Clive, 45, an IT engineer, and Rosie, 29, are still virgins – and not through choice. Clive is intimidated by the thought of physical intimacy and finds it hard to chat to women, let alone sleep with them. Rosie dreams of marriage and children of her own, but can’t bear to be touched by, or touch, men. Rosie thinks guys smell a bit weird, ‘a cross between aftershave and ham.’
However, help is at hand with a radical two-week course of sex therapy in the US. Clive works with Cheryl, 68, the doyenne of sex surrogates, whose life story is told in the Oscar-nominated film The Sessions. She estimates she’s slept with about 850 men, and that’s not including her husbands. The two quickly develop an intense emotional bond, but is Cheryl accomplished enough to encourage him to face his fears of intimacy?
Meanwhile, Rosie’s surrogate partner is 55-year old Gary, an ex-professional tennis player turned counsellor. She’s determined to lose her virginity saying, ‘For my first time.... I’d like the other person to really know what they’re doing…. If you want the job done, get an expert.’ He faces a mighty challenge as Rosie tells him bluntly that she doesn’t fancy him. Gary insists that this doesn’t matter, believing that it’s the quality of the emotional bond that determines successful partner surrogate therapy, as much as physical attraction.
Will these highly skilled sex surrogates help Clive and Rosie in their quest to go all the way?
Prod Co: Zig Zag