Shocking BBC lesbian drama returning for second series

05/26/2011 08:46

Christian Institute

A controversial drama which caused outrage by featuring two women having sex next to a corpse has been brought back for a second series by the BBC.

BBC Three’s Lip Service, which is aimed at viewers as young as 16, attracted complaints from scores of viewers after the first episode aired last October.

One of the show’s actresses said filming the controversial drama was like working on a porn set.


Laura Fraser, who is one of the lead characters and returning for the second series, said last year: “It started to freak me out a bit. We were all freaked out. At the end of a day I was thinking ‘what am I doing for a living?’

“And then I was going home to my six-year-old daughter Lila which felt very weird.”

The second series is expected to be screened on the BBC in 2012.


The BBC describes Lip Service as being a “bold” drama “about the sex lives and love affairs of twenty-something lesbians living in contemporary Glasgow”.

Alice Seddon, who contacted a national newspaper at the time, said: “I was shocked and horrified. It was so off-putting I switched off.”

Another viewer, commenting on an internet forum, described the funeral parlour sex scene as “stomach churning”.


Harriet Braun, the show’s creator, claims the show is as realistic as possible.

Last October a report commissioned by the BBC was released which said that homosexuals and bisexuals should be portrayed more frequently by the broadcaster.

However, the report also revealed that almost one in five viewers are either “uncomfortable” or “very uncomfortable” with homosexual scenes.


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