ITV sent the nation into a frenzy earlier this year when they announced plans for a brand new dating series for parents, which would be headed by presenting veteran and ex-Big Brother favourite, Davina McCall.
But with the show, titled My Mum, Your Dad, finally being around the corner, not all prospective viewers are thrilled with the concept of the show, which sees children setting up their lonely parents with the hope of them landing a life partner.
Fellow presenter and TV star Ulrika Johnson has thrown shade over the upcoming series, dubbing it "patronising" whilst also bizarrely claiming the notion of the show – which premieres on Monday (11 September) – was created by herself.
Claiming in her weekly column in The Sun that the synopsis of the show brings "a shiver down my spine", Ukrika added: "It suggests that even in our late 40s and 50s, we need our kids to be involved in decisions about our personal lives.
"It sends a signal to the rest of the world that, at a time when we finally get to enjoy and pursue our independence away from family life, it’s still the children who have a say about what we do and who we do it with."
The 10-part series takes a group of parents looking for a second chance at romance and invites them to a country house retreat, where they’ll head off on dates and mingle with other eligible empty-nesters.
Mum-of-four and former Celebs Go Dating star Ulrika, 55, then went on to claim that presenter Davina took her idea, writing: "Davina would have you believe this was her idea. But a dating show for the over-50s was first mooted by me years ago — in this very newspaper."
Ulrika claimed she never sought for the show to be a mature version of the already immensely popular ITV hit Love Island, with "high heels and false lashes" but that she hoped for "something along similar lines", pleading for her readers to "normalise older bodies and faces that have interesting stories to tell"
Much-loved host Davina, 55, previously told press of her latest presenting gig: "It’s my fault that it got called Midlife Love Island – that’s what I called it in an email to [Commissioning Editor] Amanda Stavri. I’ve been trying to burn that name ever since!"
But Ulrika concluded her attack on the show by insisting she believes the new show will be successful, but that it is a "wasted opportunity" that feels "patronising and condescending".
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