Tuesday, 1 September 2009


Channel 4 Television, 4 x 3 minutes

Tuesday 1 September to Friday 4 September 2009, 7.55pm

Filmmakers ASHLEY JONES and MELINDA McDOUGALL collaborate with photographer JACK BARNES to make this series of beautifully shot, revealing interviews with people working in or affected by the UK strip industry.
Relaxed legislation and increased commercialisation has fuelled the rise in popularity of lap dancing and strip clubs. Since licensing laws changed in 2003, the number of these venues has doubled in the UK. Once confined to the sleazy districts of big cities, there are now over 300 clubs dotted throughout the UK's town centres and high streets. Strip clubs have gone mainstream and are now an essential part of stag parties, nights out with the boys and even corporate hospitality. At a time when campaign groups are lobbying for tighter controls, these films explore the secret worlds of a club owner, a regular punter, a protestor and a dancer.

Episode 1 - THE CLUB OWNER (Tuesday 1st September 2009, 7.55pm)

“I don’t think any mother would want their daughter to be a stripper. I’m sure my mum didn’t want me to be a stripper. Lucky for her, I didn’t have the figure…”
A club owner talks about running a successful strip pub with her mum.

Episode 2 - THE PUNTER (Wednesday 2nd September 2009, 7.55pm)

“Purely because you know you aren’t going to sleep with the girls, it makes it much easier for chaps to talk to them. They’re real people. They happen to perform naked.”
A regular punter explains why he loves the welcoming atmosphere of a strip pub.

Episode 3 - THE PROTESTOR (Thursday 3rd September 2009, 7.55pm)

My daughter will be able to see this club from her bedroom window. I can’t imagine any father would be happy about that. I don’t want my daughter to think that’s normal behaviour.
A protestor explains why he believes the lap dancing club opening at the end of his street is a bad idea.

Episode 4 - THE DANCER (Friday 4th September 2009, 7.55pm)

“Narrow-minded people do link strippers to prostitution... but I would always say that I’m not actually selling my body, I’m selling the idea of my body.”
A dancer reveals why she enjoys taking her clothes off in front of hundreds of men every week.


Directed and produced by ASHLEY JONES & MELINDA McDOUGALL
Executive Producer: DAVID BOND
Camera: JACK BARNES / Editor: MARIA ZEB BENJAMIN / Original Music: DAVID EDWARDS / Sound Design: FINN CURRY / Post Production: ENVY POST