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'Sex Box' on Channel 4 to feature real couples having sex in studio

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Mariella Frostrup will host a new Channel 4 show called Sex Box, which will feature three real couples having sex and discussing it in a TV studio.

The one-hour special, which is part of Channel 4's Campaign For Real Sex season, intends to "reclaim sex from porn" by exploring people's expectations of intercourse.

Mariella Frostrup

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Mariella Frostrup



The couples' sex sessions inside 'The Sex Box' will be hidden from viewers and the studio audience, but they will be expected to candidly discuss their activities.

Frostrup will be joined by a panel of experts - psychotherapist, broadcaster and author Phillip Hodson, sex, body language and relationship expert Tracey Cox, and sex columnist Dan Savage - to talk to the couples about their sex lives.

"Ten years as The Observer's agony aunt has given me plenty of insight into what an important role sex plays in our lives, but also how difficult we find it to talk openly about it to each other," said Frostrup.

"The sex we see on screen, in magazines and increasingly online bears little relation to the real experiences of real people. I'm delighted to take part in this attempt to have a frank conversation about an essential element of all our lives."

The couples taking part will include a pair of childhood sweethearts, a gay couple in their 30s and a couple in their 20s who have just got together.

Ralph Lee, head of factual at Channel 4, said: "The explosion of online pornography is one of the stories of our time and the Campaign for Real Sex season is our response to it.

"Sex Box absolutely intends to be an open and adult conversation about sex, something we feel is currently being overlooked by mainstream programming."

The Campaign for Real Sex season starts on Channel 4 on September 30 at 10pm with documentary Porn on the Brain.

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