Wedding bells are ringing as Married at First Sight U.K. gets a major makeover for 2021, with the home-grown version of the global phenomenon making its way to E4. Taking inspiration from the hugely successful Australian version that gripped British viewers this summer, the new UK series will be a bigger, more explosive take on the format, following a fresh batch of singles as they search for love and a happy-ever-after with complete strangers.
Produced by CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, over 20x60’ episodes the series will follow the couples as they meet for the very first time at the altar. Following the Australian format, rather than legal marriages, the couples will make a lifelong commitment to one another at a glamorous ceremony, overseen by a wedding celebrant, that includes guests, bridal gowns, dancing, speeches and cake.
After the ceremony and celebrations are over, true love is well and truly put to the test, as they embark on a luxurious honeymoon, before moving in with each other AND their fellow couples. Relationships will be put under the microscope, by fellow brides and grooms at weekly dinner parties – as well as by the experts, at recurring commitment ceremonies, where couples choose whether they want to stay in or leave the process.
All this and more will build to a dramatic series finale: glossy, high-stakes vow renewals, in which each couple must decide if they will recommit to their partner or go their separate ways.
Lee McMurray, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, said: “I’m thrilled to be refreshing one of the portfolio’s most popular brands for E4, bringing extra scale and ambition to what is already one of the most audacious and provocative experiments on television, and delivering what we hope will be the most exciting series yet.”
Murray Boland, Executive Producer for CPL said: “It is so exciting to be starting afresh on a supersized version of such a pioneering and successful series.”
Will true love lead the way, or will there be a runaway bride or groom? Find out in what’s sure to be the most sensational series of Married at First Sight U.K. ever, coming to E4 in 2021.
Notes to Editors
Married at First Sight Australia has been the biggest non-scripted show for E4 since 2018 and was the most watched show on All 4 this summer. On E4 it saw more than double the slot average for share and consolidated with an average of 820k and a 11.10% 16-34 share.
About CPL Productions
CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, is one of the most successful independent TV, radio and podcast production companies in the UK. An impressive roster of hit shows includes Sky One’s double BAFTA-winning series A League of Their Own, now in its 15th season, the US version Game On! for CBS, and spin-off series A League of Their Own: European Road Trip and US Road Trip; There’s Something About Movies for Sky One; Sky One comedy The Reluctant Landlord, written by and starring Romesh Ranganathan and Rob and Romesh Vs for Sky One; upcoming new Sky Arts poetry show Life & Rhymes hosted by Benjamin Zephaniah; multi-award winning Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes and Married At First Sight - all for Channel 4; new kids game show Don’t Unleash the Beast for CITV; scripted series Brief Encounters for ITV; and Harry Hill / NIT Television’s Alien Fun Capsule for ITV, Harry Hill’s Clubnite and Reasons for be Cheerful with Matt Lucas for Channel 4, entertainment series Harry Hill’s World of TV for BBC Two, and new comedy sketch show Ellie & Natasia for BBC Three. CPL also collaborates with Romesh Ranganathan and Benjamin Green’s company Ranga Bee Productions and co-produced Romesh Presents.