E4 can reveal that the new series of Married at First Sight UK will feature two same-sex couples. Like last year, the series will feature a male couple and, for the first time, a female couple will also exchange their vows.
Last year, MAFS UK welcomed its first same-sex couple in Matthew and Daniel, who won over the hearts of the nation during their time in the experiment. Since appearing on the series, their relationship has gone from strength to strength.
On finding the couples, Relationship Expert, Mel Schilling said: “We take the matchmaking process extremely seriously and when it comes to finding and matching our couples, it’s so important to us that we find matches that are authentic and reflect the diversity of the society we live in...
“That’s why I’m so thrilled that this year we’re welcoming not just one, but two same sex couples into the fold. I’m really looking forward to you meeting them – they are firecrackers and sure to keep you entertained.”
Last year’s same-sex couple, Matt and Dan previously said “It was such an amazing experience to appear on the latest series of MAFS UK and to be representing the LGBTQ+ community on a dating show with this sort of impact...
“We went in not knowing what to expect from the process, other than we’d be marrying a stranger. The experts truly worked their magic. We fell in love thanks to the process, and are still together now, happier than ever before!”
Channel 4 Factual Entertainment Commissioning Editor, Lee McMurray, said: “I am delighted to be making MAFS history by featuring two same-sex couples in a show that is committed to and celebrates diversity. They are part of fantastic new cast whom I’m sure viewers will fall in love with.”
The first series of MAFS UK averaged 2.4 million viewers an episode across 28 days of linear and online viewing and was E4’s highest rating non-scripted programme ever. The series was also the third most streamed series on All 4 in 2021.
Married at First Sight UK returns to E4 and All 4 later this year. More information will be revealed in due course.