On November 1, 1982
, the BBFC
introduced a new system of film classification. Its certificates were
Uc, U, 12, 15, 18
(You will find the classification system, including its history, under BBFC
The R18 classification is depicted with white lettering on a dark blue rectangle (in landscape aspect)
The classification of R18 films is fascinating, and probably pushes back the boundaries of what the British public regard as legal content in films.
So, to quote from the BBFC, if I may.
'R18' To be supplied only in licensed sex shops to adults of not less than 18 years
The 'R18' category is a special and legally restricted classification primarily for explicit videos of consenting sex between adults. Such videos may
be supplied to adults only in licensed sex shops, of which there are currently about 90 in the UK. 'R18' videos may not be supplied by mail order.
The following content is not acceptable
The following content, subject to the above, may be permitted
These guidelines make no distinction between heterosexual and homosexual activity.