SBS has announced an airdate for its bold social experiment Undressed, in which couples disrobe for cameras, and claims it will be the most diverse dating experiment on Australian screens.
Produced by Screentime, episodes feature two pairs of strangers meet in a room furnished only with a bed and a large-screen TV. Instructions and questions flash up on the screen, to strip each other down to their underwear, get into the bed and answer a series of personal questions. At the conclusion each person is given the choice to stay and get to know their counterpart better or to leave.
Originally an Italian format, the Australian series will feature participants from a mix of different cultural backgrounds and sexualities, designed to challenge preconceptions about race and sexuality.
Marshall Heald, SBS Director of Television and Online Content, said: “Undressed is much more than a dating show. By bringing diverse individuals together in a new TV format for SBS, the program is an opportunity for us to explore our Charter in a fun and mischievous way.”
Jennifer Collins, Screentime Executive Producer, said: “What I love about this series is that it’s as equally smart as it is funny and as honest as it is bold and daring. Undressed is sure to resonate with and enthrall a broad spectrum of Australia, especially when it comes time to decide… Yes?… or No? You will be surprised!”
It premieres Monday 16 January at 9.30pm on SBS but SBS On Demand will have a sneak preview of the first four episodes available from 12 January and, from 23 January, will feature a series of Undressed Uncuts – 14 minute uncut episodes of the couples’ original dates.