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New comedy panel show. Comedians Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont put their own marriage flaws to one side in order to judge everyone else's, by inviting two unsuspecting celebrity couples to go head-to-head to decide who has the best relationship.

First up are Countdown maths whizz Rachel Riley and professional dancer Pasha Kovalev, and comedians Richard Herring and Catie Wilkins.

The celeb couples take on some patience-testing challenges, including a nightmare makeover, tackling an impossibly dirty bathroom, and a rather alarming lie detector test in which one of the stars is outed as a shower pee-er...

Relationship secrets are spilled as dirty laundry is aired, grievances shared and irritations examined, all while Jon, Lucy and a professional marriage therapist sit on in judgement, on the hunt for the perfection.

The road to be crowned a perfect couple begins before the celebs even get to the studio, when Jon and Lucy take them to a special couples’ retreat to complete a variety of daft, physical games designed to test key relationship skills such as communication and trust.

Jon Richardson said: "For too long now I have snuck out of our house and, behind her back, told audiences around the country about the things Lucy does that annoy me. I am grateful to Channel 4 for giving me the opportunity to air these grievances to her face and hope audiences enjoy the opportunity to see a small and petty man roasted and humiliated in return, as celebrity guests and a studio audience watch on with glee."

Lucy Beaumont said: “Jon doesn’t want to spend time with celebrities and I don’t want to spend time with Jon, so I think Channel 4 have found the perfect recipe for a couples based panel show. Good luck to us all in all honesty, and I hope people can feel slightly better about their own relationships, and we can laugh in the face of celibacy.”

Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events at Channel 4 said “The industry really engaged with our panel pilot initiative last year and it’s so pleasing to commission a brilliant regional team on a show that shares some of that funny and mischievous DNA of our other panel shows including Taskmaster and Cats Does Countdown.”

Jon & Lucy's Odd Couples begins Friday 13th January on Channel 4.


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