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10th - 21st September 2007
Fifty years after the Wolfenden Report, Radio 4 presented a series of programmes exploring sexuality in Modern Britain.
Click here to go to the Front Row web pageAcross the fortnight on Front Row, ten celebrated artists promoted landmark works of art from the last 50 years that have changed our views of the expression and depiction of sexuality. 

On 21st September 2007 Mark Lawson chaired a discussion to decide which has been the most influential. 

See the results of the online audience vote.
Have your say about our choices and tell us what we missed.

7.15pm, weekdays, 10th - 21st September 2007
Click here to go to the Afternoon Reading web pageCase Notes examines sexual dysfunction.

Couples today expect more out of sex and intimacy than ever before, and as we live longer these expectations are growing, yet are often unfulfilled.

Most people encounter sexual difficulties at some point in their life – common disorders include loss of desire in both women and men, erectile dysfunction and inability to attain orgasm in women.

Treatments depend on the cause of the problem and range from medication or surgery to behavioural psychotherapies.

Dr Mark Porter explores this expanding field of medicine.

9.00pm, Tuesday 11th September 2007
Image of a couple on a beach.A snapshot of British sexual attitudes and preoccupations through anecdote and frank talking.

What do we get up to in the bedroom and beyond, and how do we feel about it?

With Professor of Sexual Health, Kaye Wellings.

1: Old Age to Fortysomething
9.00am, Thursday 13th September 2007

2: Fortysomething to teens
9.00am, Thursday 20th September 2007
Two men kiss to celebrate their civil partnershipTo mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Wolfenden Report, a landmark in the history of gay rights, Tom Robinson explores the portrayal of homosexuality in the media.

In the first of this two part series Robinson, who made his name in the seventies with the song Glad To Be Gay, looks back from the late fifties to the early seventies and examines where the media sometimes led and lagged behind the public in its representation of gay people via newspapers, television, books, music and film.

With contributions from A Taste of Honey actor Murray Melvin, broadcaster Paul Gambaccini and author of The Microcosm Maureen Duffy.

Part 1
11.30am, Thursday 13th September 2007

Part 2
11.30am, Thursday 20th September 2007
When a wife discovers her husband is gay, they are typically left feeling betrayed, confused and isolated. Often there follow revelations of further lies and deceits - which may have spanned years of marriage life.

While husbands will probably start a new chapter in their lives as openly gay men, their wives are frequently left alone, caring for the children of a marriage that for some appears to have been a sham.

Sheila McClennon talks to the married men who've struggled to come to terms with their sexuality – and the wives left to pick up the pieces.

11.00am, Monday 17th September 2007
Click here to go to the Thinking Allowed web siteWhat role has flagellation played in the history of sexuality and what is its place in contemporary culture? How does the whip link medieval religious devotion with modern pornographic imagery?

In Sex and the whip Laurie Taylor discusses the place of the whip in the history of arousal with Niklaus Largier, author of In Praise of the Whip; A Cultural History of Arousal and with Kate Copstick, contributing editor of the Erotic Review.

4pm, Wednesday 12 September 2007
Mariella FrostrupMariella Frostrup asks, Should Sex be more about Procreation than Recreation? 

She chairs a debate with Zoe Margollis (author of Girl with a One tracked Mind - Diary of a Sex Fiend), Irma Kurtz (Agony Aunt), Dr Glenn Wilson (reader in Personality at Kings College Institute of Psychiatry, and a proponent of fidelity).

8pm, Wednesday 19 September 2007
a rulerAlthough attitudes towards sexual behaviour have become much more liberal, it seems that many of us are still anxious about our sex lives. The nation’s obsession with sex is putting extra pressure on us to perform well in the bedroom, and to question whether we measure up.

But is there such a thing as a “normal” sex life? Vivienne Parry asks, 'Am I Normal?'

9pm, Tuesday 18th September 2007
DamageBook at Bedtime is Josephine Hart's chilling exploration of physical passion and psychological darkness.

'Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive,' warns Anna Barton, object of an obsessive love which destroys everything in its path ...

10.45pm, Monday - Friday, 17th - 21st September 2007
Click here to go to the BBC 4 web siteBBC Four's season of programmes teasing out the hidden and often contradictory truths behind the experiences, values and traditions of our lives. Award-winning performances from Michael Sheen and John Hurt bring to life 20th-century gay figures including Kenneth Williams and Quentin Crisp.

Monday 3rd - 10th September 2007
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