Clearly resonating with young audiences and reflecting the diversity of Britain’s young people in terms of sexuality, ethnicity and class, the short-form series found huge success on BBC Three, iPlayer and across social platforms, racking up nearly 20 million views
Originally commissioned as 10×7′ bite-sized chunks, the new series will see the episodes extend to 30 minutes and will include a celebrity special. Some want an apology, some want a reunion, others just want closure, whatever the outcome the format is incredibly moreish with the majority of the audience binge watching the entire short form series in one go.
Alongside the often awkward and revealing questions being served up, exciting new ingredients have been added to ensure that Eating with My Ex delivers plenty more heart-warming, funny and authentic encounters.
Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three, says: “I’m delighted with the transformation of Eating with My Ex into a long-form commission and the incredible journey it has taken speaks to the flexibility of form that BBC Three affords. We’re really excited it has been developed into a 10-part series which I’m sure audiences will love.”
Kalpna Patel-Knight, Entertainment Commissioner at the BBC, says: “I’m really excited for the long-form version of Eating with My Ex. It worked as bite sized chunks but you really wanted to hear a bit more. The long-form will give you more insight into the relationship and what their family and friends think. It promises to be heart-warming, explosive and fun.”
Kat Hebden, Managing Director of Shotglass and Executive Producer, says: “We are delighted to be growing this show into a long-form series. It’s a fantastically revealing format, already a huge success with younger audiences and clearly demonstrates the potential success of the short form to long form model.”
Phil Harris, Creative Director of Thames and Executive Producer, says: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Shotglass, bringing the huge scale production values of Thames to transform this award winning short form into a returning long-form brand.”
Eating with My Ex is a 10×30’ part series produced by Shotglass /Thames (part of FremantleMedia UK) for BBC Three with James Cooper and Kat Hebden Executive Producing for Shotglass, Phil Harris Executive Producing for Thames and Laura Woolf Series Producing. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three.