Strictly Confidential pushes the boundaries with a six-part tale of sex and death. Former Coronation Street star Suranne spoke about her latest project at a press launch in London last month. She sat alongside co-stars Cristian Solimeno, who plays her husband Richard, and Tristan Gemmill, who takes the role of his brother Greg, plus writer Kay Mellor.
But for queer British viewers, the show promised some of the only lesbian action on the late autumn TV schedule, and also one of the few bisexual characters in British television history. The brainchild of Kay Mellor — another Coronation Street veteran — Strictly Confidential follows the professional and personal life of Linda Nelson Suranne Jonesa bisexual sex therapist. She and husband Richard Cristian Solimeno are having difficulty conceiving a child, and the search for a potential sperm donor is putting a strain on their relationship.
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It stars Suranne Jones as Linda, a bisexual ex police officer turned sex therapist, who shares a practice in Leeds with her brother-in-law, played by Tristan Gemmill. Her life is complicated by the fact that her husband Richard, her business partner's brother, played by Christian Solimenohas low fertility and cannot give her the baby she wants. She is all for asking his brother her business partner to be a sperm donor, which does not sit well with his wife Kate Isitt.
Suranne Jones is to star in a new drama series penned by Kay Mellor. Linda works in the vibrant city practice alongside her brother-in-law Greg Tristan Gemmill, Distant Shoresadvising a number of clients on sexual problems ranging from "retarded ejaculation" to "vaginismus". Nikki Sanderson Coronation Street guest stars in episode one as a newlywed who is failing to fulfil her husband's desires.
After leaving the soap, Suranne had a number of TV parts before she landed a starring role in crime drama Strictly Confidential as Linda Nelson, a busty bisexual cop turned sex therapist. Physician, reveal thy shelf! Gentleman Jack - as Anne Lister.
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But as she prepares for her most daring and controversial show to date in a sizzling new drama on ITV1, she admits those days are finally gone. She added: "But I've come to the conclusion that you are what you are when it comes to body image. But Suranne, who shot to fame as sexy, loud-mouthed Karen McDonald in Coronation Street, didn't find it easy filming some of the steamiest scenes she's ever done.