IN 37 years of making trailblazing telly, Channel 4 has come up with some crazy concepts.
Now conception itself will form the heart of one of its most challenging shows ever. Producers are developing a programme where women keen to have a baby can choose sperm from different men based on their qualities.
The show sees a panel help the wannabe mums scrutinise the background of potential dads in a bid to find a gene pool they’d like to draw from.
A TV insider said: “This is a show which explores women who want to take complete control of their own fertility and what sort of family they want to create. And obviously the concept is one which will be challenging to viewers as it will not be seen as a traditional way to have children.
“But the reality is that, as things stand, women can already go through a similar process, particularly with the growth of online services that involve anonymous donors.
“So the idea is to examine that journey, how it can be improved and how, with more information about potential dads, they might make better decisions.”
The show will see the future parents, who sense the chance to have children is passing them by, meet with the aim of jointly parenting the child.
Plus there is always the potential for a relationship developing between the couple, though Channel 4 is keen to stress it is not a dating show for people looking for love.
It already sounds like they’ll be facing enough hurdles without adding romance to the mix.
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We’re ‘Allo back together
’ALLO ’Allo! These faces look familiar.
The veteran actors are the surviving stars of the classic BBC1 sitcom, who reunited to unveil a blue plaque in honour of the show.
The event took place at Norfolk’s Lynford Hall, which was used to film the exterior of the wartime cafe owned by Rene, played by Gordon Kaye, who died in 2017, and his wife Edith, played by Carmen Silvera, who died in 2002.
Checking himself out
RYLAN Clark-Neal looks like he’s ready to check himself out after getting on a store conveyor belt to promote the comeback of Supermarket Sweep.
Rylan replaces the late Dale Winton as host of the Nineties show, which returns to our screens tonight on ITV2 at 8pm.
His pals Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes, Love Island’s Maura Higgins and Made in Chelsea’s Georgia Toffolo are all set to make cameos.
IF all goes to plan, you’ll be seeing far less of former rugby stars Gavin Henson and Martin Offiah, celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, the PM’s dad Stanley Johnson and reality TV’s Georgia Toffolo and Lydia Bright and Lucy Mecklenburgh – as they’re all taking part in the celebrity version of C4 show Hunted.
The show, to be aired this autumn as part of the channel’s Stand Up To Cancer season, sees contestants go on the run from professional trackers.
GINO D’Acampo appears to have picked up something other than swear words during his time with Gordon Ramsay on their ITV road trips.
The Italian cook says he wishes he’d had kids later in life like 52-year-old Gordon, whose fifth child, Oscar was born in April.
Speaking at the launch of his Iceland food range, Gino, who became a dad aged 26, said: “I would rather be an older father like Gordon than than a younger dad.
“An older father is more mature, more sensible, he’s seen life so he can tell you things in a different way.
“The biggest mistake I made with my children as a young father is didn’t give them enough time, because I cared more about business, making money and buying a house.”
WHAT? Food Unwrapped, Channel 4, 8.30pm
WHY? A new series of the popular food investigation show which sees host Jimmy Doherty look at whether growing our own fruit and vegetables is worthwhile.
Davina’s delight at Mask
IT is one of telly’s most bonkers formats, but ITV are doing everything they can to make The Masked Singer a hit.
Davina McCall has been announced as the latest big name to sign up to the show alongside judges Jonathan Ross, Rita Ora and Hollywood actor Ken Jeong, who was on the US version.
The series, hosted by I’m A Celebrity . . . Extra Camp presenter Joel Dommett, will see 12 famous faces compete to pull off their best singing performance while trying to hide their identity behind elaborate costumes.
As the contestants are eliminated they will reveal themselves to the judges and audience.
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Davina said: “I love this show.
“I’m so excited and I can’t wait to join Rita, Jonathan and the inimitable Ken on the panel and see just what amazing costumes and performances our celebrities will be bringing to the show.”
It sounds crackers – but I can’t wait to see it.
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