TV tonight: the outrageous book that taught the Victorians about sex

  • The Guardian - TV News
Historian Dr Fern Riddell investigates A Victorial Scandal: The Rudest Book in Britain. Plus: secrets and lies continue in Summer of Rockets. Here’s what to watch this evening

“We’ve been getting the Victorians and their attitude to sex wrong for a very long time,” says Dr Fern Riddell. This documentary sees the historian unpick conflicting accounts of the scandalous sex trial in 1877 that followed the publication of Fruits of Philosophy, a practical guide to sex by Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh, social reformers who wanted to transform a world full of straitjacketed thinking. Half an hour is barely adequate to deal with this subject, but it’s a start. Mike Bradley
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