Adult Material: Sheridan Smith to play porn star in new Channel 4 drama

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Sheridan Smith will play a porn star in new Channel 4 drama Adult Material.

The four part series comes from writer Lucy Kirkwood and will star Sheridan Smith (Cilla, Dates, The Moorside) in the lead role.

Channel 4 say "Set in modern Britain, Adult Material delves inside the porn industry from the perspective of a woman who has been working in it her entire adult life and has seen it grow from a seedy backroom enterprise to a legitimate and highly profitable arm of the telecommunications business.

"The drama from Fifty Fathoms will investigate the myriad of ways that sex, power and consent are intrinsically connected, providing a unique perspective and compelling exploration of questions that have become particularly resonant around the world in recent months."

The channel says its new series will "look at the reality of life on the factory floor in 2018."

"What’s it like to see the cost of your product fall as demand rises? How has porn’s influence on mainstream culture affected our ideas of consent? And what does it feel like when your body is on everyone’s computer but you still can’t get on the P.T.A?" a release teases.

Smith plays Jolene Dollar, mum of three and leading British porn star for two decades.

One day on set, Jolene is introduced to Amy. Amy is 19, not much older than Jolene’s oldest daughter, Phoebe. An aspiring dancer recovering from an injury, Amy looks up to Jolene. And Jolene looks after Amy the way that she looks after every new girl on set.

But she can’t protect Amy from her own choices, and soon her relationship with this unstable young woman will see Jolene’s own career and complicated home life start to unravel, as everything Jolene thought she knew about herself comes undone.

Sheridan Smith said: “Adult Material tackles some really important topics, topics that I’m sure will resonate with people up and down the UK. I think its taboo-busting drama which not only confronts these questions head on but is also a brilliantly brave and unabashed story told with real heart.

"Thanks to broadcasters such as Channel 4 and Lucy’s thought-provoking and insightful writing, Adult Material gives Jolene the platform and voice she deserves and it feels like the perfect time to tell her story. I’ve played some truly fascinating women in my career, from all walks of life, and I can’t wait to step into Jolene’s shoes.”

Lucy Kirkwood, writer, added: “I am delighted that Channel 4 has given Jolene a home, it feels like exactly the right place and the right time to look at the way that economics colours every aspect of female experience.

"I am also over the moon to be working with Sheridan again, she is an actor of genius and I know that in her brilliant hands Jolene will be warm, funny, complicated and truthful”.

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