Sex Box: Channel 4 to broadcast people silently shagging in a plastic box
CHANNEL 4 are going to show a programme that will feature couples having sex in a sound-proofed box in a TV studio with audience, which isn’t sinister version of The Cube at all.
Three couples (two straight and one gay) will take turns to step into the box before being asked questions by host Mariella Frostrup and a panel of hooting sex experts in the new show Sex Box.
Apparently, the aim of the show is to “reclaim sex from pornography’”and Frostrup hopes that the show would spark a “mature, intelligent discussion about sex in Britain today”:
“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.
“The sex we see on screen, in magazines and increasingly online bears little relation to the real experiences of real people – this will be a frank conversation about an essential element in all our lives.”
So, for those tuning in, we’ll see twentysomethings Rachel and Dean having it away, followed by long-termers Matt and John, and childhood sweethearts Lynette and Des.
One of the awful television sex experts is Tracey Cox, who says:
“The Box itself is a unique way to get peoples’ attention and to recognise that sex is a normal part of all our lives and something we need to be talking about openly and honestly.”
Only sex experts think that people don’t talk about sex openly and honestly. It’s almost like they’re in denial for the sake of getting loads of TV work while pointing at dildos.
Channel 4′s head of factual programming Ralph Lee told the Mail:
“The idea of the box is that it will facilitate a conversation that’s more immediate, more honest and more truthful than if we didn’t have it. It’s not about the technicalities of sex but more about discussing what it means to them as a couple.
“This will add context to pornography.”
Naturally, most people don’t confuse porn and real life sex and those that do certainly won’t be tuning in for a show on Channel 4 where a bunch of sexperts dissect something that’s supposed to be fun.
Still, it’ll probably get decent viewing figures for a channel that is determined to cling to the idea that it still has an edge, before it goes off an makes a programme that laughs at gypsies or people on benefits.