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Amanda Holden & Dan Jones to Host “Sex: A Bonkers History” for Sky History

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Amanda Holden to Host Sex A Bonkers History for Sky History

Amanda Holden & Dan Jones to Host “Sex: A Bonkers History” for Sky History

Sex: A Bonkers History, a 5-part, 60-minute factual entertainment series presented by Amanda Holden and Dan Jones, will premiere on Sky HISTORY in September 2023 thanks to a commission from A+E Networks EMEA.

What can we expect from the series

Amanda Holden and Dan Jones will discuss the impact of sexual behaviour on civilizations throughout history in this original UK commission. The series will use archival footage and drama reconstruction to shed light on the best untold sex stories in history, with Amanda Holden and Dan Jones in the lead roles.

From the invention of the first contraceptive in ancient Egypt to swinging in 1970s suburban Britain, Amanda and Dan will examine how society’s views on sexuality have changed over time. They will learn how the sexual appetites of the Tudors altered the course of British history and how the prim and proper appearance of Georgian Britain is a far cry from the reality. They also discuss how the Victorian era was actually quite progressive in terms of sexual norms. Finally, they learn that the rate of change in sexual attitudes in the 20th century is higher than at any time in history and is only increasing.

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In addition to the late executive chair of Ann Summers, Jacqueline Gold CBE, and international teacher of Dominance studies Anne O Nomis, Amanda and Dan will also meet sex historian Dr. Kate Lister, author of “A Curious History of Sex,” and “The History & Arts of the Dominatrix.” In Sex: A Bonkers History, Amanda and Dan immerse themselves in the past and provide us with surprising and often hilarious new perspectives.

Quotes from Amanda and Dan

Amanda Holden said: “Believe me when I say our generation knows nothing about sex compared to the debauched antics of our ancestors! My goodness, I’ve really had my eyes opened, and had a real laugh, during the filming of this brilliant new series. I have left it to Dan Jones to get his hands dirty whilst I’ve been on the side-lines as a very entertained voyeur. Although perhaps shocking at times, Sex: A Bonkers History is a truly fascinating and intellectual insight into the last 2500 years of our sexual history. This is horrible histories for grown-ups.”

Dan Jones added: “Sex is the one thing we can be certain human beings have done throughout the whole of history. It’s a fascinating way to take a romp through the millennia, from the Ancient Egyptians to swingers in the 1970s, and up to the wonders of the digital age we live in today. Amanda is a dream host – she’s a great laugh, who’s always ready with a penetrating question and a fresh take on the past. Meanwhile, I’ve had a blast throwing myself into some pretty weird and wild situations – all in the name of research. It’s the best historical fun I’ve had with (most of) my clothes on.”

Who is making the series

The series was commissioned, and executive produced by Dan Korn, VP of Programming at A+E Networks EMEA, with Diana Carter, Commissioning Editor and Head of Talent at A+E Networks EMEA.

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Sex: A Bonkers History premieres on Sky HISTORY in September 2023. The series will also air across the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland in October 2023.


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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