Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (TV serial)

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
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Charlotte Coleman and Geraldine McEwan in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Created byJeanette Winterson
Directed byBeeban Kidron
StarringCharlotte Coleman
Geraldine McEwan
Kenneth Cranham
Cathryn Bradshaw
Opening themeRachel Portman
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes3
Producer(s)Phillippa Giles
Running time165 minutes
Original networkBBC Two
Original release10 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.[1] The series was released on DVD in 2005.[2]

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.



The series won the BAFTA award for Best Drama.[citation needed]

In 1991, via the PBS network, the series won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series.

In 2010, The Guardian ranked the serial at number 8 in their list of "The Top 50 TV Dramas of All Time".[3]

Further reading[edit]

  • Hallam, J. & Marshment, M. "Framing Experience: Case Studies in the Reception of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" Screen No. 36, 1995: pp. 1–15
  • Hinds, H. ([1992] 1996) "Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit: reaching audiences other lesbian texts cannot reach" In: J. Corner & S. Harvey (eds) Television Times: A Reader London: Arnold, pp. 98–110; ISBN 0-340-65233-0


  1. ^ 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". Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Oranges-Are-Not-the-Only-Fruit - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". 5 June 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  3. ^ Richard Vine. "The top 50 TV dramas of all time: 2-10 | Television & radio". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 July 2018.

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Preceded by
Mother Love
British Academy Television Awards
Best Drama Series or Serial

Succeeded by
Inspector Morse