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My racy readings are too shocking for today’s audience, says Jilly Cooper | Books | entertainment

The author, hailed as the massively successful “Queen of Punkbuster” with her series of smutty novels, is consulting about adapting her book into a new eight-part series on Disney+.

But Gilly, 85, thinks viewers aren’t as vulgar as they used to be.

“They’re tougher, a lot more controlled,” she said. “I don’t know about sex—you can’t say anything about anything. You wouldn’t dare.”

But, she added, with a chuckle, “I think they’re still having sex.”

Jilly, a huge Disney fan, is an executive producer on the TV series and reads the scripts while searching for the actor to play her hero, Robert Campbell Black.

Her novels, set in the fictional county of Rotshire, began in 1985 with Riders. Even Gilly admits she was shocked by all the unbridled emotion in this book.

But she says Rivals, her favorite in the series, isn’t exactly smutty.

The author added, “I am very excited about my participation, so they can ask me about scripts. Scripts are very important.”

Marcus Gilbert played Robert in the 1993 film version of Riders, which follows a group of bed-hopping stars. In the 1988 follow-up, Rivals, Robert becomes a politician in a dispute with a TV boss.

Gilley said he was loosely based on Queen Camilla’s ex-husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, with some traits of his friends. But the interesting stuff, she added, “was entirely my invention.”

She’s now writing Tackle — a novel based on soccer — though she admits: “I’m constantly being told to have more sex in it. I’m 85. I forgot how to do it!”

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