Divorcing couples will compete for the contents of their marital homes in a game show set to hit televisions screens in Europe, producers said on Friday.
Instead of appearing in court to decide who keeps what after the separation, husbands and wives will go to a studio to sort the matter out as thousands of people watch at home.Rob Brown, a spokesman for Manchester, northern England, game show company Action Time said the first shows could be screened early next year in Britain and Italy.
In each show, probably lasting 30 minutes, a divorcing man and woman will face questions about their relationship and their knowledge of each other. The one who provides the better answers secures a more favorable divorce settlement.
"I hope it will be relatively amicable, but I imagine there will be a certain amount of conflict," said Brown.
Action Time believes couples will be eager to appear on the show because it will provide a cheaper and easier method of dividing up marital goods than often costly and time-consuming court proceedings.
"Every time we have made a show which has called for people to appear we have wondered whether we would get the volunteers, but we have always been overwhelmed by applicants," Brown said.
The company has already sold the format for the show to an Italian TV company and talks with a British broadcaster are at an advanced stage, he said. He declined to elaborate.
The program, tentatively titled "Divorce Me," will provide a contrast on British television with one of the most popular current game shows, "Blind Date."
The show, which aims to bring together men and women who have never met before in the hope that they will "hit it off', has already resulted in wedding bells.