The world of modern dating can be tricky at the best of times, not least because so much of it is based online these days - especially after the pandemic struck, meaning IRL romancing had to go on hiatus.
But if you're finding you have concerns about someone you've met online, these days you're able to turn to the folk at Catfish, the hit MTV series that first aired in 2012, which helps people unearth the true identity of the person they've been courting.
The show came about after host Nev Schulman was catfished himself, exposing his story to the world in his 2010 indie film of the same name.
This then rolled out into the series, where he's joined by co-presenter Max Joseph to help others find out whether or not their online love is who they say they are - or even real at all.
And now the show's returning with a brand new series, this time landing in the UK to help Brits with their dating dramas.
A UK version was previously in the works, but was scrapped and never made it to screens, meaning this will be the first time Catfish has hopped across the pond.
MTV has said it's on the lookout for people to appear in the forthcoming episodes, with an ad posted on the Catfish UK Twitter account saying: "Catfish UK is casting now!
"Have you ever matched with someone online? But you've never met them in person? Do you want our help to reveal their true identity?
"If so, then we can help!"
Calling all Catfish UK fans... pic.twitter.com/PCWQ8I1Rp4
- Catfish UK (@MTVCatfishUK) October 2, 2020
We don't yet know who'll be hosting the UK version of the show, or indeed whether Nev and Max might jet overseas, or even provide their expert help via video link.
However, one thing we do know is that the UK spin-off has firm foundations from its American equivalent, meaning we're likely to be in for a compelling ride.
Viacom Studios UK, the show's UK production company, put out a plea for contestants on the show, saying in a statement: "Whether you want to finally meet your online love or friend face-to-face, have something to confess or simply want to get to the bottom of why they always cancel dates, MTV's Catfish UK would love to hear from you."
The only pre-requisite for taking part is that you're aged 18 or older, and are obviously happy to air your dirty laundry on screen (yep, sexts and all) for everybody to see.
You can find out more by contact the Catfish Casting Team on 07743 001261, email [email protected] or fill in their short application form here.
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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Dating, MTV