The Year of the Sex Olympics is a TV movie that first aired on BBC2 in 1968. It was written by Nigel Kneale, and stars Leonard Rossiter, Tony Vogel, Suzanne Neve and Brian Cox. Although shot in colour, only a black and white version survives.
It is set in a future where the majority of the population is kept passive with a diet of low-brow television programming, such as the Sex Olympics of the title. The main focus of the story, however, is The Live Life Show, a new reality program about a family sent to live on a remote island, and the consequences when one of the program executives decides to manufacture some extra drama.
The Year of the Sex Olymics provides examples of:
- Bread and Circuses: With television in place of the circuses.
- Deadly Game: What The Live Life Show becomes in order to boost audience interest.
- Immoral Reality Show: The Live Life Show becomes one once the producers start putting the participants' lives at risk to make things more interesting.
- Non-Indicative Name: The Year of the Sex Olympics is not really about the Sex Olympics.
- Reality TV: The Live Life Show, prefiguring Big Brother by thirty years.
- "Truman Show" Plot: The protagonist does know that he's on a reality show, but he's not aware that the situation is being manipulated, to his cost.
- Zeerust: The costume and set designs make this very much a 1960s vision of the future.