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
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Kin Hodder
Lesley Roach ...
Keten Webb
Hira Talfrey ...
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Patricia Maynard ...
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Custard Pie Expert
Brian Coburn ...
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Derek Fowlds ...
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Wolfe Morris ...
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Braham Murray ...
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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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Operation Yewtree police officers are looking into claims of two sexual assaults made on two people when this drama was being made. See more »

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Nat Mender: Sex is not to do. Sex is to watch.
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Featured in The Martians and Us (2006) See more »

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29 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Imagine a world where 'high drive' people with no souls push the boundaries of entertainment for the 'low drive' people - the watching, inert masses, dead at 35. The masses who do not 'do', only 'watch'. A world where a show called 'Sport Sex' puts forwards participants for the Sex Olympics. A world where art is suppressed and tension of any kind is not allowed.

By the time laughter comes from the masses not because of a custard pie fight, but because of a bloody death, you can see how the experiment of 'The Live Life Show', starring a high drive couple and their underachieving child, transported to an island where they have to fend for themselves as in the old days, away from Output, will end.

In a cast who are uniformly effective, Tony Vogel, Suzanne Neve, Brian Cox and Leonard Rossiter stands out. As a look into a future dominated by reality TV, it is quite shocking to stop and realize how far along the road we are, and where it could end. Kneale's play certainly makes its point, although it takes a while for the story to get into its stride.

Originally made in colour but now only existing in black and white, the sets and costumes definitely get lost in the version we now have available. But as an indication of edgy sci-fix drama of the kind which wouldn't get commissioned now (they'd be too busy commissioning The Live Life Show), it still pulls no punches.


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