Channel 4 Do we Brits talk enough about sex? Not according to journalist and presenter Anna Richardson, who took us on a journey through British attitudes to everything from pubic topiary to penile girth in last night's The Sex Education Show on Channel 4, the first in a six-part series. This is not my kind of thing, as a rule - people talking openly about sex, how much they're getting it, what kind they're getting. I'd rather clean the oven. But this show claimed to present both teenage and adult perspectives on all matters sexual.
And because I have both a year-old son and a nine-year-old daughter, any advice on how to broach this stuff in a way that is less likely to scar my offspring for life is gratefully received. As it turned out, I didn't need to make notes, because teenage son decided to watch it with me. Which I guess was what Channel 4 intended when they gave it a pre-watershed 8pm slot, but was entirely unexpected and potentially horrifically embarrassing no, for ME, not him.
He wandered in at the start, asked what I was watching, and decided to "give it five minutes". By the end he admitted it had been "interesting" and "useful". And in the mumble-heavy vocabulary of a year-old boy, I believe that counts as a glowing review. So was it any good? Well, yes, I think it was; and much of that was down to Anna Richardson as a presenter. She has a likeable, woman-next-door appeal that takes the informative line on topics such as the warped perceptions teenagers have of the perfect body from looking at pornography, but also isn't afraid to show us her spidery bikini line and the giant beige pants "with period stains" in her underwear drawer.
I found her openness quite refreshing - a good choice for a show that aims to educate without sounding like your mum. It wasn't without its surplus elements - Anna's tantric sex lesson was frankly a bit weird, and an experiment where she asked all the members of a football team to measure the girth of their erect penises to see if they were wearing the right size condoms question from son: Or, equally as likely, revealed that when you line up some Bristolian men and ask them to announce the girth of their erect penis to the assembled group, many of them will lie.
STDs, burlesque dancing and giving birth. Hard to say if teenage son will honour me with his presence again - I fear it may have been a one-off.
Of course he thinks I don't know about this, but I do. I think we'll save that conversation for another day.