Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (TV serial)
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|Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit|
Charlotte Coleman and Geraldine McEwan in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
|Created by||Jeanette Winterson|
|Directed by||Beeban Kidron|
|Opening theme||Rachel Portman|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||3|
|Running time||165 minutes|
|Original network||BBC Two|
|Original release||10 January –|
24 January 1990
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a 1990 BBC television drama, directed by Beeban Kidron. Jeanette Winterson wrote the screenplay, adapting her semi-autobiographical first novel of the same name (published 1985). The BBC produced and screened three episodes, running to a total of 2 hours and 45 minutes. The series was released on DVD in 2005.
The series won the BAFTA award for Best Drama.
Charlotte Coleman starred as Jess, a girl growing up in a Pentecostal evangelical household in Accrington, Hyndburn, Lancashire, England in the 1970s, who comes to understand that she is a lesbian. The allegorical fairytales that are woven into the novel do not appear on the screen. Miss Jewsbury's love-making with the underage Jess, which appears in the novel, was also excluded. Even with these cuts the series caused controversy when shown due to the remaining lesbian sex scenes and its portrayal of the Elim Pentecostal faith.
- Jess - Charlotte Coleman
- Small Jess - Emily Aston
- Jess's mother - Geraldine McEwan
- Pastor Finch - Kenneth Cranham
- William - Peter Gordon
- Cissy - Barbara Hicks
- Elsie - Margery Withers
- May - Elizabeth Spriggs
- Mrs Green - Freda Dowie
- Miss Jewsbury - Celia Imrie
- Jess's real mum - Sophie Thursfield
- Mrs Arkwright - Pam Ferris
- Mrs Virtue - Katy Murphy
- Mrs Vole - Sharon Bower
- Doctor - David Thewlis
- Gypsy - Kay Clayton
- Church Pianist - Tamar Swade
- Melanie - Cathryn Bradshaw
- Graham - Richard Henders
- Katy - Tania Rodrigues
- Nurse - Suzanne Hall
In 1991, via the PBS network, the series won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series.
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- JOHN J. O'CONNORPublished: 29 November 1990 (29 November 1990). "Review/Television; A Lesbian Comes of Age, And Not in an Easy Way - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
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- Richard Vine. "The top 50 TV dramas of all time: 2-10 | Television & radio". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
- Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit at the British Film Institute
- Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit at the BFI's Screenonline
- Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit on IMDb
| British Academy Television Awards
Best Drama Series or Serial