EXCLUSIVE: A+E Networks format Bride and Prejudice is heading to the UK after Channel 4 commissioned a local version of the relationship series.
The British broadcaster has commissioned a five-part series, based on the show that launched on FYI in March 2016, from 7 Wonder. The production company was recently acquired by Banijay Group, the international group that owns Keeping Up With The Kardashians producer Bunim Murray.
Bride and Prejudice, which has a similar tone to series such as Married At First Sight, explores what happens when love comes up against a prejudice so strong that it threatens to tear relationships apart. It tells the stories of six soon to be wed couples as they confront a deeply held opposition to their marriage from within their own families, whilst trying to organise their dream weddings. For each couple, there is at least one family member who is dead set against their wedding ever taking place. From race to religion, LGBT to class and age gap, the couples face countless questions.
The show was commissioned by Channel 4’s Acting Head of Factual Entertainment Lucy Leveugle and is exec produced by Duncan Coates and series produced by Martin Conway. It will air in the UK later this year.
Leveugle said, “Bride and Prejudice looks at issues ripe and relevant in Britain today through the prism of Romeo and Juliet stories of star-crossed lovers and their families. The series is as much about the underlying bonds within these families as the conflict that these issues raise.”
Coates added, “There’s nothing like a wedding to flush out a family drama, especially when it crosses traditional divides. Bride and Prejudice is a timely re-working of an age-old love story. Warm, witty and searingly honest, it’s a brilliant insight into the struggles for acceptance played out across Britain today.”