The Dark Side of Porn (Season 1)

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A UK Channel 4 documentary series which examined the adult entertainment industry. This first series was broadcast in 2005, with each of the four episodes directed by a different person . The series focused on the dark side of the industry, each episode is detailed below. The series was a success and a second series was screened in 2006 (watch the second series here).

Episode 1: Porn Shutdown

The first episode focuses on Darren James, the actor who was diagnosed with HIV in 2004 and led to a two month shutdown of the entire adult industry in California and an urgent search for the source of his infection in order to prevent an outbreak. It was ascertained that James had probably been infected after starring in a scene with Bianca Biagg in Rio de Janiero and that after returning from Brazil he had worked with three further actresses in America. All three of those actresses had also become infected.

Episode 2: Diary of a Porn Virgin

The second episode looks at the grim reality of the industry for a newcomer, from their first approach to an agency to try and get representation, their first unpaid photoshoot to try and get some work, the obligatory HIV test that they must undertake before they can do their first scene, the first audition, and their first hardcore scene. This episode focuses on the British adult industry.

Episode 3: Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered

This episode (also known as The Curse of Debbie Does Dallas) examines the production and marketing of the controversial cult classic Debbie Does Dallas, and attempts to unravel the mystery of the star Bambi Woods. She dissapeared from the adult industry soon after the films release, and was rumoured to have problems with the FBI related to her links to the mafia. Despite becoming a huge star she also had financial problems, with her proceeds from the film paying off a debt. She was nowhere to be seen by the mid-80’s, rumours circulated that she had died of a drug overdose in 1986 but there have been other claims made that she went on to live a regular family life.

Episode 4: Death of a Porn Star

The final episode of the first series examines the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Lolo Ferrari, the woman who had the largest breasts on the planet (although they were artificial), as well as an attempt to gain an insight into her personality and constant need for attention. The episode includes interviews with her mother, her husband, and her plastic surgeon. Her death in France in the year 2000 at the age of 37 was officially recorded as suicide but there were suspicions that her husband may have been involved in her death, he wasn’t officially cleared until 2007 (two years after the broadcast of this series).

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