Married at First Sight UK set to rival Love Island as ‘Channel 4 plan explosive and racy new series’

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While Married at First Sight focusses on setting up relationships at the altar, Channel 4 are planning to turn it into a racy series to compete with ITV’s Love Island, which has always been a hit with younger viewers.

The show may already be explosive with millions of viewers tuning in, but bosses want to turn up the heat even more by transforming the TV show into a more “sex-ed up” version.

Channel 4 bosses are said to move the programme from Channel 4 to E4 as they plan to reinvent it into a raunchy version.

“Married At First Sight UK started out as much more of a straight TV experiment looking at relationships,” a source shared.

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“Producers were already looking to shake up the format, but the huge success of the Aussie version has convinced them they have the chance to reinvent the show and create one of this country’s most talked- about TV hits.

“They’re looking for particularly attractive and interesting characters to ensure the British reincarnation is as explosive as the one Down Under," they added to The Sun.

Love Island, hosted by Laura Whitmore, saw Paige Turley and Finley Tapp win the show back in 2020, with Siânnise Fudge and Luke Trotman coming in second place.

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The previous year saw Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea win the show as Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury were announced as runners-up.

Married at First Sight – launched back in 2015 – follows couples meeting for the first time on their wedding day.

After we see the couples say “I do”, the newly weds live alone together until they are asked whether they want to stay together.

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It comes after the producers promised the new UK series will be bigger and better than ever as it takes inspiration from Married at First Sight Australia.

Like the Aussie version, we will see couples make lifelong promises to each other rather than committing to legal marriages.

Viewers will get to see an all-access view of the exciting wedding prep, the big day and their romantic honeymoons.

Once the newly weds return from their loved-up getaways, their love will be put to the test where we will see whether they are meant to be together.

Commissioning Editor, Lee Murray 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.”

It comes after Executive Producer Murray Boland promised the series would be a “supersize version” of what we have all already binge-watched at home.

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