For some it’s watching our favourite characters getting down and dirty in the bedroom that makes soap operas exciting, but now TV bosses have been asked to clean up their act when it comes to soapy sex scenes.
According to the People, government ministers have urged British TV bosses to monitor their sexual storylines and to make sure that, wherever possible, safe sex is promoted.
The proposals come after a study found that only three out of a possible 102 onscreen sexual encounters showed the couples using a condom while making love.
Public health minister Gillian Merron insisted the government will not be telling broadcasters what they can and cannot contain in their storylines but will instead encourage them to act responsibly and to consider the benefits of conveying good sexual practices.
Hollyoaks producer Paul Marquess told the news provider: “[TV] offers a great platform to promote good sexual health and we take the importance of reminding viewers about safe sex very seriously.”
TV executives may look to include the humble condom in their storylines as it is still one of the UK’s most preferred methods of contraception.
Around 25 per cent of women aged 50 and under are reaching for the rubber whenever they have sex, according to the Office for National Statistics.