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C4 orders international dating format from 2LE, Motion Content, Zeppelin

The UK’s Channel 4 has commissioned a new international dating series from London’s 2LE Media, WPP-owned Motion Content Group and Banijay Iberia-owned Zeppelin.

Davina McCall

The Language of Love (working title) will see a group of Brits and a group of Spaniards pairing up at a Spanish country estate to see if they can find romance, despite not speaking each other’s language. The 8×60′ show is due to air next year.

Set in a finca in Andalusia, the eight-part series will be hosted by Davina McCall alongside Spanish TV host, actor and singer Ricky Merino, who will be on hand to interpret how the couples’ relationships are developing.

Series producer is Sophie Alcock and the executive producers are Michael Livingston, Tom Thostrup and Georgina Hinds for 2LE Media, Martin Oxley for Motion Content Group, and Amparo Castellano and Salva Romero from Zeppelin. Banijay is exclusive distributor, holding global format and distribution rights.

“This is a truly fresh and entertaining dating experiment that throws up surprising cultural exchanges, hilarious linguistic mishaps and red-hot holiday romances all overseen by the original queen of reality, Davina, and her wonderful Spanish counterpart, Ricky,” said C4 head of entertainment and events Phil Harris.

Amparo Castellano, general director of Zeppelin, added: “We all know how powerful love and attraction is, and this new format takes the dating genre to the next level, truly exploring whether singletons can communicate when speaking different languages. We’re sure our international colleagues at Banijay will have success bringing this format to other markets around the world.”

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