Before you've seen Lip Service for yourself, keep an open mind. I was told that it is closely modelled on the L Word, and having now watched the first series, I don't agree. Yes, there are similarities. The main characters are a group of friends including three lesbian and bisexual women. There's a striking, androgynous central character, Frankie, who is highly promiscuous and emotionally damaged - obviously some bells will ring there, recalling the L Word's Shane. There's also a lot of sex scenes, and wry humour. And the actors are, without exception, gorgeous. However, that's as far as the comparison goes. There is a big difference between the streets of Glasgow, where Lip Service is set, and the L Word film sets in Vancouver, masquerading as West Hollywood. Lip Service is made by Kudos, who also make Spooks for the BBC, which should give you a feeling for its production values. It has a great sound track of well chosen indie music. Lip Service doesn't engage with sensationalist topics and themes like the L Word - it focuses mainly on relationships and personal demons, and it is grittier and darker than the L Word. Frankie is far more damaged and self destructive than Shane; throughout much of this series she's right on the edge. The gloss and glamour is restrained, and the social milieu is different. Two of the main characters are straight men, wrestling with their own life problems. In fact, if I was going to draw a parallel between Lip Service and another drama series, the one that most strongly comes to mind is This Life. Yes, I really do think Lip Service is that good. There's room for improvement, but I like this programme a lot. I don't know whether a second series has been commissioned, but I hope so. I cared about these characters increasingly as the series progressed, and I want to see them again. So this is a strong recommendation. If you enjoy well made, edgy, modern urban relationship dramas, with excellent acting and engaging characters, then buy this DVD.