ITV Commissions UK Version Of The Marriage Ref

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ITV has greenlit a local version of The Marriage Ref, the much-hyped US format fronted by comedian Jerry Seinfeld in its original incarnation on NBC. The UK version, to be produced by Endemol-owned Zeppotron, will be hosted by Dermot O'Leary, best-known as host of The X Factor.

The show features real-life couples who are in love but have something ridiculous that they argue about. The host (Seinfeld/O'Leary) and a panel of celebrities decide who's right in each domestic dispute - husband or wife.

ITV has ordered seven one-hour episodes from Zeppotron, which has also made hit panel shows such as Would I Lie To You? and 8 Out Of 10 Cats. ITV piloted The Marriage Ref in January with Jo Brand as host. However O'Leary’s experience in mainstream primetime makes him a safer bet. According to The Sun, O'Leary will be paid £250,000.

The seven episodes will be filmed in front of a live audience, and will appear as part of ITV's autumn/winter schedule.