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Davina McCall says new dating show My Mum, Your Dad is not 'middle-aged' Love Island

Mia Williams

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Davina McCall says new dating show My Mum, Your Dad is not 'middle-aged' Love Island

Davina McCall has announced that her new ITV dating show is not the ‘middle-aged’ Love Island that fans were hoping for.

After months of hype around the new programme coming to the channel, My Mum, Your Dad is finally set to hit our screens next week.

The concept, although initially branded similar to Love Island, is actually nothing like the reality show, apart from the fact people date!



The 10-episode series sees a group of single parents move into a luxury mansion in the hopes of finding a partner.

The twist is that all of the parents have been nominated by their adult kids, who will be watching everything from a secret ‘bunker’.

The parents have absolutely no idea that their kids are watching them on their journey to finding love, and might also get involved with a bit of match-making.

In ITV’s statement about the show, it said it will feature: “Humorous moments to heartwarming confessions, the kids will see their parents in a whole new light as they are presented with opportunities to select who they’ll be matched with on one-to-one dates, and who may join the family celebrations for years to come.”


Differing from Love Island, there will be no evictions from the show, however some people will leave the retreat and potentially new people will arrive.

And the decision on who stays or goes, is all in the hands of the grown-up kids.

Davina McCall hosts My Mum, Your Dad. Credit: ITV
Davina McCall hosts My Mum, Your Dad. Credit: ITV

Host of the show McCall said: “They can see that their mum or dad hasn’t made a connection and eventually their grown-up kid says, ‘Okay, I think it’s time for them to leave.


“They’re not getting anything from this anymore.

“I want them to come home where they can start using what they’ve learnt to date a bit closer to home'.”

Explaining how the show is different to the island of love, McCall added: “The music, the setting, the grown-up kids being involved in their parents’ love lives, it’s very different.

“Once viewers see the show, they’ll see how different it is.


Love Island is great, I watch it with my kids, but this is a totally different show and there is room for both.”

However, the famous host has admitted that there will be moments when the children will be 'absolutely mortified', while reassuring viewers that there will be no cameras in the bedrooms… phew!

The first episode of My Mum, Your Dad will air on ITV1 and ITVX at 9pm on 11 September. The series will run on consecutive weeknights for two weeks.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Love Island, TV and Film, ITV

Mia Williams
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