Alice Levine in Sex Actually

Sex Actually: Louis Theroux and Alice Levine’s new documentary series is coming later this week

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Sex Actually will explore whether there’s such a thing as “normal” when it comes to sex and sexuality in the 2020s.

The events of the last 18 months have simultaneously destroyed and reinvented our sex lives.

Whether you struggled to keep things exciting with your partner during lockdown, turned to sexting to spice up a long-distance relationship or dealt with a fluctuating sex drive as restrictions have eased, it’s safe to say the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we think about and approach sex. 

And as a result, there’s never been a more interesting time to delve into the world of sex and sexuality. 

Enter Channel 4’s new documentary series Sex Actually, the first episode of which is set to air on the channel at 10pm on Wednesday. The three-part series, led by Alice Levine and executive produced by iconic documentarian Louis Theroux, will explore what sex means to people across the UK in 2021.

To find out, the documentary will follow Levine as she travels around the country, immersing herself in the lives of “sexual adventurers” and meeting those “pushing the boundaries of sex, intimacy and relationships”.  

A press release for the series adds: “Alice will be invited into the nation’s bedrooms, challenging her own preconceptions and discovering what happens when the shackles of sexual conformity are abandoned.” 

Alice Levine in Sex Actually
Sex Actually will see Levine meet those “pushing the boundaries of sex, intimacy and relationships”.

Although we don’t know much more about what to expect from the series, it’s safe to say we’re excited to see Levine – who also happens to be a co-creator of the smash-hit podcast My Dad Wrote A Porno – take on this interesting topic.

Speaking about the documentary after it was announced, Levine said she was honoured to be working with Theroux. “We are both fascinated by the contradictions of people’s lives – the strange and transgressive, next to the mundane and ordinary, in one person’s story,” she explained.

“I hope that these films will be both warm and funny, surprising and sensitive. And if we can take the taboo out of talking about sex, that’s a huge bonus.” 

This isn’t the first time Levine – who left her job as a presenter on BBC Radio 1 a year ago – has presented her own documentary. Her 2019 film Sleeping With The Far Right, saw her spend a week living with British Nationalist Jack Sen and his family, in an attempt to understand where his far-right views came from.

For now, however, we’re excited to see what Levine and Theroux get up to with Sex Actually.

The first episode of Sex Actually airs on Channel 4 at 10pm on Wednesday 22nd September

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time. You can find her on Twitter at @laurenjanegeall.