Tuesday 17 September 2019

Raw's racy sex scenes failing to rattle viewers

NIAMH HORAN Entertainment Reporter

Full-frontal nudity, gay sex scenes and lesbian kisses now seem to go over the head of the Irish public -- with both the Broadcasting Commissioner of Ireland and RTE saying they have had no complaints about the "soft porn" opening scene of a 9.30pm drama, Raw.

The controversial series, which is already attracting significant viewing figures, will feature a host of Hollywood-style sex scenes and cheeky nude shots for viewers to feast their eyes upon.

The first episode aired to rave reviews and programme creators have wasted no time putting their erotic storylines on show.

One of the first scenes featured two Irish actors bumping and grinding to music with a curvaceous blonde on top, the camera lingering on her bouncing breasts as she springs up and down on her male conquest.

In another scene, two male gay characters are seen breathlessly panting after a roll between the sheets, while a lingering French kiss between two female characters is sure to set television screens alight.

The explicit series will also feature a scene in which a man receives oral sex from a waitress after she drags him off to the toilet, as well as a gay full-frontal sex scene.

Set in a fictitious thriving Dublin restaurant, the six-part series follows the lives, relationships and traumas of the staff.

The show features top Irish stars, such as Pure Mule's Charlene McKenna, Bachelor's Walk's Keith McErlean and Shelley Conn of Mistresses.

A spokesperson for RTE says the series does not feature sex simply for the sake of showing sex.

"We wanted to address the reality of a group of twenty-somethings living in Ireland today and illustrate how their relationships work, all the ups and downs, and the drama that unfolds in their lives, and sex is an integral part of that.

"There was no such thing as 'no, you can't do that' or 'you can't leave that scene in'. We all worked very closely together and we're very pleased with the result."

The next episode of Raw will air tomorrow night on RTE 2 at 9.30pm.

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