Lip Service

9:00pm Friday 18 May on BBC THREE

When Sam makes an unexpected visit to the flat to confront Tess about her discovery, a wedge is driven been Sam and her friends.

Lexy arrives and instantly defends a bewildered Tess, which makes Sam question whether she was part of the cover-up too. And, to make matters worse, Sam’s unpredictable behavior at work forces her partner Ryder to send her home, telling her she’s out of control. For Sam, the truth hurts.

Sadie’s excitement about her new job at Jo’s art gallery is short-lived after she grows frustrated at having her texts ignored by Lauren. Ever the thrill seeker, Sadie decides to surprise her lover by turning up at the home she shares with her wife. And, for Lauren, its temptation come calling as she struggles to resist Sadie.

Tess finds herself in a compromising position when Hugh embroils her in his disastrous love life as he tries to get one over on love rival, Thomas Delaware.

Elsewhere, the situation with Lexy’s stalker intensifies, with unforeseen consequences. After the situation with her stalker intensifies, Lexy turns to Tess for a shoulder to cry on, leading Tess to hope they can be more than just good friends.

Sam is played by Heather Peace, Tess by Fiona Button, Lexy by Anna Skellern, Ryder by Steven Cree, Sadie by Natasha O’Keeffe, Jo by Valerie Edmond, Lauren by Neve McIntosh, Hugh by Stuart McQuarrie and Thomas Delaware by Alastair MacKenzie.

9:00pm Friday 11 May on BBC THREE

Tess is in unrequited love hell, so when Ed starts gloating about his love life it makes her feel even lonelier.

Sadie is sure her clinch with magazine editor Lauren is her ticket out of temping hell, but is left reeling when Lauren snubs her at the office.

Back at her day job, Sadie’s irreverent take on waitressing gets her into hot water and she’s caught off guard when Lauren turns up at the restaurant to make amends.

The pair end up spending the afternoon together in a hotel room, but when Lauren rushes off, leaving Sadie a bundle of money to settle the hotel bill, she’s left feeling less than valued by her lover.

At the hospital Dr Declan teases Lexy when she reveals she’s taking Sam to a wine tasting event as a friend. On hearing this, Bea shows signs of jealously which makes Lexy question whether their ‘no-strings-attached’ arrangement is as straightforward as she’d hoped.

Tess finds herself on an impromptu blind date with Meg, a friend of Nora and Ed’s. But when events take a weird turn for the worse she calls on Lexy to save the day.

At the wine tasting Sam warms to Lexy – but then makes an alarming discovery.

Tess is played by Fiona Button, Ed by James Anthony Pearson, Sadie by Natasha O’Keeffe, Lauren by Neve McIntosh, Dr Declan by Adam Sinclair, Lexy by Ann Skelton, Bea by Alana Hood, Meg by Ainsley Howard, Nora by Sin�ad Keenan and Sam by Heather Peace.

Ep 4/6

9:00pm Friday 4 May on BBC THREE

Still reeling with shock, the friends each deal with events in their own way.

Despite everyone’s best efforts, Sam isn’t coping and she struggles to deal with everyone fussing around about her. To make matters worse she starts asking awkward questions – which none of the group want to answer.

Sly Sadie lands herself an interview with trendy arts and culture magazine Minus 21, to be a writer. The fearsome editor Lauren has the measure of her inexperience, but is drawn to bolshie, sexy Sadie and their meeting is charged with sexual tension.

Things are tense at the flat. Tess desperately tries to connect with Frankie, who is shutting her out. To add insult to injury Frankie seems to favour Sadie, who appears to have moved into their flat.

Tess’s emotions are further frayed when she has to endure a sleepless night listening to the loud sexual conquests of her flatmates – and it turns out Lexy isn’t quite as single as Tess had hoped.

Tess enlists Ed’s help with Nora, but is unprepared for the consequences of this meeting. Thankfully Hugh is on hand to distract Tess with some minor vandalism and general bad behaviour.

Sam is played by Heather Peace, Tess by Fiona Button, Frankie by Ruta Gedmintas, Sadie by Natasha O’Keeffe, Lexy by Anna Skellern, Ed by James Anthony Pearson, Nora by Sin�ad Keenan, Hugh by Stuart McQuarrie and Lauren by Neve McIntosh.

Ep 3/6

9:00pm Friday 27 April on BBC THREE

It’s the morning of Cat’s birthday and Sam has the perfect day planned.

But far from being excited about the celebrations which await, Cat feels like a total fraud. Against her better judgement, she’s sleeping with Frankie behind an unsuspecting Sam’s back and even has a secret tryst planned for the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Tess helps new flatmate Lexy move in, using the opportunity to get to know her better, and is delighted to discover the sexy doctor is single.

But while her homelife is happy, things aren’t going so well for Tess on the work front. Self-obsessed actress Nora is doing everything she can to sideline and undermine Tess in a vain attempt to steal the limelight. Just as well Tess has Hugh for some much needed light relief.

Frankie’s career is on the up after she lands herself a job photographing a boutique hotel in the Scottish Highlands for trendy Scottish magazine Minus 21. In an attempt to make amends with Sadie, Frankie offers to split the fee if Sadie gives her a lift. But the road trip doesn’t go as smoothly for the friends as they had hoped.

Frankie’s delighted to see Cat and they share a passionate afternoon together which heralds a turn of dramatic events and unexpected consequences.

Cat is played by Laura Fraser, Sam by Heather Peace, Frankie by Ruta Gedmintas, Tess by Fiona Button, Lexy by Anna Skellern, Nora by Sin�ad Keenan, Hugh by Stuart McQuarrie and Sadie by Natasha O’Keeffe.

Ep 2/6

9:00pm Friday 20 April on BBC THREE

Sexy, provocative and seductive, BBC Three drama Lip Service returns to the bars and clubs of Glasgow’s Merchant City to follow the lives of a group of 20-something lesbians.

After a loved-up month on holiday in South America, Cat and Sam arrive back in Glasgow with a colossal bump. Having run away from her relationship with first love Frankie, Cat knows she must now face the music.

It looks like Tess finally has it all: her first proper acting role, a fabulous new flat and a gorgeous girlfriend. Landing one of the leading roles in a big theatre production should be a cause for celebration, but things don’t go quite to plan on her first day in the job.

Locking horns with self-obsessed co-star Nora, it’s clear Tess is going to have her work cut out, dealing with constant put-downs and snide comments. But new friendship and much needed support come in the shape of Hugo, a cynical but loveable actor.

Frankie and Tess are struggling with the rent for their new flat and go in search of a flatmate. Enter Lexy – a sexy, funny and straight-talking Australian doctor who instantly makes an impression on Tess. But she’s not the only one who reacts to Lexy’s arrival…

Frankie bumps into her former flame Sadie and offloads her troubles onto her. Sadie, who is down on her luck, decides to deliver some home truths.

Produced by Kudos Film and Television (Hustle, Ashes to Ashes, Spooks) through BBC Scotland, sexy six-part series Lip Service is written, created and executive produced by Harriet Braun (Mistresses, Attachments).

Cat is played by Laura Fraser, Sam by Heather Peace, Frankie by Ruta Gedmintas, Tess by Fiona Button, Nora by Sin�ad Keenan, Hugh by Stuart McQuarrie, Lexy by Anna Skellern, Sadie by Natasha O’Keeffe, Jay by Emun Elliott and Ed by James Anthony Pearson.

Confirmed for Friday 20 April on BBC Three at 9.00-10.00pm

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10.30pm Tuesday 12 October on BBC THREE

This seductive new relationship drama of sex, lies and true love in modern Scotland follows the lives of a group of 20-something lesbians

10:30pm Tuesday 12 October on BBC THREE

This seductive new relationship drama of sex, lies and true love in modern Scotland follows the lives of a group of 20-something lesbians

Lip Service

Sex, lies and true love in modern Scotland. Lip Service is a seductive new relationship drama starring Laura Fraser, Ruta Gedmintas and Fiona Button following the lives of a group of 20-something friends.

Cat (Laura Fraser) is a self-assured architect, unnerved by the return of her former lover, Frankie (Ruta Gedmintas), a talented but emotionally reckless photographer who arrives back in Glasgow unannounced, bringing havoc in her wake. Fiona Button plays struggling actress Tess, Cat’s best friend and flatmate who has an uncanny knack of falling for the wrong sorts of women.

This irreverent, sexy six-part series has been created by Harriet Braun (Mistresses, Attachments). It is produced by Kudos Film And Television (Ashes To Ashes, Spooks, Life On Mars) through BBC Scotland, and also stars Emun Elliot, James Anthony Pearson, Roxanne McKee, Heather Peace and Tom Mannion.

Multi-platform extras for Lip Service include interviews with the cast and writer, preview clips and exclusive videos featuring Frankie, Cat and Tess, and other key characters from the show.

 

What do you call a ‘lesbian drama’? I mean, as it stands, that’s a ludicrously un-catchy name. How about a clitcom? Maybe a Lavendrama? Anyway, whatever buzzword it gets lumbered with, BBC Three are to show one and A Knights’ Tale’s Laura Fraser is to lead the cast.

This new show will be called Lip Service and will see Fraser starring alongside Ruta Gedmintas (The Tudors) and Fiona Button (The Palace). They’ll play three twentysomething lesbians living in Glasgow.

The six-part series by Mistresses writer Harriet Braun will see Gedmintas will playing Frankie, who apparently, is an irreverent and provocative photographer who can’t settle down, while Fraser will play Cat, her ex. Button plays Tess, Cat’s best friend, who seems to always attract the wrong sorts of women.

Gah. It sounds dreadful doesn’t it? If it wasn’t for the promise of some nude women, I don’t think many would even think about tuning in. I can’t even tell you if it will contain nude women. As it’s on BBC Three, I think it’s fair to assume that this will be like Sugar Rush, only with fisting.

Braun said: “All of these characters are very close to my heart, so to have found such a great cast who bring them to life so fantastically is very exciting.”

Lip Service is being made by Kudos, the independent producer behind Life on Mars. Executive producer Derek Wax said: “I am thrilled we have secured such a strong and exciting cast for Lip Service.

“Harriet Braun has a completely fresh and engaging take on contemporary relationships, as explored through the lives of young gay women and it’s fantastic that her tragi-comic series about love, in all its passion and absurdity, has been commissioned by the BBC.”

BBC Scotland head of drama Anne Mensah added: “Harriet’s scripts are very much authored pieces and, as such, the series takes a very vivid and authentic look at the lives and loves of modern British gay women on the cusp of life.”

Laura Fraser (Florence Nightingale, Casanova, The Boys Are Back), Ruta Gedmintas (The Tudors) and Fiona Button (The Palace) have been cast as the three female lead roles in Lip Service, a bold new drama for BBC Three about the sex lives and love affairs of twenty-something lesbians living in contemporary Glasgow.

Produced by Kudos Film & Television (Ashes To Ashes, Spooks, Life On Mars) through BBC Scotland, the six-part series, which started filming in Glasgow this month, was written and created by Harriet Braun (Mistresses, series one, and co-creator of Attachments).

Ruta Gedmintas plays Frankie, an irreverent and provocative photographer who avoids commitment at all turns; Laura Fraser plays Cat – Frankie’s former lover, who may not be as immune to Frankie’s charms as she professes to be; and Fiona Button plays Tess – Cat’s best friend and flatmate who has an uncanny knack of attracting all the wrong sorts of women.

As well as the three lead roles, major supporting roles in Lip Service include Roxanne McKee (Hollyoaks) as Lou, Emun Elliott (Paradox, Blackwatch) as Jay, Heather Peace (The Chase, Blue Murder) as Sam, James Anthony Pearson (New Town Killers) as Ed and Tom Mannion (Doctors, Taggart) as Frankie’s uncle Cameron, amongst others.

Writer and creator Harriet Braun says: “All of these characters are very close to my heart, so to have found such a great cast who bring them to life so fantastically is very exciting.”

Derek Wax, Executive Producer for Kudos, says: “I am thrilled we have secured such a strong and exciting cast for Lip Service. Harriet Braun has a completely fresh and engaging take on contemporary relationships, as explored through the lives of young gay women and it’s fantastic that her tragi-comic series about love, in all its passion and absurdity, has been commissioned by the BBC. Kudos is very proud to be making this new series with her for BBC Three.”

Anne Mensah, Head of Drama BBC Scotland, adds: “Harriet’s scripts are very much authored pieces and, as such, the series takes a very vivid and authentic look at the lives and loves of modern British gay women on the cusp of life. The quality of the cast that the scripts have brought to the table really speaks for itself and Lip Service promises to be an emotionally-charged and utterly enjoyable drama series.”

Lip Service was commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller BBC Three and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning and will transmit on BBC Three in Spring 2010.

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