MARRIED At First Sight UK is getting a huge format shake-up when it returns to screens in 2023.
The Sun can exclusively reveal that the controversial E4 show's third series will be the longest series ever – and there are several spin-offs in the works too.
After the reality smash broke ratings records for the channel, bosses have decided to extend the next run from six weeks to eight weeks.
A TV insider says: "Married At First Sight UK has been nothing short of a phenomenon for E4 over the last two years and producers are really keen to capitalise on that by giving viewers even more of what they want.
"The 2022 series ran for 30 episodes, but the 2023 run is likely to go for 40 episodes. With ten extra episodes, fans can expect plenty of new twists and format tweaks to make the show even more shocking and unpredictable."
This is the second time E4 have extended the number of episodes ordered for the series.
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The 2021 edition of the show, the first which followed the Australian-style format, ran for 21 episodes so that means the series will have doubled in size in two years.
The source continues: "MAFS has broken ratings records for E4 and was the most watched show on catch-up service All4 of 2022. There is no sign of it slowing down."
As well as a longer main series in 2023, bosses are also cooking up several spin-offs and specials to air next year too.
Our mole reveals: "Producers are really happy with the Christmas reunion special they recently filmed, which airs this weekend, so they want to do more of those, where they invite back memorable brides and grooms from previous series to see what they are up to now.
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"There are lots of concepts being worked on at the moment and it's still very early stages of discussions but expect to see various one-off shows next year which will really expand the MAFS brand.
"There has even been talk about a spin-off that would see some of those who were unlucky in love on past series returning for a second shot at love. Nothing has been cast or set in stone, but lots of ideas are being thrown around."
On Sunday December 11th, MAFS UK will air its eagerly anticipated Christmas reunion special at 9pm on E4.
The show reunites faces from the last two series.
This includes Nikita, Amy and Alexis from the 2021 cast and Thomas, Zoe, Jenna, Adrian, Thomas, Pjay, Chanita, Jordan, Duka and Jonathan from the 2022 line-up.
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