Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: British comedy centered around a black gay household with several central lesbian characters.
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Year: 1999
Duration: 30 min
Language: UK/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Rikki Beadle Blair
Writer: Rikki Beadle Blair
Starring: Rikki Beadle Blair, Noel Clarke, Rebecca Varney, Paul Keating, Davie Fairbanks, Karl Collins, Silas Carson, Helen Sheals, Carleen Beadle, Dee Dee Samuels, Michael Dotchin, Pui Fan Lee, Preeya Kalidas, Frances Lima, Matt Harris

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MetrosexualityAlthough the term ‘metrosexuality’ is generally applied to straight men, this British television show depicts a wide variety of characters in terms of gender, race and age. Sexuality runs from gay and lesbian to straight, as well as more fluid for some.

The central household includes teen Kwame (Noel Clarke), who is straight, with best friends who are gay. He lives with his gay father Max (writer/director Rikki Beadle Blair) and is constantly working to get his two fathers back together after a recent break up. Max’s sister Cindy (Carleen Beadle) is a lesbian, and she and her partner Doris (Dee Dee Samuels) are going through the doldrums of life with toddlers and little time for themselves.

Meanwhile, Kwame is in love with Asha (Rebecca Varney), and to play hard to get, she pretends to date Jaye (Pui Fan Lee, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason), who is a lesbian. Jaye finally gets together with her crush, Flora (Preeya Kalidas, Bend It Like Beckham), while Kwame and Asha work it out together as well.

With a format centered on the characters’ personal soap opera lives, the show survived for one six episode season. It’s hip and takes place in London’s Notting Hill. I’m guessing the target audience may be young gay men, but the supporting lesbian characters are also given screen time in each episode. (AB)