Billie Piper ‘breaks record for longest masturbation scene on British TV'
Billie Piper’s masturbation scene in I Hate Suzie has apparently broken the record for the longest solo sex moment on UK screens, according to reports.
In the fourth episode of the Sky Atlantic series – which Piper (who co-wrote the series alongside Lucy Prebble) plays a former popstar turned sci-fi actor whose career is about to get a boost by being cast as a Disney princess, before her life takes a turn when her naked pictures are leaked by a hacker – sees the star break new ground with one intimate moment.
Rolling around in bed, Suzie is seen pleasuring herself, with The Sun claiming the seven-minute four-second moment is the longest masturbation scene on UK television.
A source told the publication: ‘It’s not often women are shown on telly enjoying themselves, well, solo. So frankly it makes a refreshing change to see such a long and animated scene like this one.
‘Billie co-wrote the series and was determined to show women doing it for themselves.’
And fans are loving the frank look at pleasure, with one dismissing the idea one should approach the scene from a pornographic standing.
They wrote on Twitter: ‘why is everyone talking about the 7 minute masturbation scene in i hate suzie like it’s just pure pornography ? it’s an exploration of her characters psyche and sexual identity and the sexual relationship she’s had with men since a young age ? (sic).’
Another fan applauded the scene: ‘Episode 4 of I Hate Suzie is soooo good! Such a realistic and important exploration of female desire, masturbation, fantasy! This show is brilliant, Lucy Prebble knocked it out the park.’
The script isn’t autobiographical, however Piper recently opened up on the fact it does draw from elements of her life, including her dealings with anxiety, telling Glamour: ‘I didn’t think I had anxiety until seven years ago. I always remembered myself as quite a chilled child, and maybe that was true – my mum says that I was a sort of sunny, happy child.
‘But I think I’m just coming to terms with the fact that I actually have quite acute anxiety, and I know I managed that as a kid. Also, nobody was talking about it, so you couldn’t name it, and therefore it can often go unnoticed.
‘I was like an obsessive cleaner when I was a kid, in a way that’s beyond normal.’
When it comes to the game-changing intimate scene, though, Piper joins the likes of Toni Collette, who only two years ago became the first star to depict a female orgasm on BBC One, in Wanderlust.
‘Someone told me I was the first woman to have an orgasm on the BBC… and I’m happy to take the accolade,’ the actress said of her role as Joy Richards.
Speaking to the Radio Times she went on: ‘It’s so honest and fresh in the way the women are portrayed. To be a middle-aged woman, to be in a long-term relationship and to be alive, dealing with a lot of things – it’s tough.
‘Certainly a middle-aged woman’s sense of self-esteem, of sexuality, is not often talked about.’
The way things are going, with more productions shining a light on female pleasure we’ll get to see more of this groundbreaking content in our storytelling.
Metro.co.uk contacted Sky Atlantic for comment.
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