- Words Solly Warner
MTV has announced that a new Catfish series will be coming to the UK next month, hosted by Oobah Butler and Julie Adenuga.
The US reality TV series, which has been running since 2013, delves into the world of online dating and the lies that come with it. It can be so easy to build a seemingly real relationship with someone you’ve never met. But people aren’t always who they say they are…
The series will be hosted by former Apple Music presenter and ‘Don’t Trust The Internet’ creator, Julie Adenuga, and journalist, author and creator of one of the most infamous YouTube videos in recent memory, ‘How to Become TripAdvisor’s #1 Fake Restaurant’, Oobah Butler. Catfish UK will air four hour-long episodes in April, with a further six due to be released later this year. Each week, the duo will help piece together the puzzle of love-struck hopefuls and determine fact from faction.
“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,” states MTV.
Adenuga says, “The show is about vulnerability, empathy and drama. Rule number one: expect the un-expected.” Butler also adds, “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.”