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MTV's Catfish UK Makes Its Debut This Week

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MTV's Catfish UK Makes Its Debut This Week

Catfish UK is making its debut this week, with hosts Julie Adenuga and Oobah Butler ready to get to the bottom of all your dating dramas.

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Kicking off tomorrow evening (Wednesday 21 April), the show is a spin-off of the hugely popular US version, which exposes online dating lies by following the real-life relationships of people who have never met their partner in person.

While Nev Shulman and Kamie Crawford - hosts of the US show - have been a big part of the promotion and casting process of the new version, they will not be making the trip overseas to front the UK series.

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Instead, they've handed the honours over to former Apple Music Beats 1 presenter Julie Adenuga and author, journalist and filmmaker Oobah Bulter.

Speaking ahead of the show's premiere on Wednesday night, Adenuga said: "As someone who has spent the most part of my career in the bubble of music and entertainment, Catfish UK is my first chance to connect with people in a completely different way, which is really exciting for me.

"The show is about vulnerability, empathy... and drama. Rule #1 - expect the un-expected."

Butler added: "It's wild to me that the person who learned about the internet and deception by watching Catfish with his five brothers and sisters gets to be a part of its latest chapter.

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"We live in a moment where everybody's lives have moved online.

"I can't wait to travel around the country, meet people, and use the tools I've developed making documentaries, to help them and better understand what it is about society that drives people to feel so inadequate that they cannot be themselves."

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MTV said: "The dynamic duo will journey to uncover the truth behind each online relationship, helping love-struck hopefuls who are emotionally entangled with someone they have never met in real life and facilitating face-to-face meetings, with results that will shock even the most experienced social-media sleuths.

"During the last year, the UK has seen a rise in filters, finstagrams and faultless deep fakes. It's now becoming harder and harder to tell if the person you are speaking to online is who they really say they are behind the keyboard.

"Each week, the Catfish UK team will help piece together the information at hand to reveal the reality behind their DMs. Helping our hopefuls uncover the truth, to finally know whether it's wedding bells or a web of lies."

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Catfish UK stars at 9pm on Wednesday 21 April on MTV UK.

Featured Image Credit: MTV

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Dating, catfish

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