Everyone can recall that nerve-wracking first time they met the in-laws. But what if the make or break moment is already taking place and you have no idea?
For brand-new E4 series BAEwatch [w/t], Thames and Motion Content Group will test unsuspecting couples who not only think they have the perfect relationship, but also believe that they’re away on a romantic break just for two. Unbeknown to them, this is a couple’s holiday like no other, as they will be secretly observed by their in-laws, who will be hiding out watching and setting challenges behind-the-scenes to see what the relationship is really like, all before they have even met for the first time.
Each self-contained episode sees the unknowing couple fly out to a luxury villa where they believe they are taking part in a gameshow where they will be challenged to prove how strong their relationship is. While taking part in the fictional series, every cringey comment, every awkward PDA and every last squabble is being remotely monitored by their in-laws who will set entertaining challenges and questions in order to find out all they can about their beloved child’s partner.
As if that’s not tough enough, the series sees both sets of parents meet up to discuss their offspring’s relationship and their holiday antics before finally surprising the blissfully unaware couple face to face. The unsuspecting pair will discover just how much they’ve been watched as they view back the most cringeworthy moments of their holiday as one big happy family.
With the chance for first impressions out the window, will the baes impress their in-laws enough to be invited over for Sunday lunch? Or will they disappoint and be struck off the Christmas card list forever?
Phil Harris, Creative Director, Thames said: “We are so excited to bring this new dating show with a sunshine twist to E4. We decided to take the moment you meet your in-laws and explode it E4 style to create a truly funny, cringey and memorable show. We are going to see the Instagram generation completely unfiltered in front of the people they want to impress the most.”
Martin Oxley, Executive Producer, Motion Content Group said: “For some meeting the in-laws is the most stressful part of getting serious in love. The amazing team at Thames have found a unique way for families to interrogate the love in their off-spring’s lives, and the results of the hilarious secret tests will have viewers hiding behind their cushions and thanking their lucky stars it’s not them.”
Vivienne Molokwu, Commissioning Editor, Formats and Features Channel 4 commented: “The series takes a humorous look at a relationship milestone almost everyone can relate to – meeting the parents but multiplies the awkwardness of that often dreaded moment by 100%.”
BAEwatch [w/t] is an 8x60’ part series co-produced by Thames (part of Fremantle in the UK) and Motion Content Group for E4. Commissioned by Vivienne Molokwu, Commissioning Editor, Formats and Features, Channel 4, with Amelia Brown, Phil Harris and Ben Stevens Executive Producers for Thames, Georgina Hinds, Series Producer for Thames and Martin Oxley, Executive Producer for Motion Content Group.
Thames is the entertainment label of Fremantle in the UK. Thames is Britain’s leading producer of quality entertainment TV and is home to the UK’s biggest and best entertainment programmes.
Currently on air and in production: The X Factor (ITV), Britain’s Got Talent (ITV), Britain’s Got More Talent (ITV2), Take Me Out (ITV), Eating with my Ex (BBC Three), Confetti (Facebook Watch).
Fremantle is one the largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted content in the world. A global entertainment powerhouse, Fremantle has an outstanding international network of production teams, companies and labels in over 30 countries. We produce in excess of 12,000 hours of original programming, roll out more than 60 formats and air 450 programmes a year worldwide. The group distributes over 20,000 hours of content in more than 200 territories. We are also a world leader in digital and branded entertainment, with more than 300 million subscribers across 1,400 social channels and over 100 billion views across all platforms.
We are part of RTL Group, a global leader across broadcast, content and digital, itself a division of the international media giant Bertelsmann.
About Motion Content Group
Motion Content Group is a global content investment and rights management company. They invest and partner with the world’s leading talent, producers and distributors to fund, develop, produce and distribute premium content. By answering the growing demand for new premium content models, they support editorially and commercially vibrant networks and platforms, for the global benefit of advertisers and Motion’s partners. Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, Motion currently operates in 26 countries worldwide and has a broad range of award-winning programming distributed globally.