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Little Birds cast lift lid on 'perilous' sex scenes – and why the female characters are never satisfied in bed

THE Little Birds cast have lifted the lid on the show's 'perilous' sex scenes – and why the female characters are never satisfied in bed.

The Sky Atlantic drama is inspired by Anaïs Nin’s posthumously published 1979 collection of erotic short stories.

Juno Temple plays Lucy Savage, who is on a journey of self discovery after moving from New York to Tangier to marry a British Lord called Hugo, who is secretly gay.

The characters all go on a journey of exploration and find themselves in some highly charged sex scenes throughout the series.

Discussing the intimate shots and what the series tries to highlight regarding sex, Juno said: "Real erotica consists of the stuff that people don’t necessarily want to talk about.

"Sometimes it’s scary, sometimes it’s dangerous but it’s something that isn’t just about the beautiful side of sexuality, it’s a more perilous side of sexuality, you know?


"Which I think can also help you get to know yourself: it’s not about just f****** and getting off, it’s about getting to know your insides and how your blood pumps, you know?"

However, the two main female characters – Lucy and Cherifa (Yumna Marwan) – don't achieve sexual satisfaction during the series.

Juno continued: "I think it’s been honest. [Director] Stacie [Passon] made a really, really cool choice of the two lead female characters in the show, Lucy and Cherifa, two women from polar opposite worlds: one an American debutante and one the highest paid whore in Tangier.

"They couldn’t be from more different worlds and both of them are sexually awakened or trying to be.

"Yet both of them throughout the entire series never get sexually satisfied. That I think was such an interesting choice: they come really close to it but none of them actually reached orgasm."

Meanwhile Hugh Skinner, who plays Hugo, added: "It’s quite out there sexually.

"But it’s about these repressed characters taking ownership of their situation, and a lot of that is through sex, as in the book. So it is important to the story."

Little Birds continues tonight at 9pm on Sky Atlantic.

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