Electric Blue (TV series)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Running time||60 min.|
|Original channel||Playboy Channel|
Electric Blue was a soft core porn show that aired mainly on the Playboy Channel in the early 1980s. The show was produced in the UK. Many prominent porn stars performed on this show, including Ginger Lynn, Christy Canyon, Sasha Gabor, Traci Lords, Blake Palmer, Janey Robbins, Rick Savage, Jay Serling, Laurie Smith, Heather Wayne, and Jessica Wylde. This grouping of soft core porn first started in London under the direction of Paul Raymond, famous for his 'top shelf' men's magazines including Men Only and Club International. Paul Raymond also owned the Paul Raymond Review Bar, a striptease club in Soho London. The UK saw these shows on video tape, prior to them being picked by Playboy. A film tie-in, titled Electric Blue - The Movie, was released theatrically in the UK in 1982 and on VHS in 1983, and featured Marilyn Chambers presenting archive nude footage of celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Joanna Lumley, Jayne Mansfield and Jacqueline Bisset.
It appeared on home video releases in North America, Australia, New Zealand in the early to mid-1980s.
Electric Blue were derived from the UK, and were a subsidiary of the Video Classics group of labels in Australia. After that company ended, Electric Blue films were released by Virgin Video. Then, in the mid-1990s, they were distributed by Columbia Tristar.
The versions released on home video in North America differed from the UK versions, adding localized content and a greater emphasis on American porn stars.
The type of films released by this company consisted of female centrefolds, nudity and sexual situations. Later on, Playboy in the USA basically copied what they did and aired the show on their channel.
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