<i>Sex Box</i> host Mariella Frostrup with panelists Tracey Cox, Phillip Hodson and Dan Savage.

Sex Box host Mariella Frostrup with panelists Tracey Cox, Phillip Hodson and Dan Savage. Photo: SBS

Yes, this is a thing: a British show where couples have sex on TV and then discuss their performance afterwards is coming to Australia.

The imaginatively titled Sex Box will air on SBS2 and features three couples getting it on and then having their skills in the sack analysed by "internationally renowned sex experts".

Much to the disappointment of British viewers when the show aired there last year, the sex happens out of sight of cameras.

The "Sex Box".

The "Sex Box".

The action takes place in an actual box – the "Sex Box", geddit, which is a kind of large wooden shipping container. Thus viewers are denied the opportunity for a bit of voyeurism, or even better, phoning in to vote on performances The Voice-style, or having judges offer Come Dine With Me-esque marks out of 10.

Intended to be an opportunity for an “open and honest” conversation about sex, the show was panned in Britain for being little more than gimmicky cheap thrills.

Host Mariella Frostrup, columnist Dan Savage, agony uncle Philip Hodson and relationship expert Tracy Cox feature on the panel chatting with the couples about their experience.

SBS2 is rounding off its programming in July with a six-part drama series about a group of twentysomething lesbians in Glasgow called Lip Service.

Sex Box and Lip Service air on July 18 from 9.25pm on SBS2.