06 October 2020 06:40
Channel 4 viewers have branded new drama Adult Material 'dark and disturbing' (Picture: Channel 4) *This article contains spoilers for episode one and themes which readers may find distressing* Channel 4 viewers have branded new drama Adult Material 'dark and disturbing' after it exposed the brutal reality of the porn industry. Set in modern Britain, Adult Material explores the world of fictional character Jolene Dollar, who is played by Hayley Squires. The storyline of the four-part series picks up with Jolene being introduced to a new girl called Amy (Siena Kelly) one day while on set. Amy is 19 and not much older than Jolene's oldest daughter, Phoebe (Alex Jarrett). Jolene looks after Amy the way that she looks after every new girl on set, but she can't protect Amy from her own choices.
Jolene tries to help Amy (Picture: Channel 4) The storyline of the first episode definitely saw some dark themes, and while many viewers praised Hayley for her incredible acting skills, some felt the scenes in the drama went a bit too far. Advertisement One scene in particular was when Jolene's daughter, who is just a teenager got sexually assaulted while she was asleep. Another was when Amy was forced to perform a sexual act she didn't feel comfortable with. Taking to Twitter one viewer said: 'It's a dark and disturbing drama, not just an adult drama. I'm not sure I can see this through tbh.' Another commented: 'It's gone from being funny to seriously disturbing.' While one added: 'This is very disturbing!' #AdultMaterial Was billed as a bleak comedy!!!!
I am bloody traumatised, nothing remotely comedic in that!!! — Martin O'Neill (@DrNostromo) October 5, 2020 It looked funny via the trailer. Now I'm not too sure; it soon turned dark pretty quickly. #AdultMaterial — Mariaâððð (@MariaElenaGaudi) October 5, 2020 itâs disturbing to think that even people in the adult Industry donât know what classifies as RAPE and statutory RAPE #adultmaterial — Phebe Bennett (@Phebexxxx) October 5, 2020 Ok this got dark very quickly #AdultMaterial — Simmy ð¬ðð²ð¸ (@Sims_Simmma) October 5, 2020 Totally shocked by that ending!! #AdultMaterial raising a very important issue around consent — Becca Staines (@becca_staines) October 5, 2020 Things took a real turn when the first episode came to a close, with Amy stabbing a man in the chest. The synopsis for episode two reads: 'Jolene and Carroll (Rupert Everett) try to control the fallout from the party, as Tom (Julian Ovenden) is taken to hospital and Amy to the police station. 'Meanwhile, Phoebe is forced to face the music when school discovers what she has done to Paulie, and Gabriel is given some information that destroys his world.' Adult Material returns on Monday, at 10pm on Channel 4. Got a story? If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you. MORE: Piers Morgan apologises to GMB viewers for MPs 'not giving a f*** about them' MORE: Ulrika Jonsson 'signs up for Celebrity SAS: Who Dares wins 2021' Adult Material cast: Who stars with Hayley Squires in the Channel 4 series, what time it's on tonight and if it's a true story The show takes a look at the porn industry and how it has changed New Channel 4 drama Adult Material delves into the porn industry through the eyes of a woman who has worked in it for many years. The show will explore how the business of porn has progressed over time, becoming more mainstream and more profitable. Here's everything you need to know about when it's on, what it's all about and who's in it. i's TV newsletter: what you should watch next Email address is invalid Email address is invalid Thank you for subscribing! Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. Adult Material starts at 10pm tonight on Channel 4. There will be four episodes, which run for 60 minutes each. What is it about and is it a true story? The provocative new drama follows the lead character, a leading UK pornstar and working mother named Jolene Dollar, played by Hayley Squires. It's a job she has held throughout her adult life, and she prides herself on her ability to earn good money. Being a mum can be hardcore…catch new drama Adult Material tomorrow night at 10pm #AdultMaterial pic.twitter.com/GrgO5yfwpY — Channel 4 (@Channel4) October 4, 2020 In the trailer, Jolene is sat in a meeting with a teacher. She tells her: "I work in the only industry in the world where women get paid more than men. "That's what you can't tolerate, that a working-class woman who left school with two GCSEs gets paid three times your wages doing something she's really good at." Her relationship with her daughter, her complicated working life, and what she has to deal with on set all feature in the show. The drama also explores how the porn industry has developed over the years, going from a backroom business to something far more mainstream with a lot of money involved. Channel Four told Bustle that the show is in fact "entirely fictional" but what was based on interviews that its writer Lucy Kirkwood carried out with people who work in the porn business. Who is in the cast? Hayley Squires Squires plays the lead role of Jolene Dollar, also known as Hayley Burrows when she's not on stage. Squires said of her character in the production notes: "Jolene Dollar is Hayley's industry persona, the UK's top porn star and one of the top MILFs in the world. "Hayley Burrows is the woman behind Jolene, the mum at home, running a business with all these plates spinning. She's the lone breadwinner, taking care of her three children and trying to raise them right." Squires has also appeared in Call the Midwife, Southcliffe, Complicit and Blood Cells. Alex Jarrett Jarrett is cast as Jolene's oldest daughter Phoebe. The young actress previously played Azelma in Les Miserables and has had roles in The Rebel and Doctors. Siena Kelly Kelly plays Amy, a 19-year-old not much older than Jolene's daughter, who she meets on set at a shoot and takes under her wing. The actress is known for Vanity Fair and Temple. Rupert Everett Everett takes on the role of Carroll Quinn, a friend of Jolene's and a businessman, who is trying to keep up with the ever-changing porn industry. He is known for My Best Friend's Wedding, The Happy Prince, An Ideal Husband and many more acting credits. Joe Dempsie Dempsie who is perhaps best known for his roles as Gendry Baratheon in Game of Thrones and as Chris in Skins, plays Jolene's dedicated partner Rich. Julian Ovenden Ovenden, whose past roles include Charles Blake in Downton Abbey, plays the demanding US porn boss Tom Pain. Kerry Godliman Godliman's character is MP Stella Maitland who becomes friends with Jolene and sticks up for her during difficult times in her life. The actress has previously appeared in Ricky Gervais shows After Life and Derek.