Jonathan Ross, James Corden, Alan Carr and Jimmy Carr to join Dermot O'Leary on 'The Marriage Ref'

Jonathan Ross

Comics include Jonathan Ross, James Corden, Geri Halliwell, Alan Carr, Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican and Micky Flanagan will all appear as panellists on ITV1’s new Dermot O'Leary hosted Saturday night entertainment show, The Marriage Ref, ITV has confirmed today.

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.

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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.

Dermot O’Leary, the show’s host, says, “I’ll encourage the panel to keep it warm and friendly, fat chance! And I will definitely try to remain impartial, but I can’t promise… We have great panellists taking part, they’ll all bring something special.”

Top ITV1 boss Claire Zolkwer said: “We are absolutely delighted to have so many great celebrities and comedians on our panel. Each week there will be three people commenting on the disputes, with Dermot as host. The panellists we’ve chosen are certainly not backward in coming forward, so there’s bound to be some lively debates on subjects we can all relate to.”

The Marriage Ref is already an international hit and has been produced in major territories including the US, Russia, Argentina, China and the Middle East. Zeppotron will produce the format in the UK and Endemol is the exclusive distributor of The Marriage Ref format across all platforms outside of the USA.

Disagreements that will be discussed on the show include a man who complains that his wife loves the cat more than him, and is also convinced that the cat has it in for him, plus a woman who wants her husband to give up his skateboarding hobby and grow up. Each partner will have the chance to put their side of the dispute across before the panel made up of three celebrities and comedians. 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.

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