Catfish: The TV Show Getting U.K. Version


MTV International is working on a U.K. version of Catfish: The TV Show featuring radio and TV presenter Julie Adenuga and writer and viral filmmaker Oobah Butler.

Produced by ViacomCBS International Studios UK (VIS UK), Catfish UK is the first international iteration of the hit show. The series will premiere 4×1-hour episodes on MTV UK and around the world beginning this spring, and six episodes later in the year.

Catfish: The TV Show follows the real-life stories of individuals in online relationships with partners they’ve never met in person

Craig Orr, VP of original content and development at ViacomCBS Networks International Youth & Entertainment Brands, said: “We are so excited to launch Catfish UK and have been blown away by the incredible stories we’re hearing of online love and deception. Julie and Oobah make the ultimate truth-seeking dynamic duo, and bring a freshness to the format that I believe our audiences will love.”

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! Rule number one: Expect the unexpected.”

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.”