BBC’s Versailles shocks viewers with sex scenes

Move over Game Of Thrones...

These sex positions aren't for those out of shape... Image Picture BBC

Move over Game Of Thrones, there’s a new show in town that’s getting TV viewers hot under the collar.

The second series premiere of BBC 2’s Versailles, about Louis XIV’s rise to power in 17th century France, featured no less than seven sex scenes, full frontal nudity and one instance of an African dwarf emerging from inside the Queen’s skirt.

“Sex scenes are always awkward. Anyone that’s ever done a sex scene in our industry know that they are embarrassing.”

The show stars George Blagden of Vikings fame, Anna Brewster, Noemie Schmidt, Alexia Giordano and Sarah Winter, all of whom didn’t seem shy about getting their kit off in the name of drama.

If anything deserves the tag “period romp”, it’s Versailles.

“Sex scenes are always awkward. Anyone that’s ever done a sex scene in our industry know that they are the most embarrassing and really awkward as they’re really technical, difficult to shoot,” Blagden told AP. “I’d not done a lot of them before these series.”

Viewers were also getting slightly steamed up by the events unfolding on screen. This is only episode one, too, so expect a lot more of this in the weeks to come…

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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