A Very British Brothel

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A Very British Brothel

Series 1 - Episode 1



City Sauna on Sheffield’s “Golden Mile of Sex” is probably not how you imagine a brothel. Run by mumsy Kath and her daughter Jenni, it’s friendly, scruffy and the regulars often pop in for a cuppa rather than a bit of the other.

It’s illegal to profit from sexual activity on the premises, so Kath charges a door fee and says what goes on upstairs is up to the ladies. The girls are often single mums just trying to make a living safely – a far cry from the drug-addicted streetwalkers. The punters aren’t all stereotypical “perverts in a dirty mac”, either – just ordinary blokes, often in flat caps and cardies. Eye-opening.


Documentary charting the day-to-day workings of a Sheffield massage parlour run by a mother and daughter, revealing the struggle to fill the daily rota and how management deal with problem clients. The programme also explores the lives of the women who advertise their services and for whom sex is just a job.

Cast & Crew

Director Michael Beilinson
Executive Producer Jazz Gowans
Executive Producer Nina Davies
Executive Producer Mark Powell