Unsuspecting couples’ relationships will be put to the test in E4’s new factual-entertainment series BAEwatch (w/t), co-produced by Thames and Motion Content Group.
BAEwatch will lead couples to believe that they’re going away on a romantic vacation to take part in a game show by themselves, only to be secretly watched by their in-laws they’ve yet to meet. The sets of parents, who will also be setting challenges for the pair, will meet each other before revealing their presence to their unaware children.
“We are so excited to bring this new dating show with a sunshine twist to E4,” said Phil Harris, the creative director for Thames. “We decided to take the moment you meet your in-laws and explode it E4 style to create a truly funny, cringey and memorable show. We are going to see the Instagram generation completely unfiltered in front of the people they want to impress the most.”
Martin Oxley, executive producer for Motion Content Group, added: “For some, meeting the in-laws is the most stressful part of getting serious in love. The amazing team at Thames have found a unique way for families to interrogate the love in their off-spring’s lives, and the results of the hilarious secret tests will have viewers hiding behind their cushions and thanking their lucky stars it’s not them.”
Vivienne Molokwu, commissioning editor of formats and features at Channel 4, commented: “The series takes a humorous look at a relationship milestone almost everyone can relate to—meeting the parents—but multiplies the awkwardness of that often dreaded moment by 100 percent.”