Films&TV : Review of True Love

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True love is the new four part series starring some well known names like David Tennant Jane Horrocks and Downton Abbey‘s, Joanne Froggatt. Each episode will be titled with the name of the person that it focuses on. While each episode is self-contained, the series is set in the same town and there is some overlap between episodes.

Of course I’m going to focus on the third episode of the series which involves a teacher, Holly, in an unfulfilled marriage played by Billie Piper who falls for one of female pupils, played by Kaya Scodelerio, or otherwise known as dark and twisty Effy from skins. Now there’s a couple that scream fit from every angle.

Lesbians being shown the BBC is not a new thing as we’ve just had Lip Service but to be shown on BBC1 is a whole other look-there’s-actually-proper-lesbians-out-there-and-everything-crazy.

So if you’ve watched previous episodes you’ll know a bit about the characters. The episodes starts with Holly not being able to control her class and one of her students Karen feeling embarrassed on behalf of them.

We then see a-quite-talking-posh Holly running off to a car and making sure no one can see her, before having dirty grunty sex with him. They the talk and we find out that he’s married. The two main characters sit together the next day when Karen’s painting and she says how much of a good teacher she finds her.

Karen asks her to go to the museum with her as part of the art project and a rather flustered Holly says she’ll get back to her. The grunty sex carries on in the next scene and by this point I was already screaming at her to get a grip. But the next scene involves Karen running down a field like she’s in old fashioned novel and I was much happier.

In the art museum the Eva’s Cassidy’s True Colours is playing and then they talk about Holly’s personal life and already you’re thinking Oh My God it’s already going beyond the boundaries of Teacher Student. The chemistry between them is actually really amazing and even when Karen talks about finding someone Holly flinches.

In English, Holly struggles again and the two characters share that lovey-dovey-eye contact. In the next scene Holly watches her from the window and we see that Karen has been invited to her flat. She tells Karen about the fact that her lover is married and breaks down when she holds her hand.

When she comforts her the two girls do that emotional crying thing and end up kissing. Karen says ‘I’ve never felt, never met anyone like this before, it’s amazing, but scary’ I loved this line because it really shows how two women can feel if they fall in love with another woman instead of the man like it’s ‘meant’ to be.

Then bam they’re in bed together, naked and everything. In school they share a secret smile as they pass in the corridor. A now confident Karen walks on and the two girls look really happy. Karen and her friend (Nick’s daughter) talk on the beach about their teacher. This bit I didn’t like because it wasn’t realistic. A student would never ask another, especially at their age if one of them was dating a teacher.

Back in English Holly has ended it with the boyfriend and one of the students asks how long she’s been screwing Karen. She freaks out and tells him to leave her class while a tearful Karen watches on and the rest of the class laugh. Karen shouts at her friend because it was her that told everyone. She then tells her that she loves Holly.

Holly’s mother asks about her current relationship and she shouts out that she’s seeing a student of hers who’s sixteen. She then tells her that she loves Karen. In bed later Holly tells her she’s going to have to leave because everyone knows about them. Karen tells her she’ll go with her. That she wants to be with her every day, just as they are now.

Back in English again to finish the episode the class start chanting lesbian as Holly walks out of her class and out of the school. Karen runs after her and they walk off together, sticking together as a couple.

All in all a sweet lovely story about leaving everything you know for love, but it needed to be longer. I feel the two fall in love too quickly as the episode was just over half an hour. I hope the BBC do some more dramas like this.

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16 thoughts on “Films&TV : Review of True Love

    Kat said:
    June 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Oh Kaya is just sex on a plate.

    Holly said:
    June 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Wow I didnt know anything about this!! Thanks effi! and she has my name. awesome.

    Charlie said:
    June 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Will be weird seeing david tennant and billie piper together again. cant wait to see this. last ep is on iplayer now i think.

    Hannah said:
    June 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    That episode is going to be amazing omg!!

    Clare said:
    June 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Do you have like a lesbian radar to know what programmes are going to have lesbian stuff in them?! haha

      effimai responded:
      June 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Ha i just see adverts and then Im like omg thats awesome :)

    Mariana Arnett said:
    June 18, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Okay. I know this sounds weird, because it has absolutely nothing to do with the post. I can’t watch this program anyway since I am across the pond, but I will look forward to reading your review.

    I have a question. There’s a picture on the header of your blog that makes me go, “wtf?” every time I see it. It’s the last picture on the right, and it looks like a goblet of lady fingers. Not the tea biscuit kind, but real…lady…fingers…with with painted nails and everything. Now, I know that when cropped, pictures can be totally misleading and things aren’t really what they look like when the picture is viewed at a wider angle. Please, Effi darling, please tell me that’s not a goblet of lady fingers?

    Effi responded:
    June 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Haa I nearly fell off my chair laughing at this! Haaa. I’ve only just noticed these! I thought it was just a nice picture of drinks!! Lets just go with the fact that they are in fact fingers, and some crazy lesbian somewhere keeps some in a glass. Crazy picture! I’m def keeping it now tho! LOL
    I love your comments. Do you write yourself?x

      Mariana Arnett said:
      June 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you for the response. I haven’t been able to come here and not fixate on that image. Lady Fingers (the real kind) definitely goes with the lesbian theme, and a goblet of them aligns with your slightly askew humor that goes beyond queer, and of course, “F” is for Fingers, so there’s no question on whether or not it should stay. It’s just so you. We make a perfect pair, you and I. I love your blog and you love my comments (thanks ever so much for the compliment). I don’t blog because I am not organically creative. If I ever do decide to start one, you’ll have an honorary position on the blogroll just for asking. ox

        effimai responded:
        June 18, 2012 at 8:58 pm

        Haa that is good to know :D I cant get over the picture now I just keep looking at it every time I go to write something new!! You’d be good at writing a blog I feel. You have the same sense of humour as me :D xx

    Sam said:
    June 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Amazing ep tonight, and a good review :-)

    Lovetings said:
    June 19, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Yeah wayyyyyy to short! but good.

    Heather said:
    June 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I hasn’t heard of this mini series, but I am definitely going to go download it tonight!
    Thanks for the review ;)
    Sounds definitely juicy!

    Glitterwhore said:
    June 20, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    hmm… I just watched the episode on iplayer, really not sure what I thought of it? The concept of the episode was fantastic, but I don’t think they developed the characters enough to allow the audience to feel any sort of attachment to the two women. Also the whole “teacher-pupil” thing sounds like a porno! The music really helped the episode along though, very sweet and lovey-dovey…well chosen, made the episode good for a night in with ice cream :P Another great review :)

      effimai responded:
      June 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Yeah that;s what I thought. You didn’t get enough time at all to want them to get together because you didn’t know them. But yeah I loved the story. A-night-in-with-icecream episode :) I like that x

    JW (@DrivelSheWrote) said:
    July 2, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Just saw it on youtube from 7000 miles away. Very impressive acting. Totally bought it especially since Billie was pretty much imprinted as a London callgirl in my brain.

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