Exclusive: Footballers' Wives' Zöe Lucker didn't realise how "explicit" the show was

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Footballers' Wives was one of ITV's biggest — and soapiest — dramas of the 2000s, and we'll be able to relive all the high campery and melodramatic storylines from Thursday (August 26) on BritBox.

Between baby swapping, setting boobs on fire and sexing someone to death, the series had everyone shook in their BBM (that's BlackBerry Messenger, kids) chats when it aired between 2002 and 2006.

Before she starred in one of the most iconic EastEnders scenes of all time, Zöe Lucker played Tanya Turner, one third of the show's central love triangle.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, the actress reminisced about how raunchy and shocking the show was.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Related: Zoe Lucker and Laila Rouass reveal their favourite Footballers' Wives moments

"It was very of its time and I’ll be really interested to see how it transfers now to this new generation," Lucker admitted. "I think also it was so big in terms of the storylines. No storyline was too much.

"I watched [Sex/Life on Netflix] and I was like 'good grief!', because it’s been so long since I’ve seen anything like that. When I think back to those storylines and those scenes, because we were all very into the characters we were playing and very much into our world of Footballers' Wives, we didn’t realise just quite how explicit they were.

"I think since then, there’s been very little like that, until I saw Sex/Life. It’s going to be interesting and a bit weird knowing that people from my daughter’s school will be starting to watch it again. I’m going to have to wait and see how this all plays out. I just don’t know how it’s going to transfer."

Photo credit: ITV
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Related: Zöe Lucker reveals why she returned to Footballers' Wives following initial exit

She continued: "I think this might be an experiment to see, with it now coming out on BritBox, to see whether that is acceptable these days and whether or not people would go, 'Oh no, we would never make a show like that now. It’s not PC. It’s too graphic, too sexually explicit.'

"So I’ll be interested to see how it plays out and if it does set off a new wave, or whether people go, 'This is never going to happen.'"

Footballers' Wives will be available to stream on BritBox from August 26.

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