Don’t Tell The Bride is on the move.
Mere days after details of the plans to move BBC Three online were unveiled, the BBC has announced that the channel’s popular factual entertainment series Don’t Tell The Bride will be making the move to flagship channel BBC One.
The series began its life on BBC Three in 2007 and follows a young couple who are given a fixed budget to spend on their wedding – but it’s the groom who gets full control. Since launching, eight seasons of the Renegade Pictures produced series have aired on the youth-skewing channel and countless international versions have been produced.
Given the proposed retreat from factual entertainment, the show had been expected to be a casualty of the plans to move BBC Three Online. But it will now move to BBC One for a new season in 2015. It is understood, however, that the move to BBC One has necessitated some changes to the format, with the ages of the couples now sitting in the range 30 – 55, rather than the decidedly younger couples featured in the show’s BBC Three iteration.
“Don’t Tell the Bride will bring a new flavour to BBC One and expand the range of factual entertainment programmes in the schedule, it will retain all the elements fans of the show love but re-imagined for a broad audience”, said Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One.
Don’t Tell The Bride is the latest BBC Three series to find a home on one of the BBC’s other channels, and follows in the footsteps of Backchat and Russell Howard’s Good News – both of which have relocated to BBC Two. Further BBC Three shows are expected to move to either BBC One or BBC Two in the coming months as part of the move online, with Director of Television Danny Cohen having recently stated that such decisions are being made on a case by case basis.
“The team is thrilled to be bringing the real life, romantic comedy of Don’t Tell the Bride, to a BBC One audience”, added Harry Lansdown, Director of Programmes for Renegade Pictures. “It’s fascinating to see what marriage means to people of varying ages in modern Britain, and not just to the couple themselves, but to their wider family and children, whose lives are all impacted by the big day.”