Meet The Parents. Image shows from L to R: Mum (Jane Cunliffe), Brother (Scott Hazell), Alex Zane, Sister (Aisling Jarrett-Gavin), Dad (Richard Brimblecombe). Copyright: Objective Productions
Meet The Parents

Meet The Parents

  • TV comedy
  • E4
  • 2010 - 2012
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Comedy/reality show in which a boyfriend has to survive an evening with his girlfriend's family - who, unbeknownst to him, are played by actors. Stars Alex Zane, Dominic Coleman, Charlotte Palmer, Ben Clark, Jessica Knappett and more.

Key details

Genre
Comedy
Broadcast
2010 - 2012
Channels
E4
Episodes
12 (2 series)
Creator
Lee Hupfield
Stars
Alex Zane, Dominic Coleman, Charlotte Palmer, Ben Clark, Jessica Knappett, Richard Brimblecombe, Jane Cunliffe, Scott Hazell and more
Writers
Lee Hupfield, Rachel Springett, Tim Allsop, Giles Boden, Susannah Haley, Ed Hall, Ben Jessop, Andy Rowan and more
Directors
Paul Young and Peter Orton
Producers
Ben Jessop, Rachel Springett, Laura Clark, Lee Hupfield and Andrew Newman
Companies

One couple, one challenge: for a boyfriend to last the entire evening at his girlfriend's parents' house, as he Meets The Parents.

Unbeknown to the boyfriend, there are 30 hidden cameras watching his every move and everyone at the house is an actor doing their upmost to make the evening as uncomfortable as possible.

Characters include a father who is an ex-army type and uncomfortably tactile with his daughter; the mother who has the face of a 50-year-old and the body of a surgically enhanced 20-year-old; the brother, who keeps a pet cemetery in the garden and dead animals in his bedroom; as well as a very attractive sister; a handsome ex-boyfriend; and a man-hating aunt. Each episode has a different set of characters, although the cast remains the same. All these characters are prepared do their upmost to make the evening as uncomfortable as possible.

For the most-part the show is scripted; however the cast do improvise, depending on how certain situations play out.

In Series 2 the format was changed, with Alex Zane presenting from a studio. Zane talks to the victim about his ordeal, and they watch back clips together.

Additional details

Production
Studio
Picture
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 18th November 2010 at 9:30pm on E4
Most recent repeats

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