Michael Sheen in Masters of Sex debut on Channel 4 tonight
MICHAEL Sheen hits the small screen in Masters of Sex tonight.
The award-winning Port Talbot actor and star of the Twilight films appears alongside Lizzy Caplan as human sexuality researchers from the 50s - William Masters and Virginia Johnson.
Although little known in the UK, the pair were pioneers in their field.
One million TV viewers tuned into the show following its launch in the US, on a par with the opening night figures for Homeland.
And it has been winning decent reviews.
BELOW: Watch the trailer for Masters of Sex (WARNING: Some scenes unsuitable for children)
The Huffington Post said: “This drama may take a little while to seduce you, but it's worth the wait.”
Newyorker.com said: “...over the first six episodes, the show deepens by degrees, becoming more poignant, and more surprising, too. It begins to acknowledge some of the unsettling implications of the doctor’s work, and lets characters who start as entertaining cartoons gain complexity, taking the plot in new directions.”
While Screenrant.com said Michael Sheen’s was a brilliant portrayal of William Masters, adding: “What’s surprising about Masters of Sex is how intimate and personal it can be. Sure, there are plenty of scenes where beautifully sculpted men and women can be seen in the nude, yet it never feels excessive or forced. Sex is not the focus of this new series, but a backdrop for a deeper discussion about topics such as race, relationships, feminism and more.”
Masters of Sex debuts on Channel 4 at 9pm tonight.
Not so universally well received is Channel 4 show Sex Box (tonight - 7.55pm) on which couples have sex in the "box", a shed-like structure in the middle of the studio, and then discuss the experience with Mariella Frostrup and a squad of "sexperts" immediately afterwards.
Ed Cumming of The Telegraph said: “The idea was that this set-up would provoke some radical honesty from its subjects and provoke a sensible debate about sex and society. It did nothing of the sort. Instead, it brought out a mixture of nervous giggling and reticence that taught us nothing.”
But Ellen E Jones of The Independent, said: “It wasn't exactly what Channel 4 had promised, but it was unexpectedly funny.”
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