Put it away! BBC’s Versailles TOO racy for prudish Brit viewers who switched OFF during sex scenes
The viewing figures for Wednesday night’s Versailles premiere on BBC Two have revealed some pretty interesting insights to the British public’s ‘preferences’.
The numbers show that more than 1 million UK viewers switched off during the new period drama’s first episode, which set out to shock and titillate with no fewer than seven graphic sex scenes including full frontal nudity and even a dwarf entertaining the queen from under her skirt.
In spite of our British public’s love for frequently racy shows such as Game of Thrones, it seems the overtly sexual and violent content of Versailles proved a little too much for Wednesday’s audience, who actually switched off during the show’s steamiest sex scenes.
According to The Sun, 300,000 switched off during an intimate scene between actress Alexia Giordano and the French king, with a further 300,000 changing the channel during a second sex scene with Noémie Schmidt, who plays the king’s sister-in-law.
The episode lost another 50,000 viewers during a gay kissing scene, and a reported half a million reached the end of their tether when the king’s brother Philippe raped his wife.
With so much sex and smut packed into the show’s very first episode, we can’t help but wonder; how will Versailles sustain its shock value in the episodes to come?
Versailles continues next Wednesday at 9pm on BBC Two.
Read our review of Wednesday’s premiere HERE.