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Married At First Sight Australia returns for series six

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Married At First Sight Australia will be back to help beat the January blues and follow a new batch of strangers as they make a lifelong commitment to each other in the hope of finding love. 

This summer, the Australian series was the most watched show on All 4, and series six promises to be even more dramatic than before. 

This series will also see the boys will enjoy a bucks night and the girls a hen night, which will lead to some eye-opening revelations.

Married At First Sight UK is returning with a brand new makeover

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The new UK series will introduce a new group of singletons looking for love and their happy-ever-after but with a complete stranger. 

Similar to the Australian version, the couples will not be bound by legal marriages but instead will make lifelong commitments to one another in a wedding-like ceremony, in front of their friends and family, complete with dancing, speeches and cake. 

The real test will come after the celebrations are over and the couples must navigate their new relationship, going on a luxury honeymoon and then moving in with each other.

An RTS panel looks at the success of reality television

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! (Credit: ITV)

Reality TV is arguably bigger than ever. The term was first coined in the 1990s, as producers turned unscripted “real-life” situations into com­pulsive viewing with shows such as Survivor and Big Brother. More than 25 years later, the genre is ubiquitous across linear and streamed TV.

Consider the channel-defining success of ITV’s Love Island, Netflix’s Too Hot To Handle or the huge popularity of the latest series of Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off.

Why We Love...Reality Television

Reality TV has pretty much always been around, even if it wasn’t called reality back then. In 1964, Granada Television launched its documentary Seven UP, charting the lives of 14 British children to adulthood, and ordinary people’s lives continued to provide subject matter for documentaries such as the BBC’s The Family (1974), Sylvanian Waters (1992) and Airport (1996), plus MTV’s long-running hit The Real World, launching in 1992.

E4 commissions Walk of Shame Shuttle

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Walk of Shame Shuttle will see daring party animals in need of a lift home reveal details of their most outrageous nights out during a confessional taxi ride. The open passengers will reveal their wildest stories to a cast of shuttle drivers Jay, Max and AJ, who act as personalised chauffeurs and agony aunts as they delve into their hilarious confessions and exploits without judgement.

Ed Stafford: self-shooting masterclass

In 2008, equipped with cameras from Ginger TV, Stafford left the Peruvian Andes to begin a 6,000-mile quest to walk the Amazon. Two and a half years later he reached the mouth of the river and, despite receiving just “half a day’s filming training on Streatham Common” before he started, Stafford had enough footage for a two-part series, Walking the Amazon, which was shown on Channel 5 and Discovery in 2011.