Broadcaster Alice Levine will present a new three-part series looking at whether ‘normal’ truly exists when it comes to sex and sexuality in the 2020s.
Sex Odyssey (w/t) is going under the sheets to find out how lockdown has affected Brits’ sex lives, and whether Britain will finally shake off old sexual conventions when things return to normal.
Since lockdown, British internet searches for sex toys have increased by 900%, and subscriptions to webcam services have gone off the charts. Levine, the co-creator of the hit podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno, will be travelling up and down the nation to meet the adventurous people pushing the boundaries of sex, intimacy and relationships.
Over the course of the series, as she is invited into the bedrooms of strangers, Levine’s discoveries will challenge her own preconceptions surrounding sexual conformity. The series will be executive produced by renowned documentary-maker Louis Theroux (Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends).
Presenter Alice Levine said: “It’s a real honour to be the first presenter Louis is working with as an executive producer, especially after so many years watching his programmes. We are both fascinated by the contradictions of people’s lives - the strange and transgressive, next to the mundane and ordinary, in one person's story. I hope that these films will be both warm and funny, surprising and sensitive. And if we can take the taboo out of talking about sex, that’s a huge bonus.”
Executive Producer Louis Theroux added: “I’ve always seen films themed around sex as the most challenging but when you get them right the most rewarding. Our sexual interests are arguably the most fundamental aspect of who we are and we’re living in a time when a lot of our assumptions are being rethought. This is a chance to examine all of that, and doing it with a presenter whose warmth, wit, intelligence, and sensitivity make her an ideal guide through sometimes difficult terrain."