Revelations (1994 TV series)

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GenreSoap opera
Created byRussell T Davies
Brian B. Thompson
Tony Wood
StarringJudy Loe
Emma Roberts
Paul Shelley
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
Production company(s)Granada
Original networkITV
Original release1994 –

Revelations was a late-night soap opera created by Russell T Davies, Brian B. Thompson, and Tony Wood, produced by Granada and starring Judy Loe and Paul Shelley.[1] It aired in the Granada, Central and Carlton 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).[2] It follows and critiques the organisational structure of the Anglican Church at the turn of the millennium.[2]

In one episode, 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 gay character written by Davies, who would later go on to create and produce the gay-centric series Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, Torchwood and Cucumber. 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!'".[2]


  1. ^ Swift, Lynn (25 August 2011). "Revelations coming to DVD". ATV Today. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Aldridge, Mark; Murray, Andy (2008). T is for Television: The Small Screen Adventures of Russell T Davies. ISBN 978-1-905287-84-0.

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