After launching as a short-form series, Eating With My Ex is getting a full long-form series on BBC Three. The online channel has ordered ten thirty-minute episodes, which will include a celebrity special.
Eating With My Ex reunites former couples over dinner to pick over the bones of their failed relationships. The original series, in which episodes ran seven minutes, earned a BAFTA nomination and was a huge success for BBC Three, racking up nearly 20 million views.
The new long-form format will feature new elements to ensure that Eating with My Ex delivers plenty more heart-warming, funny and authentic encounters. It is being co-produced by FremantleMedia UK labels Shotglass and Thames. The series was commissioned by BBC Three Controller Damian Kavanagh. Laura Woolf is the series producer. The executive producers are James Cooper and Kat Hebden for Shotglass, and Phil Harris for Thames.
“I’m delighted with the transformation of Eating with My Ex into a long-form commission and the incredible journey it has taken speaks to the flexibility of form that BBC Three affords”, said BBC Three Controller Damian Kavanagh. “We’re really excited it has been developed into a 10-part series which I’m sure audiences will love.”
“I’m really excited for the long-form version of Eating with My Ex. It worked as bite sized chunks but you really wanted to hear a bit more”, commented Kalpna Patel-Knight, Entertainment Commissioner at the BBC. “The long-form will give you more insight into the relationship and what their family and friends think. It promises to be heart-warming, explosive and fun.”
While Kat Hebden, Managing Director of Shotglass and Executive Producer, added: “We are delighted to be growing this show into a long-form series. It’s a fantastically revealing format, already a huge success with younger audiences and clearly demonstrates the potential success of the short form to long form model.”