Married At First Sight UK couples now – from Big Brother fame to surprise births

Don't worry if you’re mourning the Love Island- shaped hole in your telly viewing schedule – because Married At First Sight UK is back next week.

The 2019 Aussie version of the show became a surprise lockdown hit when it aired on E4 earlier this year, thanks to partner swaps, explosive arguments and dinner parties from hell.

Jessika Power, who was matched with Mick Gould, had an affair with Dan Webb – himself matched with Tamara Joy – and they were then allowed to continue the show as a couple. But it still didn’t work out.

Meanwhile, Sam Ball and Ines Basic also had a fling behind their partners’ backs. So can the homegrown version match the Down Under series?

Here the Daily Star gives you the all-you-need-to-know guide and looks back at some of the Brits to have tied the knot on screen.

Two singletons are matched using a combination of DNA and physical data, taking in relationship history, personalities and aspirations for life.

Then the couples meet for the first time at the altar for their commitment ceremony.

This series is the first where the twosomes are not legally married on day one.

And for this sixth run, there are seven straight pairs and one gay couple, who will all live in the same apartment building, giving plenty of opportunities for bed-swapping and dramatic antics.

Each week the couples meet the panel – dating expert Mel Schilling, who appeared on the Aussie version, Celebs Go Dating’s Paul C Brunson and sex and relationships therapist Charlene Douglas, to discuss if they want to carry on or split and leave the show.

There is a weekly dinner party, which is another twist from the Australian version after it brought wine-fuelled rages out between the contestants.

Ben Jardine and Stephanie Saint-Remy (series three)

Until now the British series has been relatively tame in comparison to the Aussies. The most controversial couple were Ben and Steph, who viewers were rooting for after they seemed to hit it off.

Unfortunately Ben’s roving eye caused their partnership to crumble and he cheated on her before their honeymoon. Steph learned they were over for good when he gave a radio interview. She then found out Ben was to become a dad with another woman after they had discussed family plans of their own.

Ben, 36, landed a slot on Celebrity Big Brother shortly after the revelations where he tried to hit it off with engaged Roxanne Pallett – all before his girlfriend on the outside had given birth.

Emma Rathbone and James Ord-Hume (series one)

The first UK MAFS couple saw things hit the skids 34 weeks after getting married when they decided they weren’t sexually attracted to each other.

Emma, 39, has since said the programme ruined her life as men are put off when they learn about her past. She’s considered fertility treatment after fearing her dream of being a mother now won’t come true.

Kate Stewart and Jason Knowles (series one)

Days after tying the knot on Married at First Sight Kate, 37, found out Jason, 40, was using dating apps because he decided they were not compatible.

As he logged onto Tinder she was clueless he didn’t fancy her and had no interest in trying to give things a go – the point of the whole experiment is to at least try.

Michelle and Owen Jenkins (series five)

So far the most heart-warming couple the show has produced. While her sister was not impressed, Michelle, 26, agreed to move from Sussex to Sheffield to make her relationship with Owen, 32, work.

They continue to go from strength to strength and fans can follow their dedicated Instagram page. They came across on camera as two genuine, nice people ­completely enamoured by each other – so fingers crossed it goes the distance.

Married At First Sight UK begins on E4, on Monday, at 9pm.

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