Revelations (1994 TV series)

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Genre Soap opera
Created by Russell T Davies
Brian B. Thompson
Tony Wood
Starring Judy Loe
Emma Roberts
Paul Shelley
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
Original channel ITV
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,[1] 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).[2] It follows and critiques the organisational structure of the Anglican Church at the turn of the millennium.[2]

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, 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.