Dermot O'Leary confirmed to be hosting new ITV1 show 'The Marriage Ref'

Dermot O'Leary

ITV has commissioned a brand new comedy panel series, The Marriage Ref, to be hosted by Dermot O’Leary. We've talked about the show here before at TellyMix, reporting last month that X Factor Dermot is set to be paid £250,000 for the role.

Marriage and relationships will take centre stage in the "revealing and funny" new Saturday night entertainment show, based on the US format. Everyday disputes between real-life couples are revealed, examined and ultimately judged by the show's panel and Dermot.

Each week the hunky telly presenter will welcome a number of real life couples onto the show who have an ongoing argument. These marital tiffs will run the gamut of disagreements - quirky, funny, and eminently recognisable.


Each partner will have the chance to put their side of the dispute across before a panel of celebrities and comedians who will have the final say in determining the victor of each spat. The panellists will offer their own wit, wisdom and unique opinions on the problem, discussing the merits of each side before voting on who they think is correct.

ITV's Commissioning Editor Claire Zolkwer say: "The Marriage Ref takes a close look at every day disagreements faced by couples – something we can all relate to and laugh with. It’s an entertaining format and Dermot O’Leary will make a great host, not only giving his opinion but also leading the debate amongst the panel.”

Annabel Jones, Managing Director at Zeppotron added: “This show promises to be filled with comedy moments - marriage and relationships can be unpredictable and hilarious. Dermot is a fantastic host with wide appeal and we’ll be bringing some of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment to the panel. We’re extremely proud to be making a series that was originally conceived by the comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld.”

The show will air for an initial run of seven episodes this summer