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Silver River takes on “Shades of Grey”

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned indie prodco Silver River to make a doc looking at the phenomenon surrounding E. L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey, which has become the UK's fastest-selling paperback to date.
July 23, 2012

UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) has commissioned indie prodco Silver River Productions to make a doc looking at the phenomenon surrounding E. L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, which has become the UK’s fastest-selling paperback to date.

Entitled Sex Story: 50 Shades of Grey, the quick-turnaround doc will question whether the success of the book has “brought bondage into the mainstream” and “transformed us from a nation of prudes to one of happy spankers,” according to C4. It airs July 29 at 10 p.m. GMT.

Psychologist and sex columnist Pamela Stephenson and Belle De Jour author Brooke Magnanti will feature in the film, offering their opinions on the book.

The program also promises to use archive footage to compare the book with the other S&M-focused books and films that have made a cultural splash, in order to ask whether Grey really goes further than previous works of mainstream erotica.

The producer/directors are Eleanor Scoones and Marcie Hume, and the exec producers are Emma Hindley and Richard Bacon.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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