Last January 12, 2013, BBC Three has officially cancelled the lesbian TV drama series “Lip Service”. It was announced in Lip Service official twitter account saying that it won’t recommission any further episodes. The drama series creator, Harriet Braun, also confirmed about the cancellation and revealed that BBC Three had not yet given an explanation for such decision.
The United Kingdom’s version of “The L Word”, Lip Service featured the lives of a group of gay and bisexual women in Glasgow, Scotland. It starred Heather Peace, Fiona Button, Ruta Gedmintas and Laura Fraser. In 2010, the drama pulled in strong ratings when it was launched however later on, it lost a third of its viewers when there was a change in viewing time slots from a late Tuesday night to a more competitive Friday. It also received a great deal of criticism from the media and family groups in particular and within the lesbian community, the opinions differ.
BBCThree won’t be recommissioning Lip Service. Thanks all for the huge amount of love & support you’ve shown for show. It’s been a blast! xx
— Lip Service (@LipService_BBC3) January 12, 2013
Sadly BBC Three have confirmed there won’t be a 3rd series of Lip Service. A huge, huge thank you to all the fans for all your support xx
— Harriet Braun (@HarrietBraun) January 12, 2013
No more LIp service.Thankyou to all who made it special to work on.let’s hope there are more shows with equal representation in the making.x
— Ruta Gedmintas (@Mighty_Minto) January 12, 2013
Last month a study about the “Representation of LGBT people in broadcasting” revealed that the TV Drama Series “Lip Service” had not been successful in its portrayal of the lesbian lifestyle. BCC Three didn’t also answer the questions about the reasons for the cancellation. Whatever the reason for the decision is, let’s be thankful that they made a show about lesbian and bisexual women despite the lack of accurate portrayal of the lesbian world. What is more important now is that the lesbian lifestyle is gradually getting into the mainstream media which in turn, promotes visibility.
- “Lip Service” Gets Cancelled by Trish Bendix. Retrieved January 31, 2013. http://www.afterellen.com/content/2013/01/lip-service-gets-cancelled
- BBC Cancels Lesbian Drama Lip Service by Joe Morgan. Retrieved January 31, 2013. http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bbc-cancels-lesbian-drama-lip-service130113
- BBC Axes Lesbian TV Drama ‘Lip Service’. Retrieved January 31, 2013. http://www.whensallymetsally.co.uk/entertainment/tv-and-radio/lip-service-axed-bbc-lesbian-tv-drama/