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Sex on Wheels

Sex on Wheels

Thu May 9, 10-11.05pm, C4

By Gabriel Tate
Sex and disability. A no-brainer for the channel that has brought us both ‘The Sex Clinic’ and the Paralympics within the past year. And, while there probably wasn’t much need for us to see Karl, recently paralysed below the waist in an accident, trying to have a wank, Emma Young’s documentary is otherwise a sensitive, well-intentioned and agreeably candid look at how disabled people can overcome their conditions to enjoy fulfilling sex lives.

John has learning difficulties and his mum decides to hire an escort (‘I spend a lot of time rolling about in custard,’ comments the latter). Leah has brittle bone disease but certainly gets about. Pete aspires to be the country’s first disabled porn star. And Karl looks for satisfaction from ‘a trained sacred sexual healer’. The results of the latter may surprise you, but it’s perhaps a tribute to society’s increasing tolerance and understanding of these issues that none of this feels quite as unusual or interesting as Young clearly believes.

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