Dermot O’Leary to host new ITV Comedy Series

Dermot O’Leary is to present an ITV comedy panel series, The Marriage Ref, hosted by. The seven part series will broadcast on ITV1 this summer.

“Marriage and relationships takes centre stage in this revealing and funny new Saturday night entertainment show.  Everyday disputes between real-life couples are revealed, examined and ultimately judged.” ITV say.

Each week Dermot will welcome a number of real life couples onto the show who have an ongoing argument. Each partner will have the chance to put their side of the dispute across before a panel of celebrities and comedians who will have the final say in determining the victor of each spat. The panellists will offer their own wit, wisdom and unique opinions on the problem, discussing the merits of each side before voting on who they think is correct.

ITV Commissioning Editor, Comedy and Entertainment Claire Zolkwer says, The Marriage Ref takes a close look at every day disagreements faced by couples – something we can all relate to and laugh with.  It’s an entertaining format and Dermot O’Leary will make a great host, not only giving his opinion but also leading the debate amongst the panel.”


The Marriage Ref has proved a success in major territories including the US, Russia, Argentina, China and the Middle East. The 7 hour-long episodes of this series will transmit on the  ITV network this summer. American actor, comedian and producer Jerry Seinfeld created the format and the series will be produced by Zeppotron.