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Greenlit: Sex Box, Channel 4

Sex Box (1 x 60′) – Journalist, broadcaster and agony aunt Mariella Frostrup hosts this show, which  features candid, open and honest discussions about real sex and relationships. Sex Box is part of Channel 4’s Campaign for Real Sex Season – a season of programmes which aims to reclaim sex from porn by exploring how the ever-increasing consumption of pornography is distorting people’s expectations of sex and ultimately damaging the sex lives of Britons.

The show’s unique and experimental studio-based format is inspired by work undertaken by sex researchers and features three couples doing what comes naturally – having sex – and then talking about it afterwards.

But while the talk will be intimate the couples’ love-making will be entirely hidden from view, taking place in a private area where nobody but them can see what’s going on – inside the Sex Box.

Recorded in front of a studio audience – who, like the television audience, don’t see any sex or nudity – the show explores the average sex lives of Britons. The immediacy of the couples having just had sex is used by sex researchers to encourage a more open and honest discussion.

After their time in the Sex Box, the couples talk to Mariella Frostrup and a panel of experts: psychotherapist, broadcaster and author Phillip Hodson, sex, body language and relationship expert Tracey Cox and internationally syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage about their sex lives and the role it plays in their relationship.

The three couples include an engaged couple who were childhood sweethearts before separating only to be reunited decades later, a gay couple in their 30s who have been together for three years and who think that people just don’t know what gay sex is and a couple in their 20s who are in the first flush of love.

Channel: Channel 4

Producer: Clearstory

TX: October 2013

Source: Channel 4 press release

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