Channel 4 acquires US drama ‘Masters of Sex’

Michael Sheen stars as sex expert Dr William Masters

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Channel 4 has acquired the UK premiere broadcast rights to ‘Masters of Sex‘ – a bold new 12-episode drama starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, and based on the lives of pioneering sex experts Dr William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

Set on the eve of the sexual revolution, Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) and Lizzy Caplan (True Blood, Mean Girls) star as Masters and Johnson, the risk-taking couple who revolutionised the way we think about sex. In the face of disapproval at their unconventional methods, the two embark upon a study to unlock the mysteries of desire and intimacy – whilst behind closed doors they struggle with their own clash of success, betrayal and jealousy.

Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer, Jay Hunt says; “Masters of Sex is an incredibly classy period drama which provides a fascinating insight into scientific study of human sexuality. With compelling performances from Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as Masters and Johnson, it’s an unmissable treat.”

The series is Sony Pictures Television Production for Showtime in the US. Executive Producers are Sarah Timberman (Justified), Carl Beverly (Justified), Michelle Ashford (The Pacific), John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) and Judith Verno (Justice for Natalee Holloway).

Masters Of Sex will premiere on Channel 4 in autumn soon after its launch on Showtime in the US.