Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Banging on Regardless; A Punt at Porn, but Will It Make the Earth Move?

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Banging on Regardless; A Punt at Porn, but Will It Make the Earth Move?

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Byline: CATHERINE SHOARD

ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING: How We Tried to Make the Greatest Porn Film Ever by Victoria Coren and Charlie Skelton (Fourth Estate, pound sterling10.99)

VICTORIA Coren and Charlie Skelton aren't your average pornographers. She's the daughter of humourist Alan; he's the son of a vicar. They're both journalists in their late twenties.

But last year, fed up with the implausible skin flicks they sat through while writing a feature for The Erotic Review, the best friends decided to try to make "the greatest porn film ever".

The result was The Naughty Twins, a 21st century chivalric sex quest involving two lusty virgins, an evil uncle, assorted henchmen and every type of intercourse imaginable. It's still awaiting a distributor, but luckily the making- of book is already with us.

It takes us on Coren and Skelton's (or Vicky and Charlie as they're called here) journey from The Naughty Twins' conception in Belsize Park ("Perhaps we'd had too much coffee. Perhaps our brains were addled by seeing too many insincere Puerto Rican whores") via the scriptwriting sessions in Vegas, to the troubled shoot in Amsterdam-They stop off en route to interview industry veterans and naive starlets, delving into the seamy world of sexploitation with wit, style and the odd crisis of conscience.

But hasn't TV flogged this territory to death? Didn't Ruby Wax once do something very similar? Are we just being served Louis Theroux's sloppy seconds?

That Once More, With Feeling is a book rather than a half-hour show isn't much of an advantage.

It can be quite a slog getting through page-upon-page of the memories of some washed-up old hunk with just the occasional flash of narrative, like "Charlie blushed", to break things up.

At times it feels dangerously close to an extended feature. At other times you start wondering whether they made the movie in order to write the book. …

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