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The Punter

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 26 November 2012

By Janice Okoh. Everything is about sex. Except sex. Sex is about power. Or perhaps the lack of it. When a lap dancer fears she's being stalked by a regular punter and the local 'gentleman's' club faces closure, a small community is forced to confront its feelings on the sex industry.

Part 1. The Punter

Mike and Rani's cosy night in is disrupted by some startling accusations.

Director ..... Helen Perry

Janice Okoh is an award winning playwright and one of the UK's most promising writing talents .
Her play 'The Real House' (Three Birds) won the prestigious Bruntwood Prize in 2011 and was short-listed for the Verity Bargate Award and the Alfred Fagon Award. She is one of just eight writers selected for the BBC Writers Academy. Her previous works include 'Egusi Soup', which premiered at the 2009 Hotbed Festival, an adaptation of Malorie Blackman's novel 'Noughts and Crosses' for the Saturday Drama and 'SE8', a Radio 4 Afternoon Drama.

Baby Powder and Perfume is set against the backdrop of new licensing laws imposed under the Policing and Crime Act 2009 which allow local communities to challenge the number of lap dancing clubs operating in their neighbourhoods. This law came into force in 2010. It is not a black and white area as Councils are adopting the measures to varying degrees. There is also debate over whether the laws are far reaching enough in the protection of lap dancers.


Ben Crowe
Officer Wright
Will Howard
Helen Perry


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