Monday, 14 March 2016

Versailles: Bottom

It's the new BBC blockbuster that cost £21 million to make – but it seems not a lot of that was spent by the costume department.

Versailles is described by the Corporation as ‘a delicious treat’ for viewers, but MPs and family rights campaigners are outraged by its nudity and graphic sex scenes, and have described it as ‘porn dressed up in a cravat and tights’.

The lavish French-made series – which depicts the decadent and debauched life of France’s Sun King, Louis XIV – is set to be the most sexually graphic costume drama ever shown on British TV.

The first episode includes gay sex, a cross-dressing prince, and a queen with a penchant for dwarves. In one scene, the king, played by English actor George Blagden, is seen burying his head between his mistress’s thighs...

But in Britain, it is the sex scenes that are getting campaigners hot under the collar. Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said: ‘There are channels where, if you wish to view this sort of material, you would have to pay for it. BBC viewers don’t have a choice. They have to pay for it whether they approve or not.

‘Is this an example of the BBC dumbing down and seeking more sensationalised programming? That’s an arms race to the bottom – quite literally in this case.’

Daily Mail. 

Naturally, no-one is actually 'outraged', so the Mail phoned a silly Tory MP and some-'pro-family' campaigners for quotes.

Good to see Pink News republishing this manufactured outrage without question, and inventing some tosh of their own; 'New BBC drama to show ‘most explicit’ gay sex ever seen on TV' - something that nobody has said.

Well done!

1 comment:

  1. Wow. And just after the Mail reported approvingly on the "very racy" sex scene in the BBC's Night Manager. I gather that the prospect of a glimpse of Tom Hiddleston's bum sent the ratings soaring. No doubt this new series will be a hit with this kind of pre publicity!