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 »





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Co-Ordinator Ugo Priest
... Deanie Webb
Tony Vogel ... Nat Mender
... Lasar Opie
Vickery Turner ... Misch
... Grels
... Kin Hodder
Lesley Roach ... Keten Webb
Hira Talfrey ... Betty
Patricia Maynard ... Nurse
... Custard Pie Expert
Brian Coburn ... Custard Pie Expert
... Custard Pie Expert
Wolfe Morris ... Custard Pie Expert
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)  »

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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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Prescient doesn't begin to describe it
15 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Time : the near future. Or far. Or now.

A small minority of "high drive" people manufacture the entertainment and drugs that keep the majority of "low drive" people happy. TV is two way - they can see the audience reacting. And the news is bad - the Low Drives are getting bored, even with the "S=x Olympics" on the horizon.

Not all the High Drives are happy either. Some want "real art" on TV, others just have consciences. One "real art" advocate cracks, puts on an unscheduled demonstration during a TV show and is killed in a fall.

The audience laps it up, even as it laughs it up. The High Drives realize that the Low Drives want surprise, tragedy, even horror. They devise the "Live Life Show", with a High Drive family stranded on a windswept Scottish island, and lots of cameras around to follow their movements....and there's a surprise...your friendly neighborhood psychopath.

Britain's top actors, including the incomparable Leonard Rossiter, showed the way to where we are now, with Reality TV and Fear Factor lining the sewer of the public mind. At least they haven't killed anybody...yet.

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