Is BBC's Wanderlust the steamiest TV drama ever?

It is described it as ‘a searingly insightful and funny exploration of relationships’.

But viewers of Wanderlust – possibly the raunchiest drama ever made by the BBC – may reach a rather different conclusion this week after being assailed by more than a dozen scenes featuring sex, pornography and drugs in the first episode alone.

The six-part series, which starts on Tuesday, tells the story of relationship counsellor Joy Richards and her schoolteacher husband Alan, who both agree to take lovers in an effort to reignite their sex lives.

In the opening moments, just after the 9pm watershed, Joy is seen having sex with Alan and then masturbating. Australian actress Toni Collette, who plays Joy, said: ‘Someone told me I was the first woman to have an orgasm on the BBC… and I’m happy to take the accolade.’

The BBC is braced for complaints about the episode – a situation unlikely to be helped by its use of expletives, including 14 instances of the F-word.

A spokesman for campaign group Mediawatch-UK said: ‘We fear Wanderlust is nothing more than soft porn dressed up as a mid-life crisis.’

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