There’s no getting around it, there was a whole lot of sex in the first episode of ‘Versailles’ last night (1 June), wasn’t there?
But let’s face it - the sex was all anyone on Twitter was talking about.
In the space of 17 minutes, in fact, viewers were confronted with four separate “scenes of a mature nature”, which no doubt made for uncomfortable viewing for anyone who tuned in with their parents expecting a ‘Downton Abbey’-esque historical drama (with a few more wigs thrown in for good measure).
‘Versailles’ co-creator David Wolstencroft has now addressed the public’s reaction to the sex scenes telling us, basically, that we all need to just grow up a bit.
He told The Telegraph: “Sex is a fact of life. We’re all here because of sex. If you look at the honesty of what the show is doing, the depiction of it as a function of power, the context of it, rather than avoiding the subject entirely, which would be laughable.
David continued: “If you want to get titillated and count the nipples, go ahead, but that’s not the way that French audiences have consumed it, Canadian audiences have consumed it, and the way I think English audiences will consume it, I think they’ll look about it and say 'What was all that fuss?'”
Strong words for all the nipple-counters out there.
‘Versailles’ continues next Wednesday (8 June) at 9pm on BBC Two.