Executive Produced for Sky by Jamie Robert, The Villa took four men and four women, computer-matched for compatibility, and flew them from the United Kingdom and Ireland to an exotic Spanish villa for a week of fun and activities in and around the Costa Del Sol. Cameras would follow the players around all week in Big Brother style, to see if the computer matched the right couples or if it was wrong.
Voiced by Mark Little, the show featured student age participants, so involved a lot of snogging, fumbling, drinking and Brits behaving badly. The "players" were typically easy on the eye, and spent the week teasing each other but rarely actually hooking up for the cameras.
At the end of the week, the computer's matches are revealed to see if the couples paired off the way it predicted.
For Series Four, in what became the final 12 shows in the series, the format changed. Nine contestants were taken to the Villa, but only six stayed for the week. This series was voiced over by Chris Moyles, and set in Ibiza .
In 2011 a Dutch production of The Villa was broadcast on RTL 5. Original eight episodes of De Villa were scheduled but one episode was withdrawn because one of the contestants appeared to be a convicted murderer. The show was recorded in Lloret de Mar. Following De Villa six episodes of New Chicks: Brabantse Nachten op Curaçao were broadcast by RTL 5. This show was based on the fourth season of British The Villa and was hosted by Nikkie Plessen and recorded on Curaçao. The original British series aired earlier on Dutch television.
- RTL schrapt uitzending De Villa door moordenaar, Nu.nl, 15 September 2011