06 October 2020 02:39
4.0 out of 5 star rating *Warning: contains adult themes and language* Adult Material starts with the unmistakeable sounds of an orgasm. British porn performer Jolene Dollar (Hayley Squires) is sat alone in her bright pink convertible during a drive-in car wash, but, as we quickly realise, the noisy scene is entirely simulated as she's filming a quick video of herself for her legions of social media followers. It's a comic moment – more When Harry Met Sally than sexy – but it also sets out some of the show's key themes: voyeurism, fantasy, and the unglamorous, even mundane behind-the-scenes of Jolene's industry. Whatever your thoughts on porn, leave them at the door – and while you're at it, leave behind any assumptions you might have about this show, too. Lucy Kirkwood's funny and dark script has plenty of shocks in store for viewers during the first episode alone – including one that will leave you reeling.
The opening car-wash scene sets the tone for the first half of episode one ('Rosebud'), which follows Jolene as she arrives at a porn shoot, joking and bantering with the director, Dave (Phil Daniels), and with fellow actor Sabelle (Timmika Ramsay). Her on-camera sex scene is punctuated with both polite chit-chat about her male co-star's home renovation and her brisk questions to the crew about where the camera will be pointing during her scene. (When it comes to Adult Material's own camera angles, we have the female gaze of director Dawn Shadforth.) Get the latest TV and entertainment news direct to your inbox Thanks! Sign in Register Sign me up! Sign up to receive television and entertainment email newsletters from our award-winning editorial team.