UK prodco Thames, part of Fremantle, and Motion Content Group are taking a comedic look at relationships in a new reality format for E4, UK pubcaster Channel 4′s digital youth channel.
BAEwatch (wt, 8 x 60 minutes) will send happy couples on a romantic getaway. What they won’t know is that they’re being secretly observed by their in-laws, who will set challenges for them to test the strength of their relationship before they’ve even met.
Each episode will see a new couple told they’re participating in a game show in which they will be challenged to prove how strong their relationship is. When all is revealed, they’ll see just how much was shared with their parents and in-laws.
The series is coproduced by Thames and Motion for E4. It was commissioned by Vivienne Molokwu, commissioning editor of formats and features at Channel 4. Amelia Brown, Phil Harris and Ben Stevens serve as executive producers for Thames. Georgina Hinds is series producer for Thames, and Martin Oxley is executive producer for Motion.
“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,” said Harris, creative director of Thames, in a statement. “We are going to see the Instagram generation completely unfiltered in front of the people they want to impress the most.”
“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%,” added Molokwu.