Roué (sometimes spelled Roue) is a British spanking magazine originally published between c. 1978 and c. 1988. There were 72 consecutively numbered issues, plus a couple of correspondence specials. Each comprised 64 pages, 8 of them in colour. The magazine was owned and edited by Alan Bell.
Roué No.1, priced £2, carried on its cover the explanatory subtitle ‘Spanked Bottoms and Things Like That’ above a photograph of a uniformed nurse raising her skirt to reveal her bare buttocks. By the second issue, the subtitle had changed to ‘Institutional Scholastic and Domestic Discipline’. No subtitle was used thereafter, and the covers of Roué were often fairly discreet, as was the photographic content generally. Many pictures, in the early years especially, showed young women in full-bottomed cotton knickers bending over to receive punishment. Impact shots were uncommon. Male spankers were seldom seen in full view. The content covered M/F and F/F scenarios, and the stories rarely contained overtly sexual content. School settings predominated in the early years. Later, domestic settings became the norm. The regular 'Spanker's Gallery' feature reproduced drawings sent in by readers.
The first two dozen issues were published by Roué from a succession of London addresses: 59 Ridinghouse Street W1, 40 Danbury Street N1, 274 Hither Green Lane SE13, and 21 Dingley Road EC1. From No.25 in 1983, the publisher was Ram Books of 10-11 Moor Street, W1. This was a sex-shop on the eastern edge of Soho that specialised in fetishistic erotica. In the early 1980s, it also operated the Spankarama, a small cinema showing spanking videos.
Roué did not normally name the models who appeared in its photo-stories, but among the better known are Ruth Longdon in No.37, Sarah Bardot in No.43, Wendy Collings in No.58, Ruth Chapman in Nos. 61 & 62, and Mel Penny in No.72. This was the final issue, by which time the cover-price had risen to £7.
In the early 21st century, a new £10 magazine called The Roué re-cycled material from early issues of Roué without explanation. It ran to five issues.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Roué also produced a number of spanking videos, some of which came to be regarded as classics of the genre by fetishists who liked to see spanking and caning taken seriously. The films depicted school and domestic corporal punishment of young women in a relatively realistic way with considerable dramatic intensity. The director in most instances was Alan Bell. New legal requirements in Britain on the certification of films released on video put an end to this side of the business in 1984.
In 2005, spanking film-making and distribution resumed under the Roué brand. The original videos from the 1980s were remastered for sale on DVD as "Roué Classic" (23 titles, listed below) and "Roue Blue" (1 title, The Lecherous Lecturer, with sexual content).
Roué Eighties Spanking Classic series:
- After Hours
- Afternoon Detention
- The Beating of Rosie Keller
- Big Girls Do Cry
- Caned After School
- Dorset Cottage
- First Week of Term - Part 1 & 2, Alan Bell, Lucy Palmer
- Four O'Clock Report
- Jane and the Tutor
- Lessons at St. Winnifred's
- Moral Welfare
- Nurse's Remedy
- Private Lessons
- Private Tuition
- Rebel at St. Angela's
- Reform School Discipline
- Room 2D (1983), Lucy Palmer
- Schoolgirl Nieces
- The Beating of Rosie Kelly
- The Training of Julia
- Uncle George - Part 1 & 2
- Rebel at St. Angelas
- Video Verite
New titles produced under the Roué Films banner include Discipline For Daydreaming, Discipline Revisited, Trouble with Sarah - The Office, and Portfolio of Pain with Leia Ann Woods.
Scholastic Spanking and Institutional Punishments is a subcategory of videos with the titles The English Headmaster, starring Martina Stepanova and Sarah Collins, Spare The Rod (Special Detention 1), A Study In Punishment (Special Detention 2), and The Punishment of Pandora with Pandora Blake.
The Roué English Punishment Series is a co-production with Dreams of Spanking thus far featuring Edwardian era stories Atonement (Pandora Blake, Thomas Cameron) and Lost Causes (Adele Haze, Pandora Blake).
Distribution of other videosEdit
The Roué website also sells selected titles from Dreams of Spanking (The Final Test, Adornment, Instructed, Havelock's Campaign, Caning Merit Badge, Period Punishments 1, Domestic Discipline, and Rebels and Renegades).
The website also distributes videos made my other companies such as Strictly Miss Brown, Red Stripe, Red Stripe Original (45 vintage videos), Connoisseur CP, Smart Associates (including Bottom Line and Gaslight Prods.), Moonglow, Strictly English Spankaholics, Sam Johnson, and English Discipline.