Would you get Married at First Sight? Channel 4 show to return for second series
Published 25/07/2015 | 11:51
Controversial Channel 4 series Married at First Sight will return for a second series.
The show, which wrapped up after three episodes on Thursday night, saw a team of experts matching couples who would then meet for the first time at the altar on their wedding day.
Only one of the three matched couples elected to stay together beyond the first six weeks of marriage.
Another couple pulled out before the wedding while the second pair called it quits after two weeks of marriage when the husband was spotted looking for a replacement partner on Tindr.
The first episode of the show saw 1500 people audition to take part in the experiment and analysed by a team of scientists and relationships experts before just three couples were matched.
The second episode charted the two weddings and the third saw one of those dissolve while the other went from strength to strength.
Despite the controversy Married at First Sight proved a hit with British viewers, drawing 2.5million per episode.
Channel 4’s chief creative officer Jay Hunt defended the show as "a celebration of marriage".
"It says marriage is important because of social cohesion. We don't have a great track record in that area," she said.
"What if we take a slightly different approach and at its heart is the idea that we make the biggest decision of our life based on gut instinct and what if you got an array of experts to help inform that decision and you would be more likely to make the right choice?
"And what's interesting about it is in the countries where it's already played out, the feedback has been very positive and celebratory and the people involved in it have come back with a very different perspective on what they need from a relationship."