New documentary unravels the mysteries of sex and desire

Premieres THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014 - 8 PM (8:30 PM NT)on CBC-TV's The Nature of Things

Click here to view the Decoding Desire trailer(October 14, 2014) Sex has been on the minds of scientists about as long as it has been on everyone else's - but what about desire? On THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2014 at 8pm (8:30pm NT) CBC-TV's The Nature of Things premieres DECODING DESIRE, a documentary by Merit Motion Pictures that unravels the mysteries of sex and desire and explores how sexual diversity and the experience of pleasure itself may be the key to species survival.Traditionally, the common assumption has been that men are sexually dominant with strong desires, while females are more interested in security and monogamy. But is this really true? Scientists are increasingly looking at animals to reveal more about our own sexual behaviour. Decoding Desire features leading scientists who examine weird and wonderful mating behaviours - from preening peacocks to promiscuous primates - revealing research that shatters old assumptions and alters our views about human sexuality.Whether exploring the brain chemistry of love and monogamy, the decreasing differences between men and women or the surprising truth behind what turns us on and why, Decoding Desire will challenge everything you thought you knew about sex and desire and leave you looking at men, and women, in a whole new way.Decoding Desire is directed by Ryszard Hunka (Ticked Off: The Mystery of Lyme Disease, The Battle of the Bag; Love, Hate and Propaganda; The 8thFire) and produced by Erna Buffie (Smarty Plants, The Changing Sea, Recreating Eden). Decoding Desire is produced by Merit Motion Pictures in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and with the participation of The Canada Media Fund, The Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit Program, The Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit Program, Manitoba Film & Music and Earth Touch.Merit Motion Pictures is one of Canada's leading producers of factual entertainment programming. Founded by executive producer and industry veteran Merit Jensen Carr, Merit Motion Pictures is known for producing multi-platform programs. Recent highlights include the CBC specials Ticked Off: The Mystery of Lyme Disease, Smarty Plants: Uncovering the Secret World of Plant Behaviour, Surviving The Teenage Brain, Conspiracy Rising, Faking the Grade, Conspiracy Rising, Information Overload, The Truth About Shoplifting, The Truth About Liars, and the multi-award winning CBC co-produced, One Ocean series for CBC's The Nature of Things. www.meritmotionpictures.comFor photography please visit: Contacts - to request a screener or interview:Jennifer Jensen-Tracy, 226-387-4067, jen.jensen@sympatico.caChristine Liber, 416-651-4722 x 1,

October 16, 2014