My Dad Wrote a Porno
My Dad Wrote a Porno is a British podcast hosted by Jamie Morton, James Cooper, and Alice Levine. Each episode features Morton reading a new chapter of an amateur erotic novel, titled Belinda Blinked, written by his father under the pen name Rocky Flintstone. Morton, Cooper, and Levine react to the material and provide running commentary. Cooper and Levine are hearing the chapter for the first time, whereas Morton usually reads the chapter before recording the episode. As of 2019, the series has had over 180 million downloads. On May 11, 2019, HBO aired a comedy special of the show which features a "lost chapter" from one of the books. The special was filmed over two nights in front of a live audience at the Roundhouse theatre in London.
|Hosted by||Jamie Morton|
|Audio format||iTunes, SoundCloud, Acast, Spotify|
|Original release||4 October 2015 – present|
Origin and formatEdit
The podcast began in 2015 and is presented by television writer and director Jamie Morton, digital executive James Cooper, and BBC Radio 1 presenter Alice Levine. The three originally met at the University of Leeds, began working in broadcasting, and had worked together on projects before the My Dad Wrote a Porno podcasts. The podcast originated at a family gathering for Morton's sister's birthday, where Morton's father took him into his study and handed him some chapters of a novel he had been writing under the pen name Rocky Flintstone in his garden shed (Morton claims his mother won't let his father write it in the house). Morton realised with shock that he was reading the first chapter of his father's erotic novel, Belinda Blinked. He shared the chapter with friends at a Christmas lunch, where Levine suggested they should create a podcast.
Morton played the My Dad Wrote a Porno pilot to his family, who were encouraging; while his mother initially found it disgusting, she is now fully supportive. The podcast recording usually takes place informally in one of the hosts' houses and 90 minutes of recording is edited by Morton into one 40-minute episode. The podcast is hosted by Acast, which secures the advertising that funds the production. The advert is then scripted into the advertising section of the podcast and performed by the three presenters. The rest of the podcast is unscripted and spontaneous. Cooper and Levine have not heard the chapter before the recording, whereas Morton has read through it shortly before recording the episode to familiarise himself with the phrasing and prepare for any accents he may have to adopt.
Series 1 (2015) consisted of 13 episodes, with 4 "Footnotes" episodes and a "Best of" episode. Series 2 (2016) consisted of 17 episodes, with 16 "Footnotes" episodes and a "Best of" episode. Series 3 (2017) consisted of 15 episodes, with 14 "Footnotes" episodes and a "Best of" episode.
Belinda Blinked is a genuine series of at least six books, three of which are available as self-published e-books for sale and download. As of 2017, Flintstone was working on the sixth book and has said he intends to continue as he "needs the money". The first four books were written and completed before the podcast began airing in 2015. The first was released in March 2015 under its full title, Belinda Blinked; 1 A modern story of sex, erotica and passion. How the sexiest sales girl in business earns her huge bonus by being the best at removing her high heels. The second followed in July 2016, entitled Belinda Blinked; 2 The continuing story of, dripping sex, passion and big business deals.: Keep following the sexiest sales girl in business as she earns her huge bonus by removing her silk blouse. The third was released in May 2017, called Belinda Blinked; 3: The continuing erotic story of sexual activity, dripping action and even bigger business deals as Belinda relentlessly continues to earn her huge bonus. The fourth was released in November 2018, called Belinda Blinked 4;: An erotic story of sexual prowess, sexy characters and even bigger business deals whilst the darkness increases;.
The novels tell the story of the sexual exploits of Belinda Blumenthal and her work in the sales and marketing department of the fictional company Steeles Pots and Pans. Belinda's work takes her around the world, where she meets various sales reps, suppliers, and business associates. Many characters regularly appear throughout the series, although some are introduced only to never be heard from again, or even change name halfway through a chapter. The writing is erratic and Morton has said, "One moment Belinda is handcuffed to a trellis in a 'medium-sized maze', the next she's at a charity tombola raising funds for the Asses & Donkeys Trust."
"Rocky Flintstone" is the pen name of Morton's father, a retired Northern Irish builder. According to Flintstone, the name "Rocky" was inspired by The Rockford Files and a family friend's dog living in Brazil, also named Rocky. "Flintstone" is inspired by the author's degree in geology and his self-identification with Fred Flintstone as he batters on the door waiting to be allowed back indoors at the end of each Flintstones episode. Before retiring, Flintstone worked as a builder, teacher, and, like his protagonist, in sales. Flintstone prefers to remain out of the podcast spotlight.
Episodes and chaptersEdit
Full title: Belinda Blinked 1; 1 A modern story of sex, erotica and passion. How the sexiest sales girl in business earns her huge bonus by being the best at removing her high heels.
|Episode Title||Release Date||Plot Synopsis|
|S1E1||'The Job Interview'||October 4, 2015||Belinda interviews for the role of International Sales Director at Steele's Pots and Pans.|
|S1E2||'The Leather Room'||October 4, 2015||Belinda is settling into her new position at Steele's, and enjoys a steamy midday romp with colleague Giselle and managing director Tony in the office Leather Room.|
|S1E3||'The Regional Sales Meeting'||October 11, 2015||Belinda prepares for a big meeting with her regional sales managers and uses her assets to motivate the team during an after-work drinks session at the Pentra with Giselle and Bella.|
|S1E4||'The Maze / The First Client'||October 18, 2015||Belinda arrives in at the country home of chairman Sir James Godwin for a big company outing, and is surprised to be handcuffed to a trellis in a medium-sized maze! Then, she meets her first client: Alfonse Stirbacker from Belgium.|
|S1E5||'The Second Client Jim Stirling'||October 26, 2015||A second man encounters Belinda in the maze: Jim Sterling from Texas, USA. Despite his aggressive nature and lack of endowment, Belinda closes the deal.|
|S1E6||'The Third Client Peter Rouse'||November 1, 2015||Belinda meets her third and final client of the day: Peter Rouse from Amsterdam. She is instantly enchanted by the handsome Rouse, who draws symbols on her back to indicate their sexual connection and promises to meet her again that night.|
|S1E7||'The Tombola'||November 8, 2015||Belinda is freed from the maze, and discovers that the event is a charity tombola to benefit the Asses and Donkeys Trust. She, along with a disheveled Bella and Giselle, are auctioned off as sexual servants—and Belinda goes to the highest bidder, the mysterious Duchess.|
|S1E8||'The Chalet'||November 15, 2015||The Duchess collects her prize and brings Belinda to a nearby chalet in an upholstered horse box. The two women enjoy their rendezvous aided by the Duchess's beloved black leather dildo. After the romp, Belinda ties up the Duchess and steals her clothing and car to return for her meeting with Peter.|
|S1E9||'The Horse and Jockey'||November 22, 2015||Belinda makes it back to the Horse and Jockey Inn, where she enjoys a leisurely dinner and meets the charming young-ish man who works at reception.|
|S1E10||'Sunday Night 11.55pm'||November 29, 2015||Peter arrives at the Horse and Jockey, where he and Belinda put on a show in the lobby.|
|S1E11||'The Night Receptionist'||December 6, 2015||Belinda's night continues as the young-ish man on reception delivers a bottle of her favorite Chardonnay, some lovely turkey sandwiches, and of course, sexual pleasure.|
|S1E12||'The Duchess Comes Clean'||December 13, 2015||The next morning, Belinda returns to the chalet to free the Duchess, who admits that her participation in the tombola was beyond her control—and that she wants to be Belinda's sexual servant.|
|S1E13||'Monday Morning 7.45 AM'||December 20, 2015||Belinda and the Duchess enjoy a morning romp and part amicably before Belinda returns to her office.|
Full title: Belinda Blinked; 2 The continuing story of, dripping sex, passion and big business deals.: Keep following the sexiest sales girl in business as she earns her huge bonus by removing her silk blouse.
|Episode Title||Release date||Plot synopsis|
|S2E1||'Ritz Spa Gossip'||July 3, 2016||Belinda and Giselle enjoy a luxurious day at the Ritz Spa—and some gossip about what happened to Giselle at the charity tombola.|
|S2E2||'Amsterdammmm'||July 10, 2016||Belinda heads to the Netherlands to meet with Peter at Rouse HQ.|
|S2E3||'The Dutchman's Leather Desk'||July 17, 2016||The eccentric Dr. Robbins welcomes Belinda to Amsterdam with a rendezvous in his office—on his sumptuous leather desk.|
|S2E4||'Helga Turns It On'||July 24, 2016||Robbins's secretary, Helga, joins in on the fun at Rouse HQ.|
|S2E5||'Goedenavond Peter'||July 31, 2016||Belinda goes for a night on the town with Peter Rouse, and causes quite a scene during dinner at a fancy restaurant.|
|S2E6||'Casino Etoile, Amsterdam'||August 7, 2016||After supper, Peter and Belinda head to the casino, where they meet the Russian entrepreneur Grigor Kalansky. Peter pursues Grigor's assistant Lara, leaving Belinda alone with the Russian.|
|S2E7||'The Countess Zara'||August 14, 2016||Grigor brings Belinda to a secret club and introduces her to the Countess Zara. The three engage in a ménage à trois, on display in a shop window unbeknownst to Belinda.|
|S2E8||'Amsterdam to London Sky High'||August 21, 2016||At the airport, Belinda meets a group of like-minded saleswomen and books a speaking engagement at the O2. On the flight home, she encounters a beautiful pilot named Hazel and enjoys some mutual sky-high pleasure.|
|S2E9||'Motivating the Sales Force'||August 28, 2016||Back at Steele's, Belinda learns some sad news about her London Regional Sales Manager, Des Martin, and cheers him up with a little hanky-panky in the office.|
|S2E10||'Sir James Pops Up'||September 4, 2016||While enjoying Friday evening drinks at the Pentra, Bella dishes about her time at the tombola. Sir James Godwin makes a surprise appearance.|
|S2E11||'Forsters of Knightsbridge, Dressage Outfitters to Royalty'||September 11, 2016||Bella and Belinda go shopping for elegant horse riding gear.|
|S2E12||'The Fitting Bit'||September 18, 2016||Still at Forsters, Belinda and Bella seduce the salesman taking their measurements.|
|S2E13||'Up, Up and Away'||September 25, 2016||Bella and Belinda head to Texas on business and enjoy a VIP upgrade—and some sexual pleasures in B3—courtesy of Hazel the pilot.|
|S2E14||'Texas, USA'||October 2, 2016||The girls land in America and flirt with tycoons at the Stirling hotel. Then, Jim himself pays Belinda a visit in her hotel suite and confesses that he has a secret!|
|S2E15||'Jim's Secret'||October 9, 2016||Jim reveals his secret to Belinda: he's gotten a surgery that improved his penis size. Belinda is quick to enjoy the benefits of the procedure.|
|S2E16||'A Bit of Spaghetti Sauce'||October 16, 2016||Belinda goes on a date with Jim's colleague, Hank Skank. Hank brings her to a Crankies soccer match, then out for an Italian dinner that ends in a sexy mess.|
|S2E17||'A Hot Afternoon at the Lazy P Ranch'||October 23, 2016||Jim, Hank, Belinda and Bella celebrate a successful trip and helicopter out of town for an afternoon at the Lazy P Ranch. Belinda and Bella are entertained by a duo of sexy cowboys. Back in London, Belinda pegs Bella for a well-deserved promotion at Steele's.|
Full title: Belinda Blinked; 3: The continuing erotic story of sexual activity, dripping action and even bigger business deals as Belinda relentlessly continues to earn her huge bonus.
|Episode title||Release date||Plot synopsis|
|S3E1||'London; Thursday 15.55 Local Time'||May 28, 2017||Tony agrees to Bella's promotion. Then, it's time for Belinda's big engagement at the O2, where she wows the audience with a nonstick tin wok giveaway.|
|S3E2||'Epsom Hall'||June 4, 2017||Belinda reunites with the Duchess for a weekend at her lovely country home, and explores her collection of sex toys.|
|S3E3||'Dinner at the Duke's Table'||June 11, 2017||Belinda enjoys dinner with the Duke and Duchess and their high-society guests, all the while at the mercy of the Duchess's silver bullet.|
|S3E4||'A Topless Ride'||June 18, 2017||The Duchess brings Belinda to a posh riding event. The women get randy on the ride home, then tragedy strikes on Belinda's journey back to the city.|
|S3E5||'Accident or Emergency?'||June 25, 2017||Dr. Marco Origuez comes to Belinda's rescue and brings her back to London to evaluate her injuries.|
|S3E6||'Mr. Claus Bloch'||July 2, 2017||Belinda attends a posh lunch meeting with Claus Bloch, and seals the deal with an animalistic sexual rendezvous.|
|S3E7||'The Chocolate Fountain'||July 9, 2017||Belinda heads to Belgium to meet with Alfonse Stirbacker. He brings her to a chocolate factory, where an attractive female chocolatier seduces Belinda in her enormous chocolate fountain.|
|S3E8||'A F*cking Good Time'||July 16, 2017||Alfonse takes Belinda to an exclusive party at a members' club, which turns out to be a sex game.|
|S3E9||'Yorkshire'||July 23, 2017||Back in England, Belinda heads up to God's Own Country to meet with Yorkshire RSM Ken Dewsbury and resolve issues with a distributor—the only way she knows how.|
|S3E10||'Ken Dewsbury's Cellar'||July 30, 2017||Ken hosts Belinda at his basement flat in Leeds.|
|S3E11||'Cock-A-Doodle-Flew'||August 6, 2017||The Glee Team heads out for Giselle's hen do on a plane chartered by Hazel.|
|S3E12||'Butch the Sunburnt Kid'||August 13, 2017||Giselle's hen do continues into the evening, and the Glee Team meets a young Swedish man who wishes to lose his virginity and learn about standard sex from them.|
|S3E13||'A Schweinsteiger Afternoon'||August 20, 2017||Des Martin brings Belinda to Bargain Basementland, where she meets the Schweinsteiger siblings.|
|S3E14||'Belinda's Spiral Staircase'||August 27, 2017||After a successful day of business dealings, Belinda takes Des Martin home for a rendezvous at her central London apartment.|
|S3E15||'East Berlin'||September 3, 2017||Herr Bish, a competitor to Steele's, meets with his mysterious "Special One" to discuss their plans to take over the world of pots and pans.|
Full title: Belinda Blinked 4;: An erotic story of sexual prowess, sexy characters and even bigger business deals whilst the darkness increases;
|Episode title||Release date||Plot synopsis|
|S4E1||'Dearly Beloved'||August 28, 2018||Tony and Giselle's wedding day arrives, and Belinda gets ready to impress the congregation with some help from Chiara Montague. Bella and Belinda enjoy a little tête-à-tête as the wedding begins. However, a mysterious figure arrives at the wedding, catching Belinda's suspicions.|
|S4E2||'Tony's Secret'||September 3, 2018||The reception begins and Belinda gossips with Bella, Gregor, and the Countess Zara. (Maeve, the new receptionist, is a hot talking point in particular.) The mysterious figure is revealed to be Tony's long-lost brother George, who arrives to reunite with his family. On her way to the loos, Belinda reunites with Jim Sterling, causing some devastation to the wedding cake.|
|S4E3||'Cubicle Confessions'||September 10, 2018||Belinda bumps into Doctor Robbins and his assistant/girlfriend Helga. A visibly worried Helga draws Belinda's attention and leads her to the bathroom for a private conversation. After some fun with Belinda, Helga reveals to her that she is an undercover FBI agent working in corporate espionage and informs Belinda of the existence of the "Special One".|
|S4E4||'Zachariah's Magic Wand'||September 17, 2018||Belinda joins The Duchess and Lucia for a girls' night at the Ritz, followed by a trip to a mysterious underground nightclub. The ladies are charmed by Zachariah, the club's proprietor, whose tamarisk flute provides some smoky fun.|
|S4E5||'Turkey Sandwich?'||September 24, 2018||Back at the Ritz, Belinda enjoys a midnight snack—and a sexy reunion—with Sam, the young-ish man who's been promoted from Horse and Jockey night receptionist to Ritz manager!|
|S4E6||'Pots, Pans and Spoons'||October 1, 2018||Belinda calls a top-secret meeting with Tony and Sir James Godwin to get to the bottom of the Tri-Oxy Brillo conspiracy. Then, she meets a mysterious fellow, Agent James Spooner, for drinks at the Pentra.|
|S4E7||'Copier Blues'||October 8, 2018||Belinda brings Agent Spooner into Steele's HQ. There, Spooner poses undercover as an IT tech in hopes to uncover the secret mole working in the company.|
|S4E8||'Cricklewood Pumping Station'||October 15, 2018||Giselle momentarily disregards her wedding vows for a romp with Agent Spooner, including a skinny dip in the local reservoir.|
|S4E9||'Boy She Can Can'||October 22, 2018||After a bit of grooming and her bi-daily meeting with the RSMs, Belinda takes off for a trip to Paris—and the legendary burlesque parlor, Le Moulin Maron—where she meets a rotund beauty.|
|S4E10||'Clit Talk'||October 29, 2018||Belinda and Penelope head into the eye of Le Moulin Maron for "feeding time" with Mistress Sweetjuice. Then, Belinda jets off to Scotland, where she's secretly pursued by Agent Spooner.|
|S4E11||'The Meet'||November 5, 2018||With Spooner in pursuit and danger afoot, Belinda reunites with Helga.|
|S4E12||'A Factory Visit'||November 12, 2018||Belinda and the Glee Team head to the Steele's factory for a tour with Professor Slints, culminating in the grand unveiling of the Tri-Oxy Brillo range!|
|S4E13||'The Wicked-ish Bisch'||November 19, 2018||Series finale. The identity of Herr Bisch's Special One is revealed, and Steele's prepares to defend itself as the double agent delivers industry secrets to East Berlin.|
|Episode Title||Release date||Plot synopsis|
|S05E01||'The Aftermath'||September 9, 2019||After a devastating explosion in the Steele's Pots and Pans car park, lives hang in the balance as The Special One continues to plot against the members of the Confidential Order of Cookware Knights.|
|S05E02||'Beep...Beep...Beeeeeep'||September 16, 2019||The members of the Confidential Order of Cookware Knights hold vigil at Bella's bedside as she fights for her life.|
|S05E03||'The Safe House'||September 23, 2019||Belinda arrives at the safe house of the Confidential Order of Cookware Knights, where she, Tony and the newest member of the Glee Team try out the 'Hump and Skunk'.|
|S05E04||'Showering Ideas;;'||September 30, 2019||As part of her spy training, Belinda is taken to acting school, where she puts on a performance for her teacher.|
|S05E05||'Smiffy'||October 7, 2019||Belinda and Spooner head to East Berlin undercover in an effort to find Professor Slinz and bring Herr Bisch and Giselle to justice.|
|S05E06||'Clean As A Whistleblower'||October 14, 2019||Belinda and Spooner are still undercover in East Berlin and getting closer to bringing Bisch and Giselle to justice. Giselle's vagina gets her into trouble.|
The podcast features "Footnotes" episodes which run concurrently with the series, in which they discuss aspects of the phenomenon and invite notable listeners to discuss Belinda Blinked, offer suggestions, and discuss potential film castings. Footnotes began with episodes featuring Flintstone's biography and questions from listeners. Guests have included Elijah Wood, Joe Lycett, Thomas Middleditch, Charlotte Crosby, Michael Sheen, George Ezra, Stephen Mangan, Rachel Bloom, Daisy Ridley, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Barnes, Hayley Atwell, Emma Thompson, Mara Wilson, Josh Groban and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
On August 27, 2018, it was announced that HBO had plans to produce a comedy special based on the live tour of My Dad Wrote A Porno. It features a "lost chapter" from one of the books, and has various segments, including audience participation and live reenactments. The special was filmed over two nights in front of a live audience at the Roundhouse theatre in London. The special aired on HBO on May 11, 2019, and in the UK on Sky Atlantic on May 16.
The first series of My Dad Wrote a Porno was published as a book on October 27, 2016. It was designed as a spoof "study guide" with comments, annotations, character appraisals, key themes, and games provided by the hosts. In June 2017, a copy of the book signed by the hosts and Flintstone was auctioned as part of a fundraiser for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.
The My Dad Wrote a Porno live show has toured the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland and Just For Laughs comedy festival in Canada. The live show will be adapted into a comedy special on HBO in May 11, 2019.
The team have also been approached about adapting the material into a film. Based on the "Footnotes" episodes the team have postulated, "Elijah Wood's playing the youngish man. Daisy Ridley's the Duchess. Michael Sheen's Dr. Robbins, he was very excited about that. Thomas Middleditch wanted to be Dr Robbins too, so they'll have to fight for that. Rachel Bloom wanted to be Jim Sterling in prosthetics."
As of 2019, the podcast has been downloaded over 180 million times. Dedicated fans are known as "Belinkers" and on Mondays, when a new episode is released, the hashtag #PornoDay trends on Twitter. My Dad Wrote a Porno is frequently cited in best UK podcasts lists by media such as GQ, Square Mile (magazine),The Guardian, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and Stuff.
The writing style has been described as "unerotic" and "hideous" (The Guardian), "unintentionally hilarious" and having an "extremely sketchy knowledge of female anatomy" (The Times), and "Shakespearesque" (Michael Sheen)
In 2017, it was nominated for a Webby award in the category Comedy (Podcasts & Digital Audio). Also in 2017, the series was nominated in the Listener Choice category of the British Podcast Awards and the 7th annual Lovie Awards presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
In 2019, My Dad Wrote a Porno won a Webby award in the Comedy category for Podcasts & Digital Audio.
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