Channel 4 Orders Season Two of Open House


Channel 4 has commissioned a second season of Open House: The Great Sex Experiment, a Global Format Fund series from Firecracker Films.

The second season, much like the series’ first season, will follow monogamous couples as they explore whether they would be happier together in an open relationship. Assisted by experts, the couples will embark on a series of intimate challenges to see, within a safe space, whether having sex with other people is at odds with maintaining their committed relationship.

The second season will also be funded by Channel 4’s Global Format Fund, the ringfenced spend designed to stimulate the creation of original new formats from U.K.-based indies for U.K. and international audiences.

Tim Hancock, commissioning editor at Channel 4, said: “The popularity of Open House shines a light on just how many couples nowadays are considering alternative relationship models, and I was proud of how the series showed both the joys and difficult challenges that opening up your relationship brings. We’ve been blown away by the number of couples who have applied to come to test out non-monogamy in series two.”

Jes Wilkins, chief creative officer at Firecracker Films, said: “I couldn’t be prouder of the impact that this series has made. It’s harder than ever before to attract a big, young audience to risky new shows, and we have achieved that by evolving the blend of purposeful and provocative factual entertainment that Firecracker and Channel 4 have worked on together so successfully over the years.”

Vivienne Molokwu, senior commissioning editor at Channel 4, said: “I am excited to announce the second Global Format Fund series recommission. Open House: The Great Sex Experiment performed very well against the fund criteria, and it is pleasing to know that there is advanced interest in the format from Australia, the U.S. and around Europe.”