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E4 unscripted pilots tackle love, marriage, kink and survival

Channel 4′s E4 has ordered a number of one-off pilots running the gamut of love, marriage, kink and survival  — a couple of them clothing-optional. First up is Kinky Daters, scheduled ...
August 27, 2021

Channel 4′s E4 has ordered a number of one-off pilots running the gamut of love, marriage, kink and survival  — a couple of them clothing-optional.

First up is Kinky Daters, scheduled for broadcast on E4 on Aug. 31 at 10 p.m.

Produced by MGM Television and presented by Sian Welby, straight-laced singles get to walk on the wild side by going on dates with individuals who enjoy unusual kinks, fetishes and lifestyles. If the date goes well and the participants are intrigued enough to take matters further, they can join the kink fanatics in the “kinky playroom” to explore and experiment at their own pace. An on-location sex and relationship expert will offer real-time advice.

Executive produced by Dominic Bird and Victoria Hamburger and commissioned for E4 by Genna Gibson, entertainment commissioning editor, Phil Harris, head of entertainment and events and Karl Warner, head of youth and digital,  Kinky Daters’ development is overseen by Bird and Paul Evans.

For those that like a little nudity in their outdoor competitions, the Avalon-produced Naked, Alone and Trying To Get Home (w/t) finds two pairs of strangers stripped of all clothing and possessions and tasked with racing across the British countryside to reach a cash prize – and some attire. Of course, the finish line is located in a busy town center. As they improvise their way through town and  uncover the prize, it’ll be charity-bound.

Executive produced for Avalon by Jay Taylor and Jamie Isaacs, Naked, Alone and Trying to Get Home (w/t) was commissioned for E4 by Tim Hancock, factual entertainment commissioning editor and Warner.

Next up is The Love Triangle, a dating show designed to help couples, 18-24, wishing to explore a polyamorous relationship by helping them find that elusive third partner. Presented by Desiree Burch (pictured) with British drag queen Bimini Bon Boulash providing voiceover assistance, the next challenge is to discover whether the chosen third party is equally enamoured with the couple.

“It’s a dating show that is evolving to meet the needs of a new generation of relationships,” said Burch in a statement.

The Love Triangle is executive produced for Naked Productions by Tom O’Brien and Anna Meadows, with Nykki Parker serving as series producer. Commissioning the pilot for E4 is Steve Handley, entertainment commissioning editor, Harris and Warner.

And if all these  potential relationships and competitions work out, you know where that might lead — to the chapel, or at the very least, The One Stop Wedding Shop. 

Produced by South Shore, The One Stop Wedding Shop is a customized wedding boutique and salon that caters to brides and grooms in need, no matter how outlandish the request. An elite team of experts – dress designers, cosmeticians and hair stylists tackle every request that walks through their doors to make the wildest wedding dreams a reality.

One Stop Wedding Shop is executive produced by Caroline Davies, Melanie Leach and Andrew Mackenzie for South Shore, with Vivienne Molokwu, factual entertainment commissioning editor and Warner rounding out the commission for E4.

All programs will be broadcast on E4 and available to stream on All 4, with broadcast dates TBA with the exception of Kinky Daters.

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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