Channel 4 Orders ‘Bride & Prejudice’ Local Adaptation

Bride & Prejudice is getting a UK adaptation. Channel 4 has given the greenlight to a local adaptation of the A+E Networks format. Five episodes have been commissioned for the show’s first season.

Bride & Prejudice tells the stories of six soon to be wed couples as they confront a deeply held opposition to their marriage from within their own families whilst trying to organise their dream weddings. For each couple there is at least one family member who is dead set against their wedding ever taking place.

“Bride and Prejudice looks at issues ripe and relevant in Britain today through the prism of Romeo and Juliet stories of star-crossed lovers and their families”, said Lucy Leveugle, Channel 4’s Acting Head of Factual Entertainment. “The series is as much about the underlying bonds within these families as the conflict that these issues raise.”

The fact-ent series is bing produced by 7 Wonder – the independent production company that was originally backed by Australian broadcaster Seven Network before being acquired by Banijay earlier this year. Bride & Prejudice was commissioned by Channel 4’s Acting Head of Factual Entertainment Lucy Leveugle. Martin Conway is the series producer, while Duncan Coates will executive produce. The series is set to air on Channel 4 later this year.

“There’s nothing like a wedding to flush out a family drama, especially when it crosses traditional divides”, executive produce Duncan Coates added in a statement. “Bride and Prejudice is a timely re-working of an age old love story. Warm, witty and searingly honest, it’s a brilliant insight into the struggles for acceptance played out across Britain today”.