True love is the new four part series starring some well known names like David Tennant Jane Horrocks and Downton Abbey‘s, Joanne Froggatt. Each episode will be titled with the name of the person that it focuses on. While each episode is self-contained, the series is set in the same town and there is some overlap between episodes.
Of course I’m going to focus on the third episode of the series which involves a teacher, Holly, in an unfulfilled marriage played by Billie Piper who falls for one of female pupils, played by Kaya Scodelerio, or otherwise known as dark and twisty Effy from skins. Now there’s a couple that scream fit from every angle.
Lesbians being shown the BBC is not a new thing as we’ve just had Lip Service but to be shown on BBC1 is a whole other look-there’s-actually-proper-lesbians-out-there-and-everything-crazy.
So if you’ve watched previous episodes you’ll know a bit about the characters. The episodes starts with Holly not being able to control her class and one of her students Karen feeling embarrassed on behalf of them.
We then see a-quite-talking-posh Holly running off to a car and making sure no one can see her, before having dirty grunty sex with him. They the talk and we find out that he’s married. The two main characters sit together the next day when Karen’s painting and she says how much of a good teacher she finds her.
Karen asks her to go to the museum with her as part of the art project and a rather flustered Holly says she’ll get back to her. The grunty sex carries on in the next scene and by this point I was already screaming at her to get a grip. But the next scene involves Karen running down a field like she’s in old fashioned novel and I was much happier.
In the art museum the Eva’s Cassidy’s True Colours is playing and then they talk about Holly’s personal life and already you’re thinking Oh My God it’s already going beyond the boundaries of Teacher Student. The chemistry between them is actually really amazing and even when Karen talks about finding someone Holly flinches.
In English, Holly struggles again and the two characters share that lovey-dovey-eye contact. In the next scene Holly watches her from the window and we see that Karen has been invited to her flat. She tells Karen about the fact that her lover is married and breaks down when she holds her hand.
When she comforts her the two girls do that emotional crying thing and end up kissing. Karen says ‘I’ve never felt, never met anyone like this before, it’s amazing, but scary’ I loved this line because it really shows how two women can feel if they fall in love with another woman instead of the man like it’s ‘meant’ to be.
Then bam they’re in bed together, naked and everything. In school they share a secret smile as they pass in the corridor. A now confident Karen walks on and the two girls look really happy. Karen and her friend (Nick’s daughter) talk on the beach about their teacher. This bit I didn’t like because it wasn’t realistic. A student would never ask another, especially at their age if one of them was dating a teacher.
Back in English Holly has ended it with the boyfriend and one of the students asks how long she’s been screwing Karen. She freaks out and tells him to leave her class while a tearful Karen watches on and the rest of the class laugh. Karen shouts at her friend because it was her that told everyone. She then tells her that she loves Holly.
Holly’s mother asks about her current relationship and she shouts out that she’s seeing a student of hers who’s sixteen. She then tells her that she loves Karen. In bed later Holly tells her she’s going to have to leave because everyone knows about them. Karen tells her she’ll go with her. That she wants to be with her every day, just as they are now.
Back in English again to finish the episode the class start chanting lesbian as Holly walks out of her class and out of the school. Karen runs after her and they walk off together, sticking together as a couple.
All in all a sweet lovely story about leaving everything you know for love, but it needed to be longer. I feel the two fall in love too quickly as the episode was just over half an hour. I hope the BBC do some more dramas like this.