Channel 4 launches marriage experiment

Channel 4 is launching a new show 'Married at First Sight', where couples who are paired together scientific and sociological criteria will wed after meeting each other for the first time

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Channel 4 is launching a new show where couples will marry after meeting for the first time.

The programme, titled 'Married at First Sight', is based on a Danish series of the same name and will explore whether or not science can help people determine who 'the one' is.

A statement on the Channel 4 website reads: "The vast majority of us are brought up to assume that love is something that just happens, but there are now 15.7 million single adults in the UK and marriage is at an all-time low (2011 census, office of national stats). Have marriage and monogamy had their day. Have we forgotten how to fall in love? Is it really possible to 'choose' to fall in love?"

The couples are chosen from a pool of 200 people, who are paired together with the help of scientific and sociological criteria.

A panel of experts who can analyse psychology, psychotherapy, social and evolutionary anthropology and theology will also be involved to determine whether they're well suited.

'Married at First Sight' will follow the couples for the first six weeks of their marriage but at the end of the filming period the couples have to decide whether or not they really want to be committed to one another forever.

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