My New Best Friend
About the Show
Could you pass off a complete stranger as your new best friend for one short weekend to win £10k, even if your 'friend' was actually a brilliant actor hell-bent on humiliating you?
Series 1 Summary
Six competitors take a turn to try and convince their nearest and dearest that their new friendship - with a deeply troubling individual - is genuine. With £10,000 for anyone that can last the distance, the stakes are high.
Unfortunately for them, their so-called 'friend' is really an undercover actor whose sole aim is to irritate, infuriate and exasperate them into giving up - and giving the game away.
So, will the contestants grin and bear it as their nightmare house-guest meets their friends and family and turns the screw, or will they crack and confess all, just to get him to stop? And how will their friends, families and partners react to all the tears, tantrums and inappropriate touching?
Guaranteed to make you squirm (although not half as much as the contestants do), one brilliant performer inflicts six different but equally vile 'friends' on six participants.
No pain, no gain. Ten grand is a lot of cash. And if you want it, you're going to have to earn it... .
Stevie is an ultra-camp care worker who enters the life of Tim, an ex-public schoolboy living in London. Tim considers himself a man's man - he's big on babes and can't stand weirdos - so how he's going to cope with Steve is anybody's guess.
Introducing himself as Tim's former counsellor, Stevie proceeds to turn Tim's life upside down by making him insult his friends, ruin his cooking and announce to the world his deepest, most intimate secret.
Can Tim control his temper for long enough to win the money?
Daniel's not the most relaxed person to spend time with. A high-maintenance hypochondriac, he turns up to pester Tiffany, a tough talking girl who likes no-nonsense men.
During the course of the weekend, he manages to ruin Tiff's beauty sleep, upset her family and terrifies her friends so much they don't want to leave her with him.
Can Tiff bite her lip long enough to grab the money? Can she convince her real friends that Daniel's really her mate? Or will Daniel's paranoid personality prove just too much to take?
When Wicky turns up at Michael's door, Michael's world rapidly begins to unravel. He loves his tidy, clean flat and neat, structured life but Wicky is a messy, new-age neurotic who loves to hug and kiss (when he's not whining and crying, that is).
Wicky does his utmost to put the dampers on Michael's barbecue, create sparks at his Sunday morning football match and send his happy family life up in flames.
Has Michael got the nerve to last a weekend with Wicky, or are his friends and family more important than the dosh?
Sasha's never done a day's work in his life, but then he doesn't have to while he's living off his trust fund from daddy. Pompous and condescending, he descends upon mild-mannered Matt, bringing with him his special brand of 'Sasha Magic'.
Law breaking, insults and messing with Matt's head are only some of the ways Sasha likes to pass the time. Matt says he values his family and friends above all else, so how will he cope with a man who tries to pay Matt's friends to go away?
So, what price will Matt put on his friendships? £10,000, perhaps...
Demanding and needy, Simon attaches himself to Sam, a snowboarding globetrotter who needs his space.
It's not long before Simon starts to get right under Sam's skin, with his obsessive stalking behaviour bordering on the psychotic. Soon Sam's pals are feeling as worried about his new friend as Sam is - but can he convince them everything's fine?
Sam likes to think he's laid back but can he stand up to Simon's antics? And what will his mother say?
Loutish, loud mouthed and in your face, Gary's a wide boy in every way. He (literally) crashes into the life of Emma, a bubbly Coventry lass who's nice to animals.
Constantly up to no good, Gary is rude to everyone he meets, drives like a maniac and displays no end of animal aggression. What's more, he believes Emma is destined for greater things - but how will that go down with her friends?
As her confidence takes a dive, can Emma last out and claim the £10,000 prize?
My New Best Friend synopsis
Could you pass off a complete stranger as your new best friend for one short weekend to win £10k, even if your 'friend' was actually a brilliant actor hell-bent on humiliating you?Episode Guide >