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Married At First Sight UK has returned to our screens with a new batch of singletons hoping to meet the loves of their lives at the altar – but is the show scripted?

The E4 series made a dramatic comeback last month with 12 contestants all putting their chance at romance in the hands of three relationship experts.

Love gurus Mel Schilling, Paul C. Brunson and *** therapist Charlene Douglas are hoping sparks will fly for all the right reasons after matching brand-new couples.

The bold social experiment sees single people marry total strangers, meeting them for the very first time when they swap vows in front of friends and family.

However, with things having already got off to a fiery start, some couples are definitely getting along better than others, which has led some fans to ask whether there is any part of the series that is scripted.

But here’s everything you need to know about whether the programme follows a script.

Pictured: Wedding of Chanita & Jordan

Chanita & Jordan are one of the happier couples so far (Picture: Simon Johns / CPL Productions)

Is Married At First Sight UK scripted?

Married At First Sight (MAFS) is billed by Channel 4 ‘an unscripted reality series’.

This means the programme is not scripted in any way, but the ‘marriages’ shown to viewers are not legally binding.

A spokesperson for the show previously told Metro.co.uk: ‘Following the Australian format, rather than legal marriages, the couples will make a lifelong commitment to one another at a glamorous ceremony, overseen by a wedding celebrant, that includes guests, bridal gowns, dancing, speeches and cake.’

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Some moments have been pretty dramatic, like Jess Potter threatening to go home (Picture: Channel 4)

Despite the UK version not being scripted, some of the participants on the Australian version have been vocal about their thoughts on this issue.

After his series of MAFS Australia aired in the UK, Sam Ball did admit that his affair with Ines Basic was fake, claiming show bosses set up their romance.

The contestant also claimed that newlyweds are given lines and prompted through ear pieces.

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Sam Ball has previously claimed his infamous affair was not real (Picture: Nine)

‘[The producers] tell you what to say, they stand there and ask you questions until you give them the answer they want,’ he said. ‘The Ines ***, I did what I was asked to do with all of that, I didn’t really care… I’ve acted before and it was a job for me. I was paid to be on the show just like everyone else.

‘The experts at the dinner parties and commitment ceremonies, they don’t talk to you they’re getting told things through an earpiece,’ Sam continued. ‘You can hear what’s getting said to them through an earpiece and they just regurgitate it out to you, so they’re just actors.’

Other contestants on the spin-off down under have backed Sam’s allegations of the programme being scripted.

Dean Wells, Davina Rankin and Nasser Sultan have all made similar accusations, but it’s not known if there is any truth behind these claims.

When is MAFS UK next on?


Pictured: L-R George, Kasia, Kwame, Duka, Lara, Whitney, Richie, April, Zoe, Jordan, Pjay, Jess, Adrian, Jenna, Chanita and Thomas.

L-R George, Kasia, Kwame, Duka, Lara, Whitney, Richie, April, Zoe, Jordan, Pjay, Jess, Adrian, Jenna, Chanita and Thomas from this year’s MAFS UK (Picture: Matt Monfredi / Channel 4)

Married At First Sight next airs tonight on E4 at 9 pm, with episodes airing on subsequent days up until Thursday evening. 

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MAFS UK is broadcast at the same time every evening, and episodes usually last around an hour.

The show does not air on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights.

Married At First Sight continues tonight at 9pm on E4.

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