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Often nicknamed the Ur-Example of Awful British Sex Comedies, the Confessions of a... series were a 1970s quadrilliogy about the misadventures of Timothy Lea, which are based on the supposed novel accounts by the character himself (actually written by frequent sex comedy author Christopher Wood).

Lea (portrayed by Robin Askwith throughout the series) is a lovable loser that seems to be in the right place at the right time. He goes through several jobs throughout the series that are set up for him by his brother-in-law, Sid Noggett, and successfully has his way with several of his female clients. And that's all you need to know.

The series was really popular with British audiences, although very low-budgeted as a whole, and often beat out many blockbuster films that were released at the time — much to many critics' disgust. Confessions is perhaps the most successful British sex film series of all time, and spawned several movie expies, such as the very popular Adventures of... series that was released a year after the first film.

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The movies series consists of:

  1. Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974) — Tim becomes a window cleaner, with the help of Sid, and is told to work until he fully "satisfies" all his customers. Somehow, this leads to Tim gaining an active sex life with many of the housewives he works for, including a lesbian, because they believe that that was what he was also visiting them for.
  2. Confessions of a Pop Performer (1975) — Sid decides to be the manager of a new rock band he overhears playing in a pub. Timmy eventually becomes a member and is the attraction of many fangirls, despite not having much talent other than window cleaning.
  3. Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976) — Sid and Tim have successfully set up a driving school, but a rival school nearby is having none of it. They decide on a rugby match between the employees.
  4. Confessions from a Holiday Camp (1977) — Sid and Tim work at a summer camp, that's home to lazy workers that sit around the pool a lot, until a new owner appears and terrorizes everyone, so Tim suggests that a beauty contest should take place to keep the summer camp civil.
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There wasn't going to be officially only four films in the franchise. After Holiday Camp, there were plans to make a fifth and sixth movie, but there were massive complications behind the scenes and even rumours of script plagiarism, so the distributing company dismissed the series a couple of months into the production of the fifth movies.

Today, the Confessions series has mixed reviews among the British public. Many have fond memories of the movies because they "summed up the decade" and its "innocence", whereas others (particularly many film critics) criticized its cheap-ness and lack of plot — often calling it the lowest point of British cinema.

Still, it's a guilty pleasure for many, regardless of what they think.


Tropes:

  • Accidental Pornomancer: Tim, for definite.
  • All Women Are Lustful: The women in Window Cleaner for definite, who probably hired Tim for sex after working in the first place.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Not necessarily. In Tim's case, he just ends up in sexual situations with many women that he meets, when he really just wants to do his job.
  • Based on a Great Big Lie: The films were based on a long series of True Confessions of Timothy Lea books available from cheap paperback racks, all supposedly written by Lea himself as true accounts of his adventures (actually by Christopher Wood, who also wrote the screenplays, and whose Wikipedia bibliography actually specifies "excluding pseudonymous humorous erotica"). Wood was also responsible for the equally fictional True Confessons of Rosie Dixon books, the first of which was adapted into the film Rosie Dixon — Night Nurse.
  • Censor Suds: In Window Cleaner, a housewife's room becomes covered in soap as she makes out with Tim on the floor. The suds don't do any censoring though.
  • Chase Scene: There's one with cars in Driving Instructor.
  • Coitus Ensues: Definitely. And openly on camera.
  • Continuity Nod: Sid and Tim working as window cleaners at the beginning of Pop Performer.
  • Cool Big Bro: Sid comes of as this, considering how he's always getting his brother-in-law a job, and is often working alongside him.
  • Double Entendre: Enough that's worthy of a Carry On film.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: In Holiday Camp, Mr Whitemonk takes over and bosses his staff about like he's still a prison officer.
  • Fanservice: Just expect it more from the women than the men.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar
  • Hilarity Ensues: You can guarantee that.
  • Last-Name Basis: Tim's parents are just known as Mr and Mrs Lea.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: The movies in a nutshell, mostly just cheap set-ups in order for the characters to get off with each other.
  • Porn with Plot
  • Right Through the Wall: Timmy has rather loud sex with a woman in Confessions from a Holiday Camp, though he tries to keep her silent because he knows his brother-in-law is right next door. He fails to keep her quiet of course, much to Sid's chagrin. Later on in the movie he has sex with the camp DJ while she has the mic on, broadcasting his sex all over the camp. He's actually met with applause when he's revealed.
  • The '70s: Especially around the time of the British media sexual revolution within the mid-1970s.
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Technically in Pop Performer, even though it's more sex than anything.
  • Sex for Services: What women think is Tim's case in Window Cleaner.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Tim spends Window Cleaner trying to get with no-nonsense policewoman Elizabeth Radlett.
  • Snobs Vs Slobs: Many believe that the characters of the series derived from this trope. The working class, in particular, are depicted as thieving and sex-hungry, whereas the middle class seem to be really nice people and very successful.
  • Summer Campy: Holiday Camp, for definite.
  • Those Two Guys: Tim and brother-in-law Sid, who usually work in the same jobs every movie.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction

Alternative Title(s): Confessions Of A Window Cleaner, Confessions Of A, Confessions From A Holiday Camp

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