Ashley Hames (3 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Ashley Hames

The queasy confessions of a sex reporter

At the top of the show, journalist and TV presenter Ashley Hames (possibly best known as the News Bunny on Live TV!) warns that he’s not a stand-up comedian; certainly his command of the script and PowerPoint presentation is endearingly shambling in parts. But not to worry, as his is an amiable persona that easily carries his tale about how he fell foul of Ofcom after making the documentary series Sin Cities which featured all manner of sadomasochistic practices.

Those of a queasy stomach may want to stay away, or at least take a cushion, as the resulting show has many graphic clips of nails in scrotum and red wine enemas (both undergone by Hames himself in the name of journalism) and descriptions of a madam who specialises in scatological concerns. But what is ultimately fascinating about this project is the small insight it gives into what makes some people tick and the wide ranging and apparently extreme sexual quirks that we have as human beings. All good, semi-clean fun.

Ashley Hames: Confessions of a Sex Reporter

  • 3 stars

A weakness for women and good times never did Ashley any harm. Apart from maybe the scrotum-nailing incident. Bravo's 'Sin Cities' star blazes a toxic trail through a minefield of debauchery.

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