Theatre 625 (1964–1968)
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The Year of the Sex Olympics 

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 »


Michael Elliott


Nigel Kneale


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leonard Rossiter ... Co-Ordinator Ugo Priest
Suzanne Neve ... Deanie Webb
Tony Vogel ... Nat Mender
Brian Cox ... Lasar Opie
Vickery Turner Vickery Turner ... Misch
George Murcell ... Grels
Martin Potter ... Kin Hodder
Lesley Roach Lesley Roach ... Keten Webb
Hira Talfrey Hira Talfrey ... Betty
Patricia Maynard Patricia Maynard ... Nurse
Trevor Peacock ... Custard Pie Expert
Brian Coburn Brian Coburn ... Custard Pie Expert
Derek Fowlds ... Custard Pie Expert
Wolfe Morris Wolfe Morris ... Custard Pie Expert
Braham Murray Braham Murray ... Custard Pie Expert


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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Release Date:

29 July 1968 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leo Mckern was offered a major role. See more »


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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Incredibly Prescient
16 April 2005 | by tom_prendergastSee all my reviews

I first saw this in the early 70's, it was considered then to be nothing more than science fiction. Intended to be a glimpse of a world where anything goes in the name of entertainment, as well as a warning. It was meant to be an extreme satirical extrapolation, alluding to a future time, in the hope that it might not happen. Spooky really!!

This theme has been done to death many times since, but it was still fresh and original back then. I also remember a TV programme around about the same time called 'The Machine Stops', based on a short story by E M Forster. Although somewhat dated and naive now, bear in mind that it was written in 1909. Its main theme is that humans eventually become alienated and remote from their surroundings, preferring to communicate via TV screens, referred to as Cinematophote. This happened, in the fictional world, because the Earth was contaminated and the inhabitants had to go underground. Obviously the Internet, TV or email was not known then, but it predicted all three, it is strange how fact has 'triumphed' over fiction.

We haven't got to the next stage yet, whereby humans are entirely isolated from their surroundings, but who can say what the future portends?

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