Revelations (1994 TV series)
|Created by||Russell T Davies
Brian B. Thompson
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||2|
|Original release||1994 – 1996|
Revelations was a late-night soap opera created by Russell T Davies, Brian B. Thompson, and Tony Wood and starring Judy Loe and Paul Shelley, and aired in a limited number of ITV regions between 1994 and 1996. The series is family drama about the family of the priest Edward Rattigan (Shelley) and his wife Jessica (Loe). It follows and critiques the organisational structure of the Anglican Church at the turn of the millennium.
Notably, it contains an episode in which a female vicar, Joan (Sue Holderness), comes out as a lesbian in a two-hander with Mary Beckett (Carole Nimmons). It was the first openly LGBT character for Davies, who would later go on to create and produce the gay-centric series Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, and Torchwood. Davies attributes the storyline to the "pressure-cooker nature" of the series leading to larger storylines, and the recent ordination of female vicars in the Church of England; Davies recalls that "when they introduced women to the church, I was thinking 'Yes! We can do a lesbian vicar!'".
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