't watch, BBC, but you're probably busy, so I'll get to the point. What I'd like is a third season of Lip Service. Now before you say anything, stop, because I know what you're going to say. A third season of Lip Service might cost money, possibly more money than gathering a group of people in a studio and having them twirl about in cheap-looking spangling costumes. But it'll be worth it. Lip Service is a good show. There's a script. There's a plot. It's not just ephemeral razzmatazz. The second series I found to be funny, dramatic, and often sad; it may have even saved my life by containing a very stark reminder of the importance of exercising caution while texting and crossing the road. And it's not just me, BBC. A lot of people want to see it continue. Here's a bit of proof: a twitition with more than 2200 signatures.
 
twitition

 

There's nothing most of us like more than the sound of our own voice, BBC, so I'm going to end by quoting you at yourself, if I may. Here's what you say on your own website, re. commissioning shows and diversity and the representation of diversity on your programmes:
 
"The BBC is committed to embracing diversity and so your proposal should include a paragraph explaining how the programme would fulfil our diversity commitment to reflect fully the licence fee paying public (either on or off-screen.)"
 

You also say:

 

"Recognising the importance of diversity in everything we make provides us with a creative opportunity to better reflect our audiences and who we are through our output. It is about avoiding sameness to achieve authenticity onscreen."

 

Sounds great.

 

So. All I'm asking, really, is for you to live up to your commitments. Stop hesitating and commission this already. Because although I think your heart's in the right place and I'm looking forward to the Sue Perkins sitcom, I'd like something more from you. Not everyone likes watching Ballroom Cooking competitions and auctions. Your audience is diverse, and your programming needs to do more to reflect that. Some of us want lesbian drama. Put very simply, we want to see Lexy and Tess get married, BBC, and we want it sooner rather than later.
 
Best wishes,
 
Eden

 

@edencarterwood

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  • Emily Angel Cunningham - Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:21:49 GMT -

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    Well Said! stop hesitating we all want to see it happen, although im waiting to see more of Sam and Lexy.