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December 3, 2022
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The Darker Side of Romance
Produced by: Esther Armah
Having a boyfriend or a girlfriend is the dream of teenagers everywhere but, in Britain there’s a bleak side to the story. The UK has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in Western Europe, and there’s been a steady rise in Sexually Transmitted Infections amongst young people. Although having sex is illegal under the age of 16, increasing numbers of young people are sexually active. Producer Esther Armah of the BBC visits a unique drop-in centre, that offers young people the chance to discuss sex and emotional problems, and gives them the means to protect themselves. We hear from teenagers in Britain today about the mixed messages they are getting and their concern that they are not getting enough sex education in schools. This program airs as part of our special international collaboration, Global Perspectives: Romance Series.

Program Credits

The Darker Side of Romance was produced and presented by Ester Armah and Gillian Gray. It airs part of our Global Perspectives series on Romance.


Learn more about the C:Card featured in the program.

Britain: Sex Education Under Fire
This article documents the debate in Britain over how sex education should be taught.

Global Perspectives: Romance Series
From the do's and don'ts of dating to unprotected sex to a trilingual relationship. Join eight international broadcasters as they bring us stories of Romance from across the globe.

How to Talk to Your Child about Sex: It's Best to Start Early, but It's Never Too Late -- a Step-by-Step Guide for Parents
by: Linda Eyre, Richard Eyre 1999
This book offers strategies and tips on how to talk to your children about sex from age three and on.

The Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality
by: Michael J. Basso 2003
Don't live near a center like the one featured on the show? This book explores all issues of sexual health.

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