Blackeyes is an attempt to explore "what does go on between men and women in their heads, to show the possibilities of the ways that they see each other." Complex and multi-layered, the interweaving narrative threads include novelist Maurice James Kingsley who appropriates accounts by his niece Jessica about her life as a professional model. Kingsley's embellishments become a trashy bestseller, "Sugar Bush," tracing the rise and decline of fictional fashion model Blackeyes, victimized by men. Angry and betrayed, Jessica begins to rewrite Kingsley's novel to set Blackeyes free from the abuse of men.
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A press screening on 22 November of the series provoked negative responses in several of the journalists and reviewers present. Its nudity and sex was described in previews as "soft porn" and "a simple turn-on for male viewers". Some journalists, mostly female, used their reports as excuses to attack writer and director Dennis Potter; in City Limits Deborah Orr described him as "unpleasant", Maria Lexton condemned him in Time Out as "a very sick man...[with a] twisted attitude to women and fucking" and in the Evening Standard he was dismissed as "a dirty old man." The Daily Mirror created a new nickname for Potter when its front page headline asked, "All clever stuff... Or just Dirty, Den?" Sally Payne summed up the tension between Potter's intentions and their execution in the Sunday Times, "My gut feeling was distinct unease which verged on outrage the more I thought about it. I became convinced that Potter was guilty of the crime he was condemning", i.e. the objectification of "young and attractive women as consumer goods in a way that brutalizes both sexes." See more