E! Entertainment Television has commissioned its first original series out of the U.K. and Ireland with groundbreaking bisexual reality dating show “The Bi Life.” The 10-part series, produced by E! parent NBCUniversal International Networks’ London-based production outfit Monkey, will be the first U.K. broadcast series to focus exclusively on bisexual dating.
Set against the backdrop of Barcelona, “The Bi Life” will be hosted by Aussie Shane Jenek, better known as Rupaul’s Drag Race Star Courtney Act. The Australian entertainer won Channel 5’s “Celebrity Big Brother UK” in early 2018. It will see a group of bisexual, pansexual, fluid or questioning British singles live together and help each other navigate dating as they observe and give feedback on each other’s experiences.
“It’s high time there was a dating show for the large number of young people today, like me, who are attracted to more than one gender,” says Shane. “In 2018, we know that sexuality is fluid, and sharing the stories and experiences, the laughter and the love-making, of young bi people is so important.”
“The Bi Life” features nine single beautiful men and women hoping to find love and also banish misconceptions about dating both genders. ”It’s safe viewing for everyone”, Shane tells ahead of the show set in a Spanish villa that airs next week. “The most you’ll see is a kiss. It’s just about the visibility of seeing stories and narratives that you don’t ever see on television. The show is set to reveal the downsides of bisexual dating, such as the ‘loneliness’ of not having role models to relate to, and dealing with misconceptions such as the idea that you’re constantly eager to have threesomes. Another sticking point is finding a partner who doesn’t assume you’re always poised to cheat just because you find both genders attractive”.
The ten-part dating series will be British TV’s first ever dedicated bisexual dating series. The cast live together, party together and help each other navigate the rocky road of bisexual+ dating in Barcelona. Throughout the experience, the cast support and encourage each other as they date and meet new people in sunny Spain. For some, this will mean exploring who they are for the very first time.
“The Bi Life” premieres on E! in the UK and Ireland on October 25.
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