Lip Service

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  • TV-MA
  • 2010
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.5  (4,506)

Lip Service is a British television drama set in Glasgow, Scotland, that originally aired on BBC Three from 2010 to 2012, spanning two series with a total of twelve episodes. The show explores the lives and loves of a group of young lesbian and bisexual women, with a diverse cast of characters ranging from struggling artists to high-powered lawyers.

The main character is Frankie, played by Scottish actress and model Laura Fraser, a charismatic and free-spirited woman who returns to Glasgow after several years of traveling the world. Frankie is the focus of the first episode, which sets up the central themes of the show: sexuality, identity, and relationships. She reconnects with her old friend Cat (Fiona Button), who is now engaged to a man but secretly still hung up on Frankie. They are also joined by Tess (Anna Skellern), a newcomer to Glasgow who is struggling to find her place in the world.

Over the course of the two series, the show follows the romances, friendships, and career aspirations of these women and others in their orbit. We see Frankie embark on a passionate but complicated affair with a photographer named Jay (Emun Elliott), while Cat tries to come to terms with her complicated feelings for both Frankie and her fiancé. Tess falls for a straight woman named Lou (Roxanne McKee), whose boyfriend discovers their affair and threatens to expose Tess to her conservative family.

Meanwhile, the supporting characters have their own stories and struggles. Frankie's best friend Sadie (Natasha O'Keeffe) is a struggling artist who finds herself drawn to a wealthy patron named Georgia (Heather Peace), but their relationship is complicated by Georgia's past history with Cat. The group is rounded out by Ed (James Anthony Pearson), a gay man who befriends the women and provides comic relief as well as a sounding board for their problems.

One of the unique aspects of Lip Service is its realistic portrayal of modern relationships, which are often messy and complicated. The characters make mistakes and hurt each other, but they also support each other and learn from their experiences. The show also tackles issues such as coming out, homophobia, and mental health in a sensitive and nuanced way.

The setting of Glasgow is also a prominent feature of the show, with its music scene, nightlife, and diverse population providing a colorful backdrop to the characters' lives. The soundtrack is also notable, featuring an eclectic mix of indie and mainstream music from both Scottish and international artists.

Overall, Lip Service is a compelling and emotional drama that explores the many facets of queer women's lives in a way that is rarely seen on television. Its well-drawn characters, complex relationships, and realistic portrayal of modern life make it a must-watch for fans of LGBTQ+ representation in media.

Lip Service is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on October 12, 2010.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
May 25, 2012
On the day of her first performance, Tess has high hopes for her and Lexy, but things go far from smoothly at the theatre. Sam's also under pressure to lead a major drugs bust but Ryder's sure she's not ready - is he right?
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
May 18, 2012
When Sam makes an unexpected visit to the flat; a wedge is driven between her and her friends. The situation with Lexy's stalker intensifies, but luckily Tess is on hand to help although Hugh proves an obstacle.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
May 11, 2012
Tess and Lexy are getting closer and when Tess goes on a blind date she calls on Lexy for help. Sadie's irreverent take on waitressing gets her into hot water but Lauren proves helpful in ways she didn't expect.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
May 4, 2012
The friends each try to deal with events in their own way. Sam starts asking questions & Frankie makes a drastic decision. Sadie and Lexy both have surprising guests. Tess enlists Ed's help with the difficult Nora but is unprepared for the consequences.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
April 27, 2012
It's Cat's birthday and Sam's planned the perfect day but Cat feels like a total fraud because she's still sleeping with Frankie who offers her a very different sort of present. When Tess leaves work early events take an unexpected turn.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
April 20, 2012
After a loved up month in South America, Cat and Sam arrive back in Glasgow. Having run away from her affair with Frankie, how will Cat deal with seeing her again.
Where to Watch Lip Service
Lip Service is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Lip Service on demand at The Roku Channel Free and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 12, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (4,506)