Like a grown up, televised version of Seven Minutes In Heaven, the couples participating in new UK television special Sex Box will have sex in a soundproof, opaque box located in a TV studio in front of an audience, and then be interviewed post-coitus (“while the feelings and sensations are still vivid and truthful”) about the experience. The show is hosted by ‘agony aunt’ Mariella Frostrup, and features a panel made up of relationship expert Dan Savage, psychotherapist and author Phillip Hodson, and TV sexpert Tracey Cox (context lols!).
Promising both dicks and vaginas in a box, Sex Box will feature two straight couples and one gay couple getting their freak on in the hour-long special, to air on British TV’s Channel 4 on October 7.
The Daily Mail reports that Frostrup hopes the show will encourage a “mature, intelligent discussion about sex in Britain today,” and Channel 4’s Head of Factual Programming Ralph Lee says “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.”
According to the Channel 4 website, Sex Box “is part of Channel 4’s Campaign for Real Sex: a season of programmes that 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.”
Sex Box is the latest in a line of hilariously titled shows from the occasionally raunchy UK broadcaster, which include Sex Toy Stories; Confessions of a Male Stripper; The Joy Of Teen Sex; Bi-Curious Me; My Big Fat Fetish; Tears, Tiaras and Transexuals; Mum’s Gone Gay; Gay To Z; Porn On The Brain; The Sex Inspectors and Sex On Wheels. None of those were a joke.
The show didn’t have any trouble attracting participants willing and able to get down and dirty, boxy-style, but had to work hard to find an audience who would resist the temptation to squeal “awooooooooo loverrrrrsssss!” like a bunch of 14-year-olds when the couples exited the box. The sequel, presumably titled SexBox 360, will likely feature higher definition graphics and wireless… erm… “controllers”.
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