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 network ITV
Original release 1994 – 1996

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]

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.