FIRST LOOK at Amanda Holden’s racy new Sky show as presenter explores ‘sexy’ Roman Gladiators and heads to a boxing gym to see ‘fit, athletic men’
The presenter, 52, is fronting Sex: A Bonkers History, alongside historian Dan Jones, and will take a look at how attitudes towards sex and sexuality have evolved.
In upcoming scenes ahead of Monday’s first episode, Amanda meets with sex historian Kate Lister to find out why women went wild for the warriors.
The duo head to a local boxing gym to see some ‘really fit, muscly, athletic men,’ and discuss what made death a powerful aphrodisiac.
Amanda said: ‘I’m hoping she [Kate] can shed some light on the kind of men, that women back then really fancied.’
She continued: ‘We’re in this gym, so I’m hoping to see some really fit, athletic men.’
Sharing her expertise, Kate explained: ‘Gladiators back then, were absolutely sexy. You’re talking about the super buff, athletically elite, flighting semi-nude in a ring.
‘Death is one of the biggest aphrodisiacs ever.’
The show explores how women were banned from the front rows at the arenas for becoming ‘too excitable’ during the fights.
Amanda and Kate are then fitted with heart-rate monitors to watch a boxing match. But, how will they react?
It comes after the TV personality said she thinks that Britain is going backwards instead of forwards when it comes to its perception of sex.
In a Q&A at a screening ahead of the show’s launch, Amanda said she felt that there was ‘more freedoms and less judgement’ back in the day.
She said despite society thinking we have come a long way, people were still ‘frightened to speak’ about many things.
Amanda explained: ‘Personally, I feel like even though we think we’re going forwards, I feel like we’re going backwards.
‘I think when people say conversations are being started, they’re actually being stopped because I think lots of people are frightened to speak on every aspect of everything.’
Amanda went on: ‘There’s so much to celebrate now, so much. And yet when you look back and you see, obviously there’s all the politics, everything else in all the other eras that we haven’t covered in.
‘But I think there were loads more freedoms and less judgement then, than there is now. This is just a wheel that just keeps on turning.
‘I think that’s the biggest lesson that we’ve learnt from this is that we’re just on that same wheel and we’re just coming into the next bit, and then we’re coming into the next bit.
‘So every time we think we’ve gone forward we are always going to step back, and that’s true of absolutely every era that we’ve covered.’
Discussing the show, Amanda revealed that she had been so dedicated that she tried on a toga during one of the coldest months of the year.
She recalled: ‘I really loved learning about the Spartans personally and the wafty outfits… in Crystal Palace.
‘They told me it was going to be somewhere much more exotic. One of the main reasons I took the gig and they took me off to Crystal Palace!’
She complained: ‘It was November I put that toga on! From ASOS!’
Sex: A Bonkers History premieres on Sky History tonight at 9pm.