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MTV is to launch a UK version of its hit online dating show Catfish.

The series sees people who suspect their online relationship is too good to be true and want help discovering the real identity of their suitor. The US version has aired more than 150 episodes since 2012.

The programme will be presented by radio DJ Julie Adenuga and journalist Oobah Butler.

Oobah Butler said: "It’s wild to me that the person who learned about the internet and deception by watching Catfish with his five brothers and sisters gets to be a part of its latest chapter. We live in a moment where everybody’s lives have moved online...

"I can’t wait to travel around the country, meet people, and use the tools I’ve developed making documentaries, to help them and better understand what it is about society that drives people to feel so inadequate that they cannot be themselves."

Julie Adenuga said: "As someone who has spent the most part of my career in the bubble of music and entertainment, Catfish UK is my first chance to connect with people in a completely different way, which is really exciting for me. The show is about vulnerability, empathy… and drama."

A TV insider told The Sun: "There are Catfish stories all over the world and MTV are so excited to bring it to the UK. They are already finding some incredible, mysterious online dating stories that need to be told."

Catfish UK begins Wednesday 21st April at 9pm on MTV.

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