Airdate: Wife Swap Australia

By David Knox on January 8, 2012 / Filed Under Pay TV 6

Wife Swap Australia begins on LifeStyle You tomorrow with its first families, self-made millionaires The Montfords and battlers, The Barrys.

Based on the US Reality series, the wives from both families swap places for seven days -although I still haven’t worked out why…

When do we get Husband Swap?

Have you ever wondered whether the grass is greener on the other side of the fence? From moody teenagers and spoilt children to errant husbands and trophy wives, this series gives a whole new meaning to domestic bliss and lifts the lid on what it means to be Australian in the 21st century. Wife Swap Australia is not a competition or a contest.

It is a reality show unlike any other, where the battlegrounds are the kitchens and living rooms, child-rearing is a subject of intense and heated debate, and the outcome isn’t a cash prize, but a couple’s opportunity to re-discover why they love each other and decided to marry in the first place. With its mirror on Australian domestic lives, this series sees sparks fly as two wives from radically different families swap places for a week.

It’s not just the wives that need to get used to a new family, but the husbands and children are given a wake-up call too as they have to adapt to new house routines. Packed with suspense and jeopardy, Wife Swap Australia gets right to the heart of the way we live and lifts the lid on the choices different people make about how to live their lives: people’s spending priorities, what they expect of their partners of an evening, how they divide up the parenting, the shopping, the housework, how much or how little they go out, what role food plays in their lives, and what they want from their social lives.

At the end of the show, the two couples meet for the first time. In a highly-charged exchange of views, both couples make a frank assessment of each other and talk about what they’ve learned from the experience.

8:30pm Monday January 9 LifeStyle You

6 Comments »

  1. Cazzie January 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm -

    I just wonder if the Montfords will realise how stuck up they looked, especially those spoilt children, when they view the show on TV.
    It just proved that old money has class, new money is just plain “Cashed Up Bogan,” but still Bogan none the less!
    The way that Mrs Montford kept talking about her wonderful home and all she had was embarrassing.

  2. sarah h January 10, 2012 at 10:51 am -

    enjoyed this more than the american version. as always, aussies know how to tell it like it is.

  3. Henry January 10, 2012 at 9:16 am -

    Never really watched the US version, so was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Loved the fact that both couples could see where things were going wrong on both sides.

    My favourite part was when Mr Barry was annoyed that the filming was making it look like Mrs Montford was teaching his kids how to brush their hair and teeth.

  4. Craig(Buzz) January 9, 2012 at 12:30 am -

    This should be good.Since 2010 Foxtel have been looking for families to participate in this aussie version,but understandably it’s taken a while to get enough people to take it on

  5. Travis January 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm -

    Been watching the US version lately, good show!

  6. Barrie January 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm -

    David, isn’t this based on the original UK series, which came before the US series? They also swap lives for 14 days not 7. Week 1 is the husbands rules (or original wife) and week 2 is the new wife rules. I loves this series, but i like seeing the end result when both wives/husbands actually learn something from their experience. either not to be a doormat or to be a better parent.

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