Don't Tell the Bride

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Don't Tell the Bride
Created by Jon Rowlands
Narrated by Ruth Jones (series 1)
Rebekah Staton (series 2–present)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 8
No. of episodes 83 (series)
21 (specials)
Production
Location(s) Various
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Renegade Pictures (part of Shed Media)
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Three (2007–15)
BBC One (2015)
Picture format 16:9 576i (SDTV)
Original run 8 November 2007 (2007-11-08) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Don't Tell The Bride is a British reality TV series aired on BBC Three since 8 November 2007. It is also aired on BBC America in the United States and The LifeStyle Channel in Australia. In 2015, the show will move to BBC One due to the closure of BBC Three as a TV channel.[1]

As of November 2014, eight series of the show have aired, and the BBC1 spinoff was filmed during 2014, for airing in 2015.[2] In February 2012, it was announced that the show had been nominated for a Rose d'Or award for best 'Factual Entertainment' show.[3]

Format[edit]

The show's format consists of a couple who are given £12,000 to spend on their wedding. However, they must spend three weeks apart without contact, and the bridegroom must organise every aspect of the event and attire, including the wedding dress, as well as the hen and stag parties, surprising the bride.[4]

Although the series mostly features heterosexual couples, one episode broadcast in October 2010 featured a gay couple and another in November 2011 featured a lesbian couple, both preparing for their civil partnership.[5]

Reception[edit]

Transmissions[edit]

UK series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 8 November 2007 20 December 2007 6
2 26 August 2008 30 September 2008 6
3 1 September 2009 10 November 2009 11
4 17 August 2010 2 November 2010 12
5 6 September 2011 29 November 2011 12
6 14 August 2012 30 October 2012 12
7 20 August 2013 5 November 2013 12
8 5 August 2014 21 October 2014 12
9 2015 2015 6

Specials[edit]

Title Air date Host
Let it Snow 22 December 2014
Christmas on the Slopes 19 December 2013 Rebekah Staton
Christmas on Ice 18 December 2012 N/A
Christmas Revenge 2012 11 December 2012
Goes Global 6 November 2012 Ellie Taylor
Best Ever 14 August 2012 Scott Mills
Greatest Moments Countdown 15 April–13 June 2012 Cherry Healey
Mother's Day 13 March 2012 N/A
Valentine's 13 February 2012
Don't Tell the Bride-to-be: The Proposals 13 February 2012
Christmas in Wonderland 20 December 2011
Christmas Revenge 13 December 2011
Live: Royal Wedding Special 29 April 2011 Cherry Healey
Greatest Moments 2011 28 April 2011
Greatest Moments 2010 23 November 2010 Patsy Palmer
The Brides' Revenge 21 April 2010 N/A

International versions[edit]

Internationally, the series has attracted a strong following, with broadcast deals spanning 120 territories.

As of 2012, twelve locally produced versions have aired around the world. They are: Australia, Denmark (TV 2, 2009–), Finland (Liv), Greece & Cyprus (ANT1, 2011), Germany (RTL II, 2011–), Ireland (RTÉ, 2010–), Italy (Lei), Norway (TLC Norway), Poland (TLC Poland, 2011), Sweden (TV4), Turkey and United States. Various clips from some versions were shown in the 'Goes Global' special in 2012.

The UK version has also been picked up by Russian broadcaster TLC, Vivolta in France, NHK in Japan and RTL Nederland in the Netherlands, who has secured an option to produce a local version of the format.[6]

An Irish version of the show airs on RTE Two since 2010.[7] A two episode Irish special, in which the couple's budget was 10,000, was first broadcast in May 2011 on RTÉ.[8] A full series was aired in 2012.[9] The Irish version also airs on Living in New Zealand and on Really in the UK.[10]

In October 2011, the first series of the US version of Don't Tell The Bride was shown on OWN. In this version, the groom is given USD $25,000 to spend.[11] In 2013, the series is being produced by Shed Media US for the USA Network. Shed media conducted casting for the series between 14 June 2013 through 19 July 2013.[12]

On 21 August 2012, an Australian version of Don't Tell the Bride began airing on Network Ten. Kate Ritchie was the narrator.[13] In this version, the groom is given A$25,000 to organise the entire wedding. It was cancelled after one season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-12-15/dont-tell-the-bride-divorces-bbc3-to-marry-bbc1
  2. ^ "Be on a show - Don't Tell the Bride". BBC. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Life's Too Short up for Rose d'Or award". BBC News. 28 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Frost, Vicky (24 September 2010). "Weddings and TV: a happy union?". The Guardian (London). 
  5. ^ "Episode guide". BBC Three. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Michael Rosser (24 February 2011). "Don’t Tell the Bride to be remade for German TV". Broadcast. Retrieved 28 Dec 2012. 
  7. ^ "Don't Tell the Bride". RTÉ News. 
  8. ^ McBride, Caitlin (21 September 2010). "€10k gift for a dream wedding? Well, there's a hitch". Evening Herald. 
  9. ^ "Don't Tell the Bride back tonight". RTÉ Ten. 26 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Local brides visit Europe | News". C21Media. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Don't Tell the Bride - OWN TV". Oprah.com. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Shed Media US Casting - Don't Tell the Bride". Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  13. ^ Kate Ritchie narrates Don’t Tell The Bride for TEN tvtonight.au, 19 July 2012

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