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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.

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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