“Graphic-o!”

Russell Tovey commends unflinchingly graphic gay sex scene in new TV show

Looking alum Russell Tovey has a new TV show out, the first episode of which features him in a “graphic-o” gay sex scene.

The dystopian BBC One drama Years and Years — which also stars Emma Thompson and Rory Kinnear — follows an English family through one pivotal night in 2019 and tracks the fam across the next 15 years. Tovey plays Daniel Lyons, a gay housing officer who has a “pretty graphic sex scene in the first episode,” Yahoo! Movies reports.

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“This is the world we’re living in so we should be able to see this and your children should be able to,” the actor said. “Not that children are gonna watch this show as it’s after the Watershed. It’s graphic-o! Everything has to be shown because, otherwise, if you don’t show diversity, if you don’t show gay sex, if you don’t show men in love, or women in love, or whatever, then how the hell do you normalize it? The only way for people to really get cultural references is through television.”

Also getting down and dirty on screen is costar Ruth Madeley, an actress with spina bifida who plays single mother Rosie Lyons on the show. “Personally, I thought it was really important that Rosie had such an active sex life, and she has a disability,” Madeley says. “A massive part of her character is her sexuality, which is great and I loved that. As terrifying as it was, at the time, it was so important, because I had never seen that. I still don’t think I do a lot on TV. So to be able to bring that across was really, really important. I think that everyone was really supportive and very respectful.”

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Don’t worry, Yanks. You too will get to see all this small-screen sex for yourself: Years and Years is coming to HBO soon.