next House show: singles will search for love in Jane Austen’s time.

next House show: singles will search for love in Jane Austen’s time.
The UK’s Channel 4 is planning a new historical immersion reality TV show that will place participants in 1811, the Regency period of English history that was captured in Jane Austen’s novels and populated by people including Lord Byron and Napoleon. In an apparent departure from Manor House, which is now airing on PBS and was known as Edwardian Country House in the UK, the show will primarily be open to unattached singles under 35 who will spend three months this summer “looking for the perfect partner in a sumptuous 18th century stately home.” Applications are being accepted for gentlemen and ladies, and for chaperones who will accompany the women. The show is also looking for a dandy. No word on an airdate or whether or not the show will also air on PBS.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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