My New Best Friend
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|My New Best Friend|
|Genre||Hidden camera Comedy Game show|
|Presented by||Marc Wootton|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Running time||30 minutes (inc. adverts)|
|Production company(s)||Tiger Aspect Productions|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Original release||8 August– 12 September 2003|
The idea was a hidden camera show where a member of the public would enter into an agreement to be filmed for a whole weekend with the task of convincing their friends and family that a character being played by Marc Wootton was their new best friend. Their reward was a prize of £10,000. What made the game difficult was Marc's character constantly embarrassing them in front of their family and friends to extreme levels, but they had to agree and go along with everything he said. Marc Wootton's characters were chosen for different episodes to make them as different from the contestant as possible to make it difficult for their friends and family to be convinced.
Once they have made it through the weekend the cameras capture the moment where Marc gives them the money and leaves the scene. The contestant is left to explain to their friends and family that the whole situation was a TV game show to win £10,000.
The series is available as a bonus third disk for the DVD release of High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman, also starring Marc Wootton.
In the German adaption of the show, "Mein neuer Freund", former MTV-VJ Christian Ulmen plays Marc Wootton's part. Some of the characters played by Ulmen are exactly the same as in "My new best friend":
- "Veith" ("Stevie")
- "Jürgen" ("Gary")
- "Marcel" ("Simon")
- "Alexander von Eich" ("Sasha")
Other characters are:
- "Uwe", a childish nerd with lots of allergies, similar to "Daniel"
- "Martina", who used to be "Martin" in his earlier life. The male candidate has to tell his friends and family, that Martina has been his best buddy in old school days and that he fell in love with him/her, after Martin turned into Martina
- "Collin", an American-German schizo freak who constantly wants to contact aliens
- "Ecke", a pot smoking good-for-nothing
- "Knut", a singer-songwriter-entertainer-painter (who really has no idea of any of these things), hates to wash himself and loves corny jokes
The audience ratings were low so "ProSieben" (the TV station) dropped the show after having broadcast only one episode. But a devoted fan community emerging from the internet addressed a petition in order to bring "Mein neuer Freund" back on the screen - and succeeded. It was the first time in German TV that such a thing happened.
My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, a similar show