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The Dark Side of Porn
Format Documentary TV Series
Starring None
Country of origin United Kingdom
Running time 50 minutes
Original channel Channel 4
Original run 20052006

The Dark Side of Porn is a documentary series that examined the Adult Entertainment Industry. It was produced for Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.


Season 01 (2005)

Episode # Title Original air date
01 "Porn Shutdown" April 25, 2005 (2005-04-25)
Darren James was diagnosed with HIV in early 2004, which led to a two month shutdown of the adult movie industry in Los Angeles. Featuring Sharon Mitchell, founder of the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation and Rob Black, producer of Gonzo pornography
02 "Diary of a Porn Virgin" April 26, 2005 (2005-04-26)
This episode gives an insight in the lives of newcomers to the adult entertainment. From the initial approach to a glamour agency and the first sexy photo-shoot to the HIV test, the audition and the first hardcore shoot, it shows the gritty reality of what working in the porn industry means in Britain today. 
03 "Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered" April 27, 2005 (2005-04-27)
Also known as The Curse of Debbie Does Dallas, in the vein of Inside Deep Throat, it examines the history of the production and marketing of the 1978 cult hit, Debbie Does Dallas, and is a study of the porn industry in the 1970s. Interviews with former porn stars also try to uncover the mystery of Bambi Woods, the starlet who disappeared from porn soon after Debbie Does Dallas and was rumored to have connections with the mafia and problems with the FBI. Featuring interviews with Robin Byrd, female actress in the movie and Bill Kelly, a former FBI agent once working on an undercover operation to bust porn producers. 
04 "Death of a Porn Star" April 28, 2005 (2005-04-28)
This episode examines the mystery surrounding the death of Lolo Ferrari. Featuring candid interviews with Lola's mother, her plastic surgeon and her husband 

Season 02 (2006)

Episode # Title Original air date
01 "Amateur Porn" April 10, 2006 (2006-04-10)
This episode examines what is going on in the British sex industry, where new male actors are lining up to do a job without getting paid. 
02 "Me and My Slaves" April 11, 2006 (2006-04-11)
This episodes is centered around "Rick", a BDSM Dominator who wants to quit the job after doing it for 25 years. Over a period of more than a year, Rick talks intimately about his life. [1] 
03 "Hunting Emmanuelle" April 12, 2006 (2006-04-12)
This episode examines the cultural impact of the movie Emmanuelle. Featuring an interview with Sylvia Kristel. [2] 
04 "Does Snuff Exist?" April 18, 2006 (2006-04-18)
This episode investigates the truth behind snuff movies. It features the 1997 German case where Ernst Dieter Korzen and Stefan Michael Mahn kidnapped a prostitute and recorded her torture.[3] It includes an interview with British Detective Superintendent Michael Hames.[4] 
05 "The Real Animal Farm" April 19, 2006 (2006-04-19)
Looks into the story behind the bestiality porn movies, and discusses the notorious Animal Farm video.[5] Several interviewees, including David Kerekes (co-author of Killing For Culture and See No Evil), author Phil Tonge, feminist writer Germaine Greer and British pornographer Ben Dover, all confessed to having seen bootlegs of Animal Farm in the 1980s, but were apparently unaware that there was no such film - the entity referred to as such was merely a number of existing bestiality shorts tacked together. Tonge described the owner of the copy he saw as an "evil, evil scumbag" and recalled how several "hard lads" either "left the room" or "vomited", Dover remarked that owning the bootleg was a useful aid to games of one-upmanship, since nothing could top the on-screen depravity of Joensen and her co-stars, and the normally easy-going Kerekes was moved to remark that "you can only wallow in filth for so long, and Animal Farm represents the very bottom of the barrel". Its impact on viewers was compared to that of hearing for the first time about the Kennedy assassination. The documentary also told the story of Bodil Joensen, a psychologically traumatized young woman whose brief notoriety as the 'Queen of Bestiality' was followed by a downward spiral of alcohol abuse and prostitution before her death of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of forty, and featured an interview with the Danish pornographer Ole Ege. 


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ Does Snuff Exist?, The Dark Side of Porn, Season 2 Episode 4, Channel 4 documentary, first aired 18 April 2006
  4. ^ "Michael Hames". Retrieved 2008-12-01.  
  5. ^ [3]

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