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Sex of the best; Naughty but nice sex expert Tracey Cox is back with a new series to show you how to make the most of your love life.

Byline: Tracey Cox

WHEN the Sex Inspectors first hit our screens last year, the press had a field day, accusing Channel 4 of hitting a new low with a lifestyle programme that took us under the covers to scrutinise the relationships of real people.

For presenter and sex expert Tracey Cox, the furore was quite overwhelming.

'I was in the middle of a book tour in Iceland,' the 43-year-old recalls, 'getting calls from the media saying, 'What are you doing?'. Then I went to New York, and it was the same there. I was just thinking, 'Oh my God!'.'

However, despite the outrage, Tracey was certain things would calm down when the critics got a chance to actually see the show.

'Once they did, it was like, 'Oh, that's not quite what we thought it was going to be',' she reveals, 'because it does dispel myths and it does normalise sex.'

Now back for a second run, the programme has slightly shifted emphasis.

'I think this series is probably more relationship-focused than before,' says Tracey, before adding with a laugh, 'there's still enough sex there to keep everyone interested, though.

'But it's a natural progression. We set out to do a sex show, and quickly realised we couldn't do that because sex and relationships are so linked. So, although we knew that in the first series, in the second we're encompassing it completely. As a result, not all the tips are sexual.'

Nevertheless, the nookie content remains high.

' It's still all sex-based,' affirms Tracey. 'One couple we feature are quite fascinating. You could see they'd only ever slept with each other and they were in their 40s. That in itself is quite extraordinary, because there aren't that many people out there like that.

'So where do you learn about sex in such a situation? ? This couple's solution was quite surprising - 'I know, let's go to a swingers' club'.

'At first I thought, 'What are they thinking?'. But then when I spoke to them, it was actually quite logical.

'We haven't ever slept with anyone else,' they said, 'and we've never seen anyone else have sex'.

I suppose it didn't occur to them to get books out, and they thought it would be like a live biology lesson which, of course, it wasn't.

' They went more to view than actually do anything, and got quite a shock when they arrived, because it was like, 'Oh gosh, we actually have to participate'.'

Tracey's role calls upon her to broach some extremely delicate subjects with the show's participants, but she's unfazed about that aspect of it.

'By the time the couples meet myself and fellow 'inspector' Michael Alvear, they've talked through their issues with various researchers and psychologists working on the series. But they are still very nervous, because they're not sure what to expect from us.

'So we do at least a few hours talking to them away from the film crew. And I always say 'If there's anything you want to talk about off-camera, you can.

There's two processes here. There's a TV show being made, but we're also helping you'.'

Nevertheless, she admits: ' There are certain people who you can't figure out why they're doing the show, and if they're doing it for the right reason - which is to get assistance with their sex life

Sex Inspectors Channel 4, 10.55pm, Monday

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Date:Jul 23, 2005
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