M6 orders French version of “The Undateables”

French network M6 has ordered a local adaptation of the docuseries The Undateables (pictured) from Paris-headquartered indie Pernel Media.
February 13, 2015

French network M6 has ordered a local adaptation of the docuseries The Undateables (pictured) from Paris-headquartered indie Pernel Media.

Titled Mon partenaire particulier, each 70-minute episode is to air during prime time, and is based on the betty-produced series The Undateables for the UK, where it airs on Channel 4 and was recently commissioned for a fifth and sixth series.

Pernel Media acquired the rights to the format – which follows a group of singles with disabilities entering the dating scene – from betty and the distribution division of betty parent company Discovery. The program was commissioned by Anne-Sophie Larry, William Lebugle and Stéphane Sallé of M6. Samuel Kissous - president of Pernel Media – is also serving as executive producer.

The Undateables is the latest international TV format that Pernel Media has adapted for French broadcasters. The indie previously reversioned Most Identical for M6, as well as Cash Cab for W9, and Great British Menu for TF1.

“Adapting a format as ambitious as The Undateables in France requires a very thorough development process,” said Kissous in a statement.

“We also garnered support from many organizations and officials in order to create the best possible version of this remarkable show for the French market,” she added. “We’re very proud of the result and look forward to the reaction from viewers.”

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