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TV show: Couples to wed minutes after meeting, can divorce after 6 weeks

Malta Independent Saturday, 10 May 2014, 09:00 Last update: about 8 years ago

Six singletons will be introduced at the altar and immediately married off on TV in a bizarre attempt by Britain’s Channel 4 to find the formula for the perfect relationship.

The show, which has a working title of Married At First Sight, will then see the couples take part in an experiment to find out if 'science can produce a successful relationship'.

Pro-marriage groups have criticised the idea, saying the producers 'seem to have little concept of how commitment works' and that the couples would be better off getting to know each other first, The Daily Mail reports.

The programme is based on a Danish show and will have six singles willing to say ‘I do’ in a legally-binding marriage - without having met.

The couples will be matched up by a panel of experts and cameras will follow their first six weeks together. At the end of filming, they will be asked if they want to stay together or not.

The broadcaster's chief creative officer Jay Hunt said the show was ‘a celebration of marriage’.

But Harry Benson, research director of the Marriage Foundation think tank, told MailOnline: ‘The producers of this show seem to have little concept of how commitment works.  And I'll be amazed if they can attract any serious social scientist as an expert if they are familiar with such research.'

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