Fifty-eight-year-old engineer James may have been happily married for 36 years, but four times a week he indulges in a love affair with a blonde called April.

Except he isn't cheating on his wife... because April is a latex sex doll.

Standing at 153cm tall, she looks scarily realistic - and is one of three sex dolls that James owns, each costing a whopping £2,000 ($2,600).

Sex Doll

Credit: The Sex Robots Are Coming / Channel 4

But James isn't done collecting yet, as he's now saving up for an £8,000 ($10,600) robotic sex doll called Harmony, who can talk back to him, smile and will even be responsive during sex.

"Most manufacturers make them look something in the region of 20 years old," James says. "For a man of my age it's a fantasy because I will never be a Brad Pitt or something like that."

James also doesn't keep April locked behind closed doors, either.

"When I take April out it's usually to a hamburger place where we can stop and get a bite to eat, a lot of people don't even notice she is not a breathing person," he says.

"We usually have sex two to three, sometimes four nights a week routinely. It's amazingly like having sex with a real woman, the biggest difference is whatever position you want them in you have to put them in, as they will not get there on their own."

Harmony

Harmony can 'seduce' her owners. Credit: PA

According to James, the sexual aspect is a very small part of it, as he says he also derives lots of pleasure from looking after the dolls, dressing them, putting on their make-up and interacting with them.

He explains: "Most doll owners, although they do go into it with the doll as a sex toy, they find they do develop a relationship with it. If I had to choose between April and my wife I honestly don't know what I would do."

Matt McMullen, of The Real Doll Company and its associated business Realbotix, is the creator of James' dream sex doll, Harmony, who can 'seduce' owners and respond to questions.

"My original intention was to create a unique piece of art, something that looks so convincingly real that people stop and look at it," Matt says.

Sex Doll

Matt with Harmony. Credit: The Sex Robots Are Coming / Channel 4

"Potential clients were saying 'I love your work and the way this doll looks, but can I have sex with it?' It made me realise that this was going to be a business venture, not an art project."

"Fifty years from now, with the way technology is moving, it would not surprise me if sex robots were as commonplace as porn," he adds.

The stories are part of a new Channel 4 documentary, The Sex Robots Are Coming, which airs on Thursday 30 November at 10pm.

Well, each to their own. *Shrugs*

Featured Image Credit: The Sex Robots Are Coming / Channel 4

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist at LADbible. Jess graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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