British pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned two new non-fiction programs: a dating format and a doc on UK celebrity Charlotte Church and her family.
Five Guys a Week sees one single person paired up with five different live-in boyfriends for a week. The catch is that the host will live with all five at the same time, having to eliminate four by week’s end to continue a relationship with the winner.
The 10 x 60-minute series is produced by Label 1 for Channel 4, which has ordered nine new episodes to accompany a pilot filmed earlier this year.
Casting and pre-production has now started on the series, with production starting this summer. Barnaby Coughlin, Simon Dickson and Lorraine Charker-Philips serve as executive producers, with Helen Richards as series producer.
“This simple format goes well beyond the realm of a traditional dating show,” said Gilly Greenslade, factual entertainment commissioning editor for C4, in a statement. “The pilot was hugely entertaining, but also explored what people actually want from their partners as well as offering a revealing — and sometimes surprising — insight into the male psyche.”
“It’s a format that speaks to a universal concern — being loved — that will work in any language, in any country in the world where people long to find their soul mate,” added Coughlin, head of factual entertainment.
Meanwhile, Charlotte Church: My Family & Me (w/t; 1 x 60 minutes) follows celeb and former child star Charlotte Church (pictured) and her relationship with her parents.
The series chronicles a trip with Church and her parents as they leave behind their daily routines to seclude themselves for five days in a remote corner of the UK, where they’ll confront the tensions that sudden fame created in their relationships.
The program is produced by Curious Films, with Dov Freedman serving as executive producer and Charlie Russell directing.
“Our relationship with our parents is one of the most important relationships in our lives, but can also be the most difficult,” said Lee McMurray, commissioning editor of factual entertainment at C4. “This format explores this universal predicament with one of the country’s most recognizable and loved figures.”
(Photo courtesy of Channel 4)