Channel 5 to film dating show at MediaCityUK

MediaCityUK will play host to a new dating show, which has just been announced by Channel 5.

Presented by Brian McFadden and Laura Jackson, Stand by Your Man will be produced by ITV Studios and GroupM Entertainment.

“I’m over the moon to host this show.  Dating should be a fun and exciting experience and I’m looking forward to creating some compatible matches, fingers crossed!” said McFadden.

In the series, 4 male contestants will compete to win a date with one of 40 girls from the studio audience. There will be various rounds of challenges, with the aim of revealing more about themselves and influencing the girls’ decisions.

“This is a space GME has always been very interested in, so when Channel 5 approached us last year we jumped at the chance to find a new dating series. The result is that ITVS have created a format that shines a very fresh light on what makes a girl choose a boyfriend,” added Tony Moulsdale, head of programming at GroupM Entertainment.

McFadden found fame as part of Westlife and has since gone on to be a judge on Australia’s Got Talent as well as guest presenting on ITV’s Daybreak as its entertainment correspondent.

Jackson, meanwhile has hosted Celebrity Super Spa and been a reporter for Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side. More recently she’s been presenting Scrambled for ITV.

“I’m delighted that Brian and Laura will be jointly hosting this brand new series.  Brian’s cheeky Irish charm and wit will be a winner with viewers.  Laura has proved herself as a rising star and she and Brian have a unique on-screen chemistry together.  They’re the perfect match for a dating format that changes by the minute,” added Greg Barnett, commissioning editor: entertainment, daytime & soaps at Channel 5.

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