Gay British Couple to Have Sex on TV, Then Discuss It

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Channel 4, a cable network out of England, is sure to receive strong viewership numbers with its new program called "Sex Box." Part of the oft-scandalous channel's Campaign for Real Sex season, "Sex Box" is an interview-style program in which couples have intercourse in an opaque cube on a soundstage, then discuss sexuality with a panel directly afterward. A gay male couple, John and Matt, will be among the show's participating three couples.  

The Guardian reports:

A sound-proofed box in a television studio may not be a dream romantic setting, but then most lovers would probably not leap out of bed for a postcoital interview with Mariella Frostrup. Yet this is the format of a new Channel 4 programme that aims to "reclaim sex from pornography" by delving between the sheets of British people.

"I approached it with great trepidation and a degree of scepticism, particularly about why we needed a box, but ultimately I think it was a really really mature – surprisingly for television – look at a subject we've allowed to proliferate in its worst manifestations and refuse to confront," she [Frostrup] said.

The show shys away from the gratuitous sexuality so often employed to unsuccessful character-building effect in film and television, instead aiming for a still-sexy exploration of what sexuality means for the real couples. 

Channel 4's head of factual programming, Ralph Lee, said there was "nothing salacious" about the show and that "strangely it's quite a chaste programme – there's no sex in it".

"The explosion of online pornography is one of the stories of our time and this absolutely intends to be an open, adult, quite deep conversation about sex," he said. "The experts we have are not flippant people. That said, there is a levity to the conversation. It's not a massive furrowed-brow type conversation because there's something mischievous when you watch it. We're confident there's a sincere motive behind it."

Channel 4's other Campaign for Real Sex season programming include kick-off documentary "Porn on the Teenage Brain," airing September 30th, as well as a doc about the female pursuit of better sex, called "The Week the Women Came." Another reality program titled "Date My Porn Star" unites three porn fans with their favorite celebs. 

Image courtesy of The Independent.

Comments

  1. Moz's says

    make it global & make it multi racial

    BUT instead show a live living daemonstration of using birth control for All …… not just a condom

    no pre- recording & or editing, no being clinical about it, show goofs and All

    rinse repeat re-broadcast night & day

  2. John C says

    Channel 4 is one of the UK’s major TV channels, not a cable network.

    And “England” does not mean Britain or the UK, as anyone from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland will be happy to tell you after they’ve stopped swearing.

  3. RC says

    Would “Global and Multi-racial” get back in the time machine and go back. Andy likes this story. It’s dry, wry, friction.

  4. Rexford says

    In New York Magazine’s coverage of this, they made sure to mention that “there is no prize” .. LOL!

  5. Boz says

    Channel 4 isn’t cable. It’s a public service broadcaster. It used to be edgy, now it’s trying reeeeallly hard. Some of it’s stuff is still great though. See Educating Yorkshire, One Born Every Minute and Utopia.

  6. Bryan says

    Is there a time limit? 😀 I’m sure no one wants to be a minute man on tv lol and neither do people want to be waiting 45mins to an hour for someone to get done so they can interview them

  7. ratbastard says

    Stupid. The more I check out Britain’s mass media and pop culture, the more obvious they’re even more corporate and cheesy than we are here in the U.S.

  8. scott says

    Exactly- @Bryan. This sounds sortof interesting, but to be honest, how many people are you going to get to go on stage, have sex inside an opaque box (yeah, does this mean shadows and outlines or no visibility at all) in a studio in front of hundreds of people, in a time limit (I suppose ?!?) and then be interviewed afterwards? Umm, not too many, and those who do, def won’t represent the majority of the population.

  9. Carlsson says

    This is just another example of cultural rot and the ever growing desperate desire for 15 minutes of fame. The people who would actually do this are despicable, including the host/interviewers (Dan Savage is part of it so you know that this aren’t good people).

  10. D.R.H. says

    Why??? We’ve been having sex for more than 2 million years, I’m sure we’ve figured out how to do it by now.

    “You’ve just had sex in a box on live TV. How was it?”

    “Well it was just like any other sex, except it was in a box.”

    “Amazing!”