You think you must’ve seen every possible format television could throw at you. You think there’s no barrel left to be scraped, and then this morning Channel 4 announce new series Sex Box Fronted by Journalist, broadcaster and agony aunt Mariella Frostrup, this one-off programme which will feature 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.