Four Weddings

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Four Weddings
Also known as Party Wars (2010)
Genre Lifestyle, Reality
Created by Elliot Johnson
Amanda Wilson
Danny Carvalho
Jonny Coller
Peter Faherty
Voices of Steve 'Sparky' Parker
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4 (Four Weddings)
1 (Party Wars)
No. of episodes 54 (Four Weddings)
9 (Party Wars)
Production
Running time 60mins (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) ITV Studios (2009-11)
Potato (2013)
Distributor ITV Studios
Release
Original network Sky Living
Picture format 16:9 576i
Original release 6 July 2009 (2009-07-06) – 19 September 2013 (2013-09-19)

Four Weddings is a British reality television series that premiered on Sky Living, on 6 July 2009. It has become popular enough to have inspired the creations of versions in other countries, including the United States.

Format[edit]

The programme follows a similar style to Come Dine with Me, and involves four brides, or four grooms, attending each other's weddings and rating them on:

  • Dress (out of 10)
  • Venue (out of 10)
  • Food (out of 10)
  • Overall Experience (out of 10)

At the end of the show, the four brides or grooms discover which of the couples has won a luxury honeymoon. Viewers can also play online in the "Online wedding rater" and rate the weddings as they are shown for comparison with the rest of the public.

Transmissions[edit]

Four Weddings[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 6 July 2009 7 September 2009 10
2 29 March 2010 28 June 2010 13
3 9 November 2010 7 June 2011 18
4 27 June 2013 19 September 2013 13

Party Wars[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes Notes
Pilot 17 May 2010 1 as Four 21st Birthday Parties
1 18 October 2010 6 December 2010 8

Ratings[edit]

Episode Viewing figures from BARB.[1]

Four Weddings, Series 1[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers Living Weekly Ranking
1
6 July 2009
412,000
1
2
13 July 2009
342,000
3
3
20 July 2009
4
27 July 2009
373,000
2
5
3 August 2009
443,000
1
6
10 August 2009
374,000
2
7
17 August 2009
372,000
2
8
24 August 2009
431,000
2
9
31 August 2009
395,000
2
10
7 September 2009
523,000
1

Four Weddings, Series 2[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers Living Weekly Ranking
1
29 March 2010
357,000
6
2
5 April 2010
391,000
4
3
12 April 2010
458,000
4
4
19 April 2010
412,000
5
5
26 April 2010
366,000
6
6
3 May 2010
478,000
1
7
10 May 2010
378,000
3
8
24 May 2010
273,000
5
9
31 May 2010
329,000
6
10
7 June 2010
345,000
5
11
14 June 2010
391,000
1
12
21 June 2010
399,000
2
13
28 June 2010
525,000
1

Party Wars[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers Living Weekly Ranking
Pilot
17 May 2010
189,000
6
1
18 October 2010
203,000
9
2
25 October 2010
Under 162,000
Outside Top 10
3
1 November 2010
Under 135,000
Outside Top 10
4
8 November 2010
Under 169,000
Outside Top 10
5
15 November 2010
201,000
7
6
22 November 2010
Under 133,000
Outside Top 10
7
29 November 2010
Under 114,000
Outside Top 10
8
6 December 2010
137,000
7

Four Weddings, Series 3[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers (Sky) Living Weekly Ranking
1
9 November 2010
185,000
8
2
16 November 2010
163,000
10
3
23 November 2010
155,000
7
4
30 November 2010
120,000
8
5
7 December 2010
177,000
5
6
14 December 2010
245,000
4
7
21 December 2010
163,000
4
8
28 March 2011
Under 188,000
Outside Top 10
9
4 April 2011
300,000
6
10
11 April 2011
246,000
6
11
18 April 2011
187,000
10
12
25 April 2011
204,000
7
13
2 May 2011
269,000
6
14
9 May 2011
161,000
10
15
16 May 2011
Under 180,000
Outside Top 10
16
23 May 2011
174,000
9
17
30 May 2011
Under 161,000
Outside Top 10
18
7 June 2011
Under 181,000
Outside Top 10

Four Weddings, Series 4[edit]

Episode No. Airdate Total Viewers Sky Living Weekly
1
27 June 2013
144,000
5
2
4 July 2013
Under 112,000
Outside Top 10
3
11 July 2013
123,000
7
4
18 July 2013
118,000
8
5
25 July 2013
196,000
5
6
1 August 2013
170,000
6
7
8 August 2013
179,000
5
8
15 August 2013
154,000
6
9
22 August 2013
118,000
10
10
29 August 2013
147,000
7
11
5 September 2013
122,000
8
12
12 September 2013
136,000
8
13
19 September 2013
153,000
5

International versions[edit]

As noted above, Four Weddings, owing to its popularity, has led to the creations of versions in other countries, including the United States, to wit:

Region/Country Local title Network Premiere Year
 Australia Four Weddings Seven Network 2010
 Canada Four Weddings Slice Network 2012
 Finland Neljät häät Nelonen 2011
 France 4 Mariages pour 1 Lune de Miel TF1 2011
 Germany 4 Hochzeiten und eine Traumreise VOX 2012
 Italy Quattro matrimoni in Italia Fox Life 2014
 Romania 4 nunţi şi o provocare Pro TV 2013
 United States Four Weddings TLC 2010

The American version, it should be remarked, does NOT feature four grooms, only four brides.

Controversies[edit]

Some commentators have suggested that the programme may be, or is, perpetuating class privilege, in that the highest scores are typically awarded for those weddings that cost the most. An informal study demonstrated that the highest scores correlated with the most expensive weddings and that, as a consequence, the rich were getting richer. Four Weddings has not commented on the issue.

In addition, some have criticized the show for an episode where the bride was a Pakistani American (thus having a wedding that had strong Pakistani themes, for example, Pakistani-style food, traditional Pakistani clothing for the bride and her party, etc.), but was constantly referred to as being "Indian." The obvious differences between the two cultures, and the fact that they were being confused, took some viewers aback.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.barb.co.uk/
  2. ^ Jameson, Deirdre. "Four Weddings". USA Today Life Section. Retrieved 21 December 2011. 

External links[edit]