Channel 5 planning 'explosive new reality series' from Love Island makers

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Channel 5 are reportedly set to launch an 'explosive new reality series' with the makers of Love Island.

Following a pilot episode earlier this year, the channel has apparently ordered a full series of 'The New Wife'.

The format, which will be produced by ITV Studios who make Love Island, sees divorcees move back in with their ex - and their new partners.

The show was first commissioned in 2016 and has been billed as a 'social experiment'.

"We’ve seen every dating, house-swap and wife-swap show under the sun in the last decade but this new series is Channel 5’s most explosive yet," a source told The Sun newspaper of the full series. “The premise of two divorcees and one new spouse living under one roof proved a ratings hit so it was a no-brainer to bring it back.

“The pilot saw how throwing the original couple’s children into the mix, plus a new wife with their own parenting ideas, created chaos — and this is only going to be escalated in the new series.”

It's expected the full series will begin to air in 2019.

Deadline reports that Channel 5’s Director of Programmes Ben Frow previously described the show's format as “brave and exciting", but admitted casting had been difficult.

He added at the time: “We all want the holy grail of a show like Wife Swap, which brings viewers in year after year."

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