Channel 4 announces social experiment TV show exploring open relationships

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Channel 4 has announced a brand new social experiment TV series exploring open relationships.

Provisionally titled Open, the show is described as "a bold new social experiment exploring whether relationships can thrive without monogamy".


Made by Firecracker Films, the series will follow a group of currently monogamous couples as they explore for the first time whether they would be happier in an open relationship.

Channel 4 explain: "Though still largely taboo, the question of whether or not humans are truly suited for monogamy is a universal preoccupation which continues to divide opinion, not only among scientists, but among the public at large.

"But what are the implications of renouncing monogamy? Assisted by sex therapists and relationship coaches, the couples will embark on a series of intimate challenges to road-test if the idea of having sex with other people is at odds with maintaining a committed relationship."

Channel 4 Commissioning Editor Tim Hancock said: “This provocative new series confronts a profound and unsettling question that is rarely asked openly – but with the insight, warmth and sensitivity of the best factual entertainment formats.”

Executive producer Jes Wilkins added: “I’m delighted to be in at the start of C4’s Global Format Fund journey with a new series that has so many of the provocative and purposeful hallmarks of successful shows that Firecracker have made for Channel 4 in the past”

The series will air across six episodes with further details to be announced.

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