A Girl's Guide to 21st Century Sex

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A Girl's Guide to
21st Century Sex
Created by Dr Catherine Hood
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 8
Running time 45 minutes
(including advertisements)
Production company(s) Brighter Pictures
Distributor Endemol
Original network Channel 5
Picture format 16:9
Original release 30 October (2006-10-30) – 18 December 2006 (2006-12-18)

A Girl's Guide to 21st Century Sex is a documentary TV series about sex, which ran in eight episodes on Channel 5 and was presented by Dr. Catherine Hood. The 45-minute-long episodes (including advertisements) were broadcast on Monday nights. The series started on 30 October 2006, with the final programme broadcast on 18 December 2006.[1][2]

Each episode explained a sex position and covered a sexually transmitted disease. Additionally, the following topics were discussed: sex among handicapped and overweight people, penis enlargement devices, penis enlargement surgery, sexual violence against men and penis removal, tantric sex, the g-spot, erectile dysfunction, sex reassignment surgery, cosmetic surgery of the vagina (labiaplasty), swinging, lichen sclerosus, the use of recreational drugs during sex, male homosexual sex in public toilets, full body plastic wrap bondage, and sex dolls.

The programme included close shots of the male and female body as well as footage of sexual intercourse and ejaculation filmed with an internal camera placed inside the vagina. These scenes were filmed starring Australian-born pornographic actress Elizabeth Lawrence and English-born pornographic actor Stefan Hard.[1][3]


Episode Topics Original Air Date
1 30 October 2006 (2006-10-30)
2 6 November 2006 (2006-11-06)
  • The G-Spot
  • Sexual Role-Playing
  • Position: Side Slide
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease: Chlamydia
  • Sex with Small Penis
  • Sex During Pregnancy
13 November 2006 (2006-11-13)
  • Male Masturbation
  • Position: Reverse Cowgirl
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease: Peyronie's disease
  • Sex When Disabled
  • Female Multiple Orgasms
  • Sex and Drugs
20 November 2006 (2006-11-20)
5 27 November 2006 (2006-11-27)
6 4 December 2006 (2006-12-04)
  • Aphrodisiacs
  • Position: Splitting the Cicada
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease: Pubic Lice
  • Sex at a Higher Age
  • Sexual Fitness
  • Cottaging
11 December 2006 (2006-12-11)
  • Vaginal Reconstruction
  • Position: Lotus
  • Transsexuals
  • Sperm
18 December 2006 (2006-12-18)


Ofcom complaints[edit]

21 people complained to the national television regulator, Ofcom, that the explicitness of the sexual scenes breached obscenity and broadcasting regulations, and that the series imparted "inappropriate information to vulnerable young girls". Ofcom ruled that there was no rule banning the showing of genuine sexual acts on free-to-air television, and that "in [their] view the portrayal of sex in this programme genuinely sought to inform and educate on sex", concluding that "whilst the visuals were explicit at times, nothing was transmitted in a manner that could be construed as having the potential to harm people under the age of 18", particularly given its context as a serious factual programme, and as such, it was ruled that the episodes were not in breach of any broadcasting regulations.[3]


The show went off the air after 8 episodes for one series in 2006.


  1. ^ a b "Let's talk about sex; Best of this week's TV. A Girls Guide to 21st Century Sex". Daily Record (Glasgow). 28 October 2006. 
  2. ^ A Girl's Guide to 21st Century Sex at the Internet Movie Database.
  3. ^ a b "Ofcom broadcast bulletin" (PDF). Ofcom. 29 January 2007. p. 13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "A Girl's Guide to 21st Century Sex". docuwiki.net. 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

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