Guilty Pleasures

2010 | 60/86 minutes

Directed by Julie Moggan · Produced by Rachel Wexler


Every four seconds a Harlequin Mills & Boon romance novel is sold somewhere in the world. In India, the books give Shumita hope that her straying husband will return. In Japan, housewife Hiroko yearns to make fantasy reality with her handsome ballroom dancing teacher. And in Warrington, mum-of-three Shirley rifles through the books for ideas on how to keep her marriage spicy. But it’s not only the female readers who dream of a perfect romance. New York model Stephen has been on over 200 Mills & Boon covers, but can’t find his true love. While romance novelist Gill Sanderson is, in fact, a pensioner called Roger, writing from a caravan in the North of England. Guilty Pleasures explores our universal struggle to reconcile inner fantasy with the tragicomic truths of real-life relationships.Five heroes, four continents, one dream of true love. Because real life begins where Mills & Boon ends…Funded by: More 4/True Stories, YLE, CBC, NRK, DRTV, VPRO, SBS, EU Media TV Broadcasting Fund.

Sold in over a dozen territories worldwide.
Funded by Channel Four (UK), YLE (Finland) and NRK (Norway)
With the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the Britdoc Puma Catalyst fund.