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A shocking new Sky Atlantic drama sees gay aristocrats romping on beaches and  a dominatrix urinating on a client in graphic sex scenes.

Six-part series Little Birds is loosely based on a collection of short stories by Anaïs Nin follows troubled American heiress Lucy Savage, played by Juno Temple, who arrives in the febrile, bohemian Moroccan port of Tangier in 1955. 

In one shocking scene of the period drama, a kinky dominatrix called Cherifa Lamour, played by Yumna Marwan, can be seen strangling and urinating on a client in a gas mask. 

But the realities of controversial author Anaïs’ life are almost as extraordinary, with the author marrying two men and living a double life which was only exposed after her death.

Her biographer Deidre Blair told The Telegraph: ‘[Anaïs] would set up these elaborate façades in Los Angeles and in New York, but it became so complicated that she had to create something she called the lie box.’

New Sky series Little Birds has been adapted from Anaïs Nin's collection of erotic short stories of the same name

New Sky series Little Birds has been adapted from Anaïs Nin's collection of erotic short stories of the same name

New Sky series Little Birds has been adapted from Anaïs Nin’s collection of erotic short stories of the same name 

Anaïs was a French-Cuban writer, who claimed to have been sexually abused by her father from the age of nine.

She began writing graphic letters to her estranged father from the age of 11, with topics including abortions, incest and affairs, and continued to do so throughout her adult life.

She went on to write erotic literature as a joke as a teenager after quitting high school in New York and moving to Paris.

But the author lived a wild and sensational life herself, with Anaïs having multiple affairs and romping with John Steinbeck and Lawrence Durrell despite marrying banker and artist Hugh Parker Guiler. 

She became a bigamist at the age of 44 when marrying her second husband, actor Rupert Pole – 16 years her junior – without divorcing her first husband, banker Hugh Guiler.         

They settled in Los Angeles, where she wrote and played housewife while her first husband thought she was at a ‘rest ranch’. 

She went on to tell complex lies about her life, with Blair writing: ‘She had this absolutely enormous purse and in the purse she had two sets of checkbooks. 

‘One said Anaïs Guiler for New York and another said Anaïs Pole for Los Angeles. 

The new series, which was released on Sky this week, stars Juno Temple, who plays Lucy Savage as she navigates the world of Tangier in 1955

The new series, which was released on Sky this week, stars Juno Temple, who plays Lucy Savage as she navigates the world of Tangier in 1955

The new series, which was released on Sky this week, stars Juno Temple, who plays Lucy Savage as she navigates the world of Tangier in 1955 

‘She had prescription bottles from California doctors and New York doctors with the two different names. And she had a collection of file cards.’

Eventually, she became bored with her double life and in 1966, annulled her marriage to Rupert, spurred on by the fact both of her husbands tried to claim her as a dependent on their federal tax returns. 

She continued to live with Rupert until she died of cervical cancer in 1977, before which she was granted forgiveness by her first husband. 

It was only after she died that her bigamy came to light with two obituaries listing different husbands.  

Little Birds was written in the 1940s but was only published in 1979, two years after the author's death (pictured, Juno Temple in the new series)

Little Birds was written in the 1940s but was only published in 1979, two years after the author's death (pictured, Juno Temple in the new series)

Little Birds was written in the 1940s but was only published in 1979, two years after the author’s death (pictured, Juno Temple in the new series) 

She has been hailed as one of the first feminists and backed by the literary avant-garde, she wrote several novels, short stories and journals. 

Little Birds was written in the 1940s but only published in 1979, two years after her death, with 13 stories in it written as a commission for an unnamed male client.

The new Sky series, which debuted earlier this week, sees Juno playing Lucy, who is put on tranquilisers to prevent her from rebelling against her strict arms manufacturer father. 

When it’s suggested she marries Lord Hugo, who lives in Tangier and who Lucy once met at a ball, she quickly accepts to escape both her father and her alcoholic mother. 

Hugh Parker Guiler, known as Ian Hugo, was the first husband of Cuban-Spanish-French author Anais, and forgave the writer for her bigamy before her death

Hugh Parker Guiler, known as Ian Hugo, was the first husband of Cuban-Spanish-French author Anais, and forgave the writer for her bigamy before her death

Hugh Parker Guiler, known as Ian Hugo, was the first husband of Cuban-Spanish-French author Anais, and forgave the writer for her bigamy before her death 

But marriage to Hugo quickly turns out to be not as it seems. He’s a gay man in love with another. All Lucy knows is he’s not interested in her sexually. 

Confused and upset, she throws herself into life in Tangier, then an International Zone – an area administered by several foreign powers, including in this case France, Spain and the UK – and a melting pot of spies and criminals. 

It’s some time after Hugh marries Lucy that he realises how hurt she is at having a husband who’ll never love her in the way she wants to be loved, and who only married her for her father’s money.

It’s at a nightclub that Lucy meets the third main character in the drama, Cherifa, played by Lebanese-American actress Yumna in her first English-speaking role. 

The author's biographer said Anaïs' lies were so complex that she had to create a 'lie box' to help her keep track of her tales

The author's biographer said Anaïs' lies were so complex that she had to create a 'lie box' to help her keep track of her tales

The author’s biographer said Anaïs’ lies were so complex that she had to create a ‘lie box’ to help her keep track of her tales 

Initially Cherifa, who is even desired by the French governor of Morocco, is deliberately not political. 

But when she sees a young nationalist Moroccan being whipped to death by a French soldier it changes her. 

During the episode, viewers watch her having sex with a client before urinating on him as part of their game.

And in another shocking moment, Lucy is shocked upon hearing a woman discussing achieving the perfect orgasm and feeling sexually aroused by watching a man being hanged.

In the series, Lucy Savage, who is played by Juno, throws herself into life in Tangier, which is a melting pot of spies and criminals

In the series, Lucy Savage, who is played by Juno, throws herself into life in Tangier, which is a melting pot of spies and criminals

In the series, Lucy Savage, who is played by Juno, throws herself into life in Tangier, which is a melting pot of spies and criminals 

Actress Nina Sosanya, who plays singer Marcella in the drama, tells Lucy it was ‘holding onto life while death was passing’ and her ‘fear turned to pleasure’ in the moment.

The character of Lucy is an amalgamation of several characters in Nin’s Little Birds collection, while Cherifa was just a tiny part in a story called The Queen. 

Speaking about her role in the drama, Juno revealed: ‘I first read Little Birds when I was 17 on a plane journey.

‘It was my introduction to this world. It really opened my eyes to a new way of writing and what real eroticism is. 

Juno has said the show is about people getting to know themselves and being OK, even if they're not who they wanted to be. Pictured: A scene in the series

Juno has said the show is about people getting to know themselves and being OK, even if they're not who they wanted to be. Pictured: A scene in the series

Juno has said the show is about people getting to know themselves and being OK, even if they’re not who they wanted to be. Pictured: A scene in the series 

Hugh Skinner who plays Hugo, revealed the character shuts down emotionally because he's in deep denial. Pictured: Lucy and Hugo’s marriage is not all it seems

Hugh Skinner who plays Hugo, revealed the character shuts down emotionally because he's in deep denial. Pictured: Lucy and Hugo’s marriage is not all it seems

Hugh Skinner who plays Hugo, revealed the character shuts down emotionally because he’s in deep denial. Pictured: Lucy and Hugo’s marriage is not all it seems

‘In a funny way, I think Lucy is on that same journey of discovery in this show. She has so many things going on inside her. It’s like a bubble bath where the bubbles keep coming up but she can’t let any of them out.

‘She falls head first into this wondrous universe when she sees Cherifa get up on a stage in a nightclub and act like she’s stronger than all the men in the room. It’s something Lucy learns from her.

‘Lucy starts off as this little bird of paradise who’s there to be looked at. By the end she has escaped her cage. 

‘The show is really about people getting to know themselves and be OK with it, even if they’re not who they necessarily thought they were or who they wanted to be.’ 

Star of the series Juno has revealed she initially read the collection of erotic short series as a teenager and said it 'opened her eyes to a new way of writing'

Star of the series Juno has revealed she initially read the collection of erotic short series as a teenager and said it 'opened her eyes to a new way of writing'

Star of the series Juno has revealed she initially read the collection of erotic short series as a teenager and said it ‘opened her eyes to a new way of writing’ 

She explained: ‘There’s an Anaïs Nin quote we kept going back to – it was on the opening page of our scripts and it works for each character: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”’

‘Everyone does blossom but their journeys are not always easy, and none of the characters blossom as you think they might. 

Meanwhile Yumna explained that she met with a dominatrix to prepare for her role, saying: ‘To prepare for the role I met a dominatrix in London to look at the instruments she used, and understand her relationship with her clients.’ 

‘I was lucky enough to have one of her clients volunteer for me to flog his behind. He came into the room and I did it!’  

Hugh said Tangier was an incredibly bohemian place in the 50s. Pictured: Lucy with husband Hugo and his love interest Adham

Hugh said Tangier was an incredibly bohemian place in the 50s. Pictured: Lucy with husband Hugo and his love interest Adham

Hugh said Tangier was an incredibly bohemian place in the 50s. Pictured: Lucy with husband Hugo and his love interest Adham

Little Birds started on 4 August on Sky Atlantic and Now TV, and 5 August on Stan in Australia. All six episodes are available on the same day.

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Video of woman washing her boyfriend’s pillows for the first time in 10 YEARS horrifies social media

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A woman has filmed herself washing her boyfriend’s stained pillows for the first time in 10 years — and social media users are horrified by the state of them. 

In the viral video, the TikToker claimed her boyfriend refuses to replace his decade-old pillows, noting that he never washed them once in all of the time he has had them.

She documented the entire cleaning process, washing three of the dingy pillows — which were yellowed and filthy — and the result is astounding.

Filthy: A TikTok user filmed a video of herself cleaning her boyfriend's pillows for the first time in 10 years, explaining that he refuses to replace them

Filthy: A TikTok user filmed a video of herself cleaning her boyfriend's pillows for the first time in 10 years, explaining that he refuses to replace them

Filthy: A TikTok user filmed a video of herself cleaning her boyfriend's pillows for the first time in 10 years, explaining that he refuses to replace them

Filthy: A TikTok user filmed a video of herself cleaning her boyfriend's pillows for the first time in 10 years, explaining that he refuses to replace them

Filthy: A TikTok user filmed a video of herself cleaning her boyfriend’s pillows for the first time in 10 years, explaining that he refuses to replace them 

While her boyfriend was at work, she placed them in the bathtub and threw in a couple of dishwasher tablets.

She then poured some Borax powder into the tub before adding bleach into the mixture.

The TikToker proceeded to use a mop to wring out the dirt from the pillows, and then tossed them into the washing machine.

Surprisingly, the pillows came out completely white — a stark contrast to their dark yellow and brown shade before the wash. 

Getting started: She placed them in the bathtub and threw in a couple of dishwasher tablets

Getting started: She placed them in the bathtub and threw in a couple of dishwasher tablets

Getting started: She placed them in the bathtub and threw in a couple of dishwasher tablets

Getting started: She placed them in the bathtub and threw in a couple of dishwasher tablets

Getting started: She placed them in the bathtub and threw in a couple of dishwasher tablets

Next up: The TikToker also added Borax power and bleach to the water

Next up: The TikToker also added Borax power and bleach to the water

Next up: The TikToker also added Borax power and bleach to the water

Next up: The TikToker also added Borax power and bleach to the water

Next up: The TikToker also added Borax power and bleach to the water 

The video has since gone viral on TikTok, gaining over 1.7 million views and leaving users in shock at the state of the pillows before they were washed. 

‘With that alone, I would replace the boyfriend. Hygiene is everything,’ one person wrote, while another added: ’10 years of sweat, dead skin, dirt, oil and bacteria’ 

Someone else commented: ‘They are meant to be replaced every two years… they come with expiry dates on them…’

Social media users certainly had reason to be appalled, considering pillows are supposed to be replaced every one or two years and washed at least four times a year.   

Getting them clean: She proceeded to use a mop to wring out the dirt from the pillows

Getting them clean: She proceeded to use a mop to wring out the dirt from the pillows

Getting them clean: She proceeded to use a mop to wring out the dirt from the pillows

Getting them clean: She proceeded to use a mop to wring out the dirt from the pillows

Getting them clean: She proceeded to use a mop to wring out the dirt from the pillows

Amazing: After throwing the soaked pillows in the wash, they came out perfectly white

Amazing: After throwing the soaked pillows in the wash, they came out perfectly white

Amazing: After throwing the soaked pillows in the wash, they came out perfectly white

Amazing: After throwing the soaked pillows in the wash, they came out perfectly white

Amazing: After throwing the soaked pillows in the wash, they came out perfectly white

An expert from Christy England, which supplies to Wimbledon and the royal family, told FEMAIL in April that ‘pillows should be washed every three months because, similar to bedding, they contain a build-up of sweat and dead skin.’ 

And while most people think that a whirl in the washing machine will thoroughly clean their clothes and linens — but it turns out that some fabrics may be retaining a horrifying buildup of dirt.

‘Stripping’ laundry is the special trick that gets everything super clean, removing the grime that washing machines won’t.

The technique involves soaking laundry in a tub of hot water, baking soda, Borax, and detergent, similar to what the TikToker did to her boyfriend’s pillows. 

Like new: The Tiktoker joked that she 'can sleep better knowing those nasty pillows are clean'

Like new: The Tiktoker joked that she 'can sleep better knowing those nasty pillows are clean'

Like new: The Tiktoker joked that she 'can sleep better knowing those nasty pillows are clean'

Like new: The Tiktoker joked that she 'can sleep better knowing those nasty pillows are clean'

Like new: The Tiktoker joked that she ‘can sleep better knowing those nasty pillows are clean’

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Say what? Social media users were horrified by the filthy brown pillows

Say what? Social media users were horrified by the filthy brown pillows

Say what? Social media users were horrified by the filthy brown pillows 

People have been stripping their laundry for ages, but the process is reaching a new generation after going viral on TikTok in recent months. 

Nurse Lauren Elms shared several walk-throughs on the app, first stripping her workout clothes on April 22 and then doing her towels on April 24.

The video of her stripping her towels was viewed more than six million times.

In the clip, she filled a tub with hot water and added a quarter cup of baking soda, a quarter cup of Borax, and a generous scoop of powder detergent and places her laundry in the tub.  

Lauren advised stirring the clothes every couple of hours, but she showed that just ten minutes in, the water was already dirty. After seven hours, the water was a filthy, dark brown color.

She pointed out that her clothes and towels were actually ‘clean’ when they went in the tub, so this was all buildup. She told viewers to finish up by re-washing their laundry as they normally would in a machine. 

Get stripping! Most people think that the washing machine will thoroughly clean their clothes and linens — but it turns out that some fabrics may be retaining a horrifying buildup of dirt

Get stripping! Most people think that the washing machine will thoroughly clean their clothes and linens — but it turns out that some fabrics may be retaining a horrifying buildup of dirt

Get stripping! Most people think that the washing machine will thoroughly clean their clothes and linens — but it turns out that some fabrics may be retaining a horrifying buildup of dirt

Mix it up: 'Stripping' laundry involves soaking laundry in a tub of hot water, baking soda, Borax, and detergent

Mix it up: 'Stripping' laundry involves soaking laundry in a tub of hot water, baking soda, Borax, and detergent

Mix it up: 'Stripping' laundry involves soaking laundry in a tub of hot water, baking soda, Borax, and detergent

Mix it up: 'Stripping' laundry involves soaking laundry in a tub of hot water, baking soda, Borax, and detergent

Mix it up: ‘Stripping’ laundry involves soaking laundry in a tub of hot water, baking soda, Borax, and detergent

Yuck! After soaking the laundry in the solution, it may leave behind water that looks like this

Yuck! After soaking the laundry in the solution, it may leave behind water that looks like this

Yuck! After soaking the laundry in the solution, it may leave behind water that looks like this

She also showed that the bottom of her drained tub was dirtied with a surprising residue from the soak.

Lauren’s video set off a trend, and several others have mimicked her with their own clips. Some just shared shocked and horrified reactions, while others replicated the experiment with their own clothes.

According to The Spruce, ‘body soil and bacteria’ can get stuck in fabrics, especially terry cloth towels.

That’s why some older towels and gym clothes may smell clean immediately after coming out of the wash, but will start to smell as soon as they get damp.

When laundry is thrown in the wash, the soap is doing a lot of the work to clean it — but it’s still circulating in dirty water, which gets reabsorbed into the fabric.

Stripping can get rid of some of the dirt and bacteria, while smells can be killed by adding vinegar to a wash.

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Sir Patrick Vallance has a £600,000 shareholding in a pharmaceuticals giant which is racing to develop a Covid vaccine for the Government, a report has revealed.

The Chief Scientific Adviser holds the deferred bonus of 43,111 shares in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) from his time as president of the multinational company.

Sir Patrick has already sold more than £5 million in shares he received during his tenure from 2012 to 2018, when he was appointed by the Government.

Accounts seen by the Telegraph show that Sir Patrick held 404,201 GSK shares when he resigned, worth £6.1 million at today’s price.

Sir Patrick Vallance speaking to the nation on Monday night. He and Chris Whitty outlined why the Government was announcing a raft of new lockdown measures

Sir Patrick Vallance speaking to the nation on Monday night. He and Chris Whitty outlined why the Government was announcing a raft of new lockdown measures

Sir Patrick Vallance speaking to the nation on Monday night. He and Chris Whitty outlined why the Government was announcing a raft of new lockdown measures

Sir Patrick, who also chairs the Government’s expert panel on vaccines, predicted at a news conference this week that the first effective doses of a jab might become available on a limited basis by the end of this year.

GSK is one of more than 20 drugs companies around the world in the race to provide the cure for coronavirus – an achievement which would be colossally lucrative.

Sir Patrick’s former employer has deals with the British and US governments to supply them with Covid-19 vaccines, subject to terms in a final contract.

A senior Conservative MP and ex-Cabinet minister told The Telegraph that Sir Patrick should have declared his stake in GSK.

‘The policy of this Government is to try to suppress Covid at every opportunity until we get a vaccine,’ the MP said. ‘That makes it more likely that a vaccine will be prioritised by the Government and he happens to be holding shares in one of the leading companies that are developing it. It is a potential conflict of interest.

‘If he is making decisions on vaccines and advising the Government on them, then he either needs to divest himself of the shares or make a declaration every time he touches on the subject. In the Commons, every time MPs raise an issue in which there is a registered interest, they have to declare it. Every time he is talking about vaccines or on TV, he should put it on the table.’

The GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals headquarters in Brentford, west London

The GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals headquarters in Brentford, west London

The GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals headquarters in Brentford, west London

A government spokesman said that Sir Patrick holds a deferred share bonus which will mature in April but declined to comment on the size of the holding or its value.

‘Upon his appointment, appropriate steps were taken to manage the Government Chief Scientific Adviser’s (GCSA) interests in line with advice provided at the time,’ the spokesman said.

The Government’s spokesman added that while Sir Patrick chairs the Government’s expert panel on vaccines, he ‘has no input into contractual and commercial decisions on vaccine procurement,’ which are the province of ministers.

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