Louis XIV and his loves (l-r wife Marie- Thérèse and two of his mistresses, Madame de Montespan and Henriette
Racy drama Versailles is set to get EVEN raunchier as pregnant Madame de Montespan strips off for explicit sex scene with King Louis XIV
The first series of Versailles caused controversy with its racy sex scenes.
Louis has a liaison with his brother’s wife Henriette.
And season two of the raunchy BBC series looks set to be even more explicit as graphic pictures from the upcoming episodes have been released.
In the shots, King Louis XIV (George Blagden) is seen indulging in a dalliance with pregnant Madame de Montespan (Anna Brewster) with both actors baring all for the clips.
Louis frolics in a dream sequence. While some external shots were filmed at Versailles on Mondays, when it’s closed to the public, other scenes were filmed elsewhere in France
Louis XIV is first seen watching his mistress as she bathes before taking her to the bedroom for explicit scenes.
Not content with just one dalliance, he is also seen indulging in a three-way kiss with more mistresses before his brother hops into bed with a male suitor.
The French-Canadian production has a £21 million budget and will be shown on BBC2 in coming weeks.
Baring all: The first series of Versailles caused controversy with its racy sex scenes and it appears viewers can prepare to see more of the same
Set in 1667 France’s King Louis XIV is 28 years old with a voracious sexual appetite and a string of young mistresses.
In order to bring his plotting courtiers to heel – and provide a lavish setting for his romantic liaisons – Louis transforms his father’s hunting lodge in Versailles on the outskirts of Paris into the most magnificent chateau in Europe, a place where he’ll feel protected and can indulge his prodigious urge for sex.
But now, as the show returns, it’s being slammed as ‘pornography’ for scenes more explicit than ever before – including a five-in- a-bed sex scene.
Things that go bump in the night! Louis XIV is first seen watching his mistress as she bathes before taking her to the bedroom for explicit scenes
Even the trailer for the show doesn’t pull any punches, featuring male and female nudity, and the Sun King inviting viewers to a court dominated by ‘corruption’, ‘darkness’, ‘temptation’ and ‘murder’.
Raunchy scenes from the first two episodes of the second series of the BBC’s explict French drama ‘Versailles.’
Admiring the view: The King could be seen glancing over at his mistress as she stripped off
Explicit: The X-rated scenes will no doubt cause a stir among viewers on the night
Chris McGovern, of the Campaign for Real Education, said: ‘It’s TV junk food that is playing to the lowest common denominator and it has little to say in terms of history.’
But historian Lucy Worsley approved of the show – which is made in English.
She said: ‘They can take their clothes off and swing from the lampshades if it will get viewers interested in the baroque era, which is quite a hard sell.’
The BBC’s decision to screen a second series, from French broadcaster Canal Plus, will raise eyebrows given that series one was so controversial.
Cosy: The explicit scenes will air when the series returns to BBC2 in coming weeks
The show’s historical adviser, Mathieu Da Vinha, said: ‘A producer told me nowadays a TV series has to have a sex scene or violence every 15 minutes, although this was not a specific rule.’
The BBC said: ‘Versailles is an established series shown after 9pm on BBC2 and its content is nothing beyond the expectations of a post-watershed UK television audience.’
New record? The first series of Versailles reportedly contained 36 X-rated scenes