Theatre 625: Season 5, Episode 25

The Year of the Sex Olympics (29 Jul. 1968)

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Set in a future when the world is dominated and run by television, where language has become almost redundant and all "tensions" - love, war, hate, loyalty - have been removed. ... See full summary »

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Co-Ordinator Ugo Priest
Suzanne Neve ...
Deanie Webb
Tony Vogel ...
Nat Mender
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Lasar Opie
Vickery Turner ...
Misch
George Murcell ...
Grels
Martin Potter ...
Kin Hodder
Lesley Roach ...
Keten Webb
Hira Talfrey ...
Betty
Patricia Maynard ...
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Set in a future when the world is dominated and run by television, where language has become almost redundant and all "tensions" - love, war, hate, loyalty - have been removed. Overpopulation is a problem, so there are gluttony programmes to put people off food and pornography programmes to put them off sex. There is artsex and sportsex, and now this - the year of the Sex Olympics. Audience attention begins to wane, however, until TV executive Ugo Priest works on a new concept - a reality-based programme in which a couple is stranded on a bleak island, without the aid of any modern technology, and their efforts to survive filmed twenty-four hours a day. A concept which may sound familiar in the age of reality TV... Written by UK DVD blurb

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Originally filmed in color, only black and white copies are known to exist today. See more »

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Lasar Opie: Old days, I think they called that _despair_. Right, Coordinator?
Misch: She cross, too. That Deanie.
Lasar Opie: You see? The danger force of these bad feelings? We seen fear and anger, worry and pain and so on... Soon, I think, one called _grief_.
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Royalties from Endemol
3 November 2004 | by (Bracknell, UK) – See all my reviews

I hope that Nigel Kneale is receiving royalties from Endemol, producers of "Big Brother". Incidentally a death has occurred on a reality TV show. A contestant was killed during the making of "Noel Edmond's House Party". Plus there have been many deaths caused by the conflicts created on the "Jerry Springer Show". This is a must see film. It's a pity that the lessons of it were not headed. Leonard Rossieter went on to do "The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin" that also challenged the idea of the rat race. Nigel Kneale worked on the wonderful 1984 BBC adaption of 1984 and Quatemass. It is a shame that thought provoking science fiction like this is not being made, due to the dumbing down of television that Kneale predicted in this play.


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