In an exciting announcement, ITV1 and ITVX have revealed the title of their highly anticipated new dating show, “My Mum, Your Dad,” which will be hosted by the beloved presenter, Davina McCall. Produced by Lifted Entertainment, a part of ITV Studios, this groundbreaking series, formerly known as ‘The Romance Retreat,’ is scheduled to air on both ITV1 and ITVX this autumn.
“My Mum, Your Dad” is not your typical dating show—it’s a unique concept designed to captivate audiences of all ages. The show follows a group of single parents who have been nominated by their adult children for a second chance at finding love. Over the course of 10 hour-long episodes, viewers will have the opportunity to observe these single parents, hailing from various backgrounds across the United Kingdom, as they cohabit in a picturesque country house retreat. Their common goal? To discover true love.
However, there’s a twist that adds an extra layer of intrigue. Unbeknownst to the parents, their children will be monitoring their every move from a nearby location known as ‘The Bunker.’ From this surveillance room, the kids will witness all the romantic endeavours of their parents and even have the chance to influence their dating fate by playing matchmaker. They’ll be able to select potential matches for their mothers or fathers, deciding who gets to go on one-on-one dates and potentially become a part of their family’s future.
From heartwarming confessions to comical moments, the children will witness their parents in a whole new light. They’ll experience the highs and lows, the tears and the laughter, as their parents navigate the journey of finding love once again.
Lifted Entertainment, a division of ITV Studios, will be responsible for producing “My Mum, Your Dad.” The series is helmed by Executive Producers Ami Jackson and Ros Coward, with Paul Hepplewhite serving as the Series Producer. ITV commissioned the show for broadcast, with Paul Mortimer, Director of Reality Commissioning, and Amanda Stavri, Commissioning Editor of Reality TV, overseeing the process. International distribution will be handled by ITV Studios.
Davina McCall, the show’s esteemed host, expressed her excitement about the project, stating, “Thank goodness the secret is finally out! I’ve been bursting to tell! I’m so, so excited to host ‘My Mum, Your Dad.’ This show will have you so invested in the people in it. Fascinating, vibrant individuals who have lived incredible lives already, with a million life lessons under their belts, as they search for their perfect life partner. But also with the juiciest twist of any show I’ve ever worked on.”
Paul Mortimer, Director of Reality and Acquisitions at ITV, commented on the unique nature of the show, saying, “My Mum, Your Dad is set to be a relationship show with a difference, as we follow the emotional and inspiring journeys of single parents looking to find love once more. Packed full of heart and humour, we’re really excited to be bringing this brand new format to ITV1’s mainstream audience. With Davina at the helm, this will be a grown-up iteration of a series in the dating genre that, thus far, has largely been the preserve of younger viewers.”
Richard Cowles, Managing Director of Lifted Entertainment, highlighted the show’s aim to revolutionise dating formats by catering to a broader audience. He said, “At Lifted, we revolutionised the dating format with Love Island, but dating isn’t just about young people. We can’t wait to launch this new dating format in the UK, this time with a very different cast of singles. They may come from a different age bracket, but they share the same simple aim: to fall in love. And for single parents, the stakes are even higher. We’re delighted to have Davina at the helm, teasing out these hugely relatable stories in a heartwarming and entertaining way.”
The creative minds behind “My Mum, Your Dad” are father and daughter duo Haley and Greg Daniels, who developed the show’s concept.
As anticipation builds for the upcoming series, viewers can expect to be enthralled by the emotional journeys of these single parents as they search for love once more. With a talented host like Davina McCall leading the way, “My Mum, Your Dad” promises to be an unforgettable addition to the dating show genre, showcasing relatable stories of heartwarming moments and entertaining twists.