Sex sells - Channel 4 to air sex shop family business doc

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by Mark Johnson

Channel 4 and Crackit Productions are going behind the scenes of an extraordinary family business for a one-off documentary. 

The one hour long show, which has the working title, The Sex Shop Family, will follow the Richardsons, whose stock in trade is sex toys and whose staff meetings focus on the merits of a gimp mask or the latest vibrators.

Head of the family is dad and self-made businessman Tim. He’s run Brighton sex shops Taboo and Lust for over two decades, and his family life is as unique as his business backdrop. 

Family affair

Tim’s current wife, Calandra, works alongside ex-wife Nancy, who’s also mother to Tim’s two children – Kizzy and Taz, the heir apparent whom Tim hopes will one day take over the sex shop empire.

As well as exploring the intriguing family dynamics, the film will welcome viewers into the colourful, secret world of the sex shop, where every kink is catered for, whether the customer is hankering for fluffy handcuffs or a life-sized sex doll. 

The family’s eye-wateringly frank dealings with their clientele will give the audience a unique insight into the nation’s sex lives.

The Sex Shop Family was commissioned by Lee McMurray, Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment at Channel 4. The Executive Producer for Crackit Productions is Jon Connerty and the Producer/Director is Matt David.

Unique family business

“The beating heart of this entertaining comedy-doc will be the larger-than-life Richardsons, but their unique family business will also afford Channel 4 viewers a fascinating insight into the bedroom habits of modern Britain”, said Lee McMurray, Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment at Channel 4.

Elaine Hackett, Creative Director at Crackit Productions added: “Crackit loves to find and deliver rare access that offers humour alongside little known revelations. 

“That’s exactly what this eye-opening film does, going behind the often-intimidating show window of the sex shop. 

“The Richardsons, their team and their customers are funny, warm and honest, offering us a view into a world that many of us are intrigued by, but very rarely see.”

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