Unscripted

Lifetime brings “The Week the Women Went” to U.S.

Based on the social experiment format from the BBC, The Week the Women Went will premiere on Lifetime on June 6, and sees the women of Yemassee, South Carolina leaving the town for seven days to let its men fend for themselves.
April 26, 2012

Based on the social experiment format from the BBC, The Week the Women Went will premiere on Lifetime on June 6, and sees the women of Yemassee, South Carolina leaving the town for seven days to let its men fend for themselves.

The programming event aims to explore modern gender roles, by documenting the remaining men as they run their households, businesses and community on their own, while the women stay at an isolated site.

Yemassee was selcted from nearly 100 towns in the U.S., according to Lifetime. Relationship expert, author and television commentator Dr. Wendy Walsh will narrate the program.

After the 90-minute June 6 premiere at 10 p.m. EST/PST, the unscripted series will air as one-hour episodes on June 13 and June 20, before the two-hour finale airs on June 27.

The Week the Women Went first debuted on BBC Three in the U.K. in 2005, and has since been formatted in a number of international territories, including Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, India, Norway, Morocco and Sweden.

The Week the Women Went is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Jon Kroll (Big Brother, Amazing Race, Amish In The City) is executive producer and Elli Hakami (Dual Survivor, Gold Rush: Alaska) and Jane Tranter (Top Gear, Dancing with the Stars) are executive producers for BBC Worldwide Productions. Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy, Colleen Conway and Noah Pollack are executive producers for Lifetime.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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