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      04.01.2014 19:47
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      Great fun to watch

      Wife Swap is a tv show that started about 10 years ago on Channel 4 and repeats are now shown almost daily on DMAX.

      The idea of the show is that 2 families are selected and the wives swap houses for 2 weeks. For the first week, the wives have to live in their new houses with their new families in the way that the real wife lives. In the second week, there is a rule change and the new wives get to make changes to the household rules.

      After the 2 weeks, the 2 sets of husbands and wives meet up over a glass of wine to discuss what they have learnt. There always seems to be one person who hasn't learnt a great deal!!

      I do love this show and so I have watched a lot of episodes and so I am starting to see the common theme where there is one husband and wife where he does little around the house while she does everything, paired with a couple where he does everything while she sits and watches tv..... Cue a really interesting social experiment where suddenly the put upon husband realises he is being taken for granted and the lazy old so and so gets a kick up her backside.

      I do enjoy this show as it is fascinating to see people get absorbed into other peoples families and seeing how they would cope.

      I like seeing the rule change section as it is always a little controversial with the new wives bringing in rules such as no tv after a certain time in the evening, let's all go out as a family and so on.

      Overall this is an entertaining and interesting show and I do recommend it.

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        21.05.2010 15:03
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        Great show that is a unique social experiment

        Have you ever wondered what it would be like to swap your wife for a week or so? I would imagine it would be an interesting experiment and there would naturally be some conflict along the way. Wife Swap is a novel idea for show. It is a reality TV show that was first aired on Channel 4 in 2003 and ran for six years until they announced they would not be making it anymore last year. I have watched a number of episodes and it's interesting and certainly better than some reality shows out there.

        The idea is that you take two contrasting familes, normally from vastly different backgrounds and with completely different lifestyles to make things more interesting, and swap the wives over for a couple of weeks to see what happens. The families will often have kids as this is normally the source of controversy as one family will bring up their children in a different way to the other. Obviously the show tries to take people who are completely different in their views as the more conflict there is the better viewing it is in their opinion.

        There are some rules attached as well though. In the first week the new wife must stick to the same rules and lifestyle of the wife they are replacing in the new home by way of a manual left for them. They may not like but have to try and live by those rules. This can be quite challenging to do and she must take on all the duties and chores of the other wife.

        However, during the second week things start getting interesting and then the sparks normally fly between the new wife and husband. She is allowed to establish her own house rules and the new families have to abide by these rules. There have been numerous episodes where the tension really rises during the second week.

        At the end of the two weeks the two couples get together to discuss each other's lives and this often turns into insults being thrown and isn't always particularly constructive. However, in the end they do admit they learn something from the whole experience and have got something out of it.

        It's a fascinating show really that delves into the heart of two families and wreaks havoc while trying to teach lessons at the same time.

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        20.05.2010 18:13
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        Good relaxing entertainment!!

        Wife Swap used to be a favourite of ours. It was first aired on channel four back in 2003 and would remain on the channel for another 6 years. The episodes would last an hour.

        For those who haven't seen it, it is a reality TV show involving two families. During the programme the wife from one family swaps with the wife from the other. They basically move in for two weeks.

        Those concerned are usually like chalk and cheese. So you would expect some 'hippy, happy going vegetarian' to move in with a 'strict, meat eating church going family'. Probably not the best analogy, but you get the idea. They also had celebrity wife swap as well. My favourite was when the racing pundit John McCirrick swapped with Edwina Currie.

        During the first week the wife has to follow the strict rules set out by the husband. If he had his breakfast brought to him by 7am of a morning, that is how he should be treated by his 'new' wife. Quite hilarious when you have a wife, who was a lazy slob and liked lying in bed until lunchtime.

        The second week it was rule change time. The husband now had to do what his 'new' wife wanted him to do. Quite funny, to see the husband having to tidy up and do the washing - when he hadn't done any for years.

        At the end of the show both husband and wives met up, and they would give their views on the previous weeks. Some would say they had learnt from the experience. Others would insult each other, and be close to tears.

        The programme producers certainly stirred this show up well. They really couldn't have had more opposite couples, and this went well for the show. Sadly the last one was produced late in 2009. All good things must come to an end, and you can often find it on repeats and cable channels.

        I for one realised how lucky I was with my wife. I couldn't believe how some couples lived. If you are able to watch the programme on repeat, give it a try, it is good fun!!

        Copyright stebiz 2010 - also on ciao.co.uk

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          20.05.2010 17:48
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          A great reality tv show

          Wife swap is a programme that was first shown in 2003 on Channel 4. Each episode features two families. The idea being that the two wives swap places for two weeks and experience each others lives.

          The first week they live life as the other wife would, taking care of household responsibilities and children, sometimes doing their job and living with their husband. The second week each wife gets to make up new rules based on what they think the family needs to learn about their lives in order to make them better. This can involve changing household chores, schedules and sometimes even image and clothing.

          At the end of the swap the wives are reunited with their partners and there is a table meeting where the couples get to talk about their experiences, what they've learnt and what they might or might not change. Again, this sometimes goes well, but often causes a lot of problems and arguments. After this the wives go home to their family.

          In the final scenes of each show we see the families back together a few weeks later and see what they have or haven't changed. Often, they have changed a couple of key issues and are happier for it.

          I have watched wife swap from the very beginning and was instantly hooked. I don't think I ever missed an episode, and even now the show has ended I sometimes catch the odd repeat on E4 here and there. I like it because when it such a good idea and I am quite nosey and enjoy seeing into other peoples homes and lives.

          The show lasts an hour at a time (around 45 minutes without adverts) and was on air for 6 years. They also made some celebrity wife swaps, which were very interesting and had me hooked. Some celebrity wife swap couples included Paul Daniels and his wife, Samantha Fox and her partner and Freddie Star and his wife. It's always fascinating to see celebrities homes and how they live and I was quite surprised at how open honest most of the celebrities were on this show. Samantha Fox in particular. I found her open and honest and really liked hearing about her views on wanting to become a mother. I also found it interesting to see how well she and her partner got along compared to a lot of the other couples on the show.

          Wife swap had quite a variety of couples on the show over the various series. Some couples included those suffering with Depression, wheelchair users, Straight couples, same sex couples, couples with a wide age gap and single parents. I thought it was good to see such a wide variety of people from such different backgrounds. There were people on benefits, people who appeared to have a lot of money, older couples, younger couples, people with one child and people with very large families.

          Wife swap always had a knack of making sure the two families were vastly different from one another. As you can imagine, this often caused a lot of friction and arguments. Some episodes resulted in a spouse walking out, sometimes going to stay in a hotel and sometimes even ending the swap early. On some occasions the swaps resulted in couples splitting up.

          I was very sad to watch the last wife swap but I do feel they did the right thing to end it before it got boring and tired. Shows like this do tend to have a limited appeal and need to know when to call it a day.

          My only critism of wife swap is that if you read the credits at the end of the show you will see that they have a hair and make-up person. This leads me to believe that some parts of the show are manufactured and not completely natural. I do realise that a lot of shows are probably like this, but I still find it annoying that they have to add to what would still make interesting viewing. Of course this is just my opinion and what I believe to be true and I may be wrong

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          14.05.2010 22:21
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          A good programme

          I used to watch Wife Swap every now and then, and then it got boring and repetitive so I stopped watching. Last weekend, being quite bored, and had the day to myself, I turned on the TV to find Wife Swap USA on TV, so decided to give it a go, and was immediately engrossed.

          The premise of Wife Swap is simple. Two families exchange their wives for two weeks; the first week the wives must abide by the other family's rules, and the second week gives them the opportunity to change the rules to their heart's content, before both couples finally meet up for a brief discussion of their experience.

          So this episode saw a family with a strict routine (sorry I forgot their names). Their whole family is into martial arts, the wife is a clean freak; they make their children sign declarations of doing the chores and have to tick on a checklist when they have done it, and in exchange, they get money and material goods. This family is pitched against a family who are relaxed. The family is into performing arts, their house is a mess, and their daughter has no rules to follow and can do what she pleases. The family often do not pay their bills and give their time up freely to run a local theatre group.

          The first week was hell, with the neat-freak woman moving out into a hotel, lots of shouting between the two and no compromise whatsoever. The run-riot wife gets frustrated at the dictatorship that runs the household! I was actually really annoyed at the neat freak woman and their household- their Hitleresque regime obviously causes pain in the children and is really out of order!! I don't agree that there shouldn't be rules at all, but they have taken it to an unhealthy extreme.

          Thankfully, the second week brought great change. The neat freak wife imposed chores on the husband and the daughter, which was met with more shouting and rebellion; but in the end, the daughter sees sense and helps to make things right. The neat freak wife also helps the husband make some money with an "acting with business" lecture- to which he was greatly fulfilled. Now, the most moving part of ANY Wife Swap show I have ever seen... The run riot wife imposes that he husband stay at home more often to spend time with the kids... and when she asked the kids to give up their most prized possession to spend more time with their father, none of them were willing to make the sacrifice. This moment really made me like scream YES! They finally see the problem in the home... in the end, having spent more time with her father, his daughter relinquished some small charm like thing... and that was deeply moving!

          In the end, both families gained something from the experience, and I had to say, this was the best episode I have ever seen... However, not all episodes are like this, and sometimes, the episode is just full of shouting and argument, and to no avail. The couples depart angry and bitter, defeating the purpose of the show.

          I would recommend the show as something to watch when bored- but not one to follow religiously... There are some good episodes, but most are the same, repetitive, blah that we have seen before. I have seen both the US and the UK variety, and I think the US version has more extreme families for added drama... so watch that over the UK one! Overall, an enjoyable show that you cannot watch all the time...

          Wife Swap can be seen at 11.10pm on Fridays, and the US version on Saturday mornings.

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            29.04.2010 14:17
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            worth a watch if you like easy viewing with entertainment

            This isn't the type of programme I would have chosen to watch but as my older daughter was recovering at home with us we found ourselves watching this 'fly on the wall' 1 hour programme & actually I found it to be really interesting!

            It's usually on channel 4 but I'm sure it can be found on 1 of the many Sky channels. It is a BAFTA award winning show & whilst some of the families shown are from the UK, we also found some featuring US families.

            As everyone probably knows it involves the wife (or partner) & mother agreeing to swap homes with a very different type of family for 10 days & watch them as they try to adapt (or rebel/ change/ criticise) those living in the new environment.

            There are several that stick in my mind - eg the one where a Lady of Leisure (who drives a Bentley) swaps with a mum of 7 who lives in one of the UK's largest council estate - lol!

            Another one shows a woman who spends 8 hours a day cleaning her house (sometimes even using a toothbrush!) who swaps with a businesswoman who expects her own children to help with the household chores.

            I enjoyed the programme with a family who reminded me of the Osbornes who had a 'mother' who was a born-again Christian........

            There was a US family who made their children sign a citizen charter & who were very materialistic who had a rather liberal, laissez-faire mum for 10 days.

            There have been celebrity shows as well but, to be honest, I've had my fill of celebs so haven't watched any of those.

            The list is endless but the main aim seems to be to match totally different families & see how they react to any changes or criticisms. I may be mean-hearted but I love the shows that show confronation (usually with the father figure) & the ones where people get so frustrated they threaten to walk out.

            Sometimes there are lessons to be learned on both sides - eg is there enough quality time spent with the children? are they too strict/ soft with them? is the man of the house too demanding/ intolerant? are people too materialistic/ work too many hours? etc

            When the allotted time is completed & families re-united they are able to discuss the experience which is sometimes surprising, jaw-dropping or hilarious - I've never been bored with this series & would recommend that it's worth watching at least one programme - it's easy-going & entertaining TV in my opinion.

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              26.04.2010 14:10
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              two wives swap roles for two weeks to see how other people live.

              Wife Swap is a reality show that has been done in the UK but is mostly shown on TV now from the USA. It involves two completely different families and we see how the wives and mothers of each family swap roles for two weeks.

              So what we see are a prim and proper housewife who could be a cleaning freak and she has to live the life of a career minded woman who hardly spends time with her children. Or we have a family that do not have any guidelines or respect for the parents and do nothing around the house against the family that are very strict and do not allow their children to put a foot out of place.

              The first week we see the wives play along with how that family live and they discuss how awful this woman's life is or how unbearable it is that this woman has to do everything for the whole family while they walk all over her. Another time it could be that the woman doesn't allow their children to watch TV or play video games and have a mountain of chores to do instead.

              After the first week and having to abide by the house family rules the new wife can then turn the tables and change the rules to how she lives her life with her family. The rules are usually written up on a huge poster and put on the wall. It is more often than not completely the opposite of what they are used to and the family usually rebel against it and there have been quite a few arguments and ruffles, especially from the husband.

              It's quite choking when you see how the kids are unhappy when they don't get to spend the quality time with their mum and dad and how they come to realise that they have just been going along with it all. When you see the kids go for a day out as a family and the joy spread over their face makes watching this show worthwhile.
              The one I have just watched it where the older child was into art but the rest of the family were lumberjacks and so he was separate from the family. The new wife made the dad make a space in his barn to place some art stuff so the lad could come down and spend some time with his dad and hope that they can actually talk and make a connection.

              At the end of the two weeks they all sit down back in their original couples and they argue it out about what they didn't like being in their role. Sometimes they have walked out on the conversation, probably because they have hit a nerve. There are times when they actual take a step back and see the wrongs that they are doing and make changes for the better such as spending more time with their children.

              What I love about this show is seeing the different perspectives that some families have and how they operate. It is amazing when you look at things from an outsider's point of view and I am sure that someone would look at how my family are and see some cracks in it or ways we could do things for the better.

              Obviously they put oil and water together as this makes the show but it is quite warming towards the end of the episode when you sometimes see how two people from different walks of life and would never have even mixed in the same circles actually do end up getting along. It makes their opinion of that type of person change and that can only be a good thing. We as a nation do seem to put people in boxes and categorise them all as the same when this purely isn't the case.

              Overall I like this show simply to be nosey and see how other families live and see the way they are. It shows you how people with completely different backgrounds can teach each other how to make their lives better for the sake of their family. Having hoards of money does not make you a good parent, far from it, the same as being poor does not make you a bad parent.

              What is annoying is when certain people just don't want to be told what they are doing is making their family unhappy.

              All walks of life can learn from each other.

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                15.04.2010 18:31
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                WHY I LOVE THIS SHOW.

                One thing that I admire about channel 4 is its ability to showcase really gritty reality shows. One of my favourite channel 4 shows has to be wife swap. I think it is classic fly on the wall television, that pulls no punches and offers viewers the opportunity to have an insight into how other people live their lives.

                The general outline of wife swap, is that two families swap the wife of the household. These families have never met each other, unyet they have to live together as man and wife for a week. (without the jiggy jiggy!!) For the first half of the week the visiting wife has to abide by the host families rules and ways of life. But on the second half of the week, the 'wife' has to change the rules of the house as she deems fit.

                Now this programme would be really boring if the two families had exactly the same values and opinions and this is where the excellent producers for this show have come up trumps. They always put together two families who have very conflicting thoughts on how live should be led. They are very often from very different social backgrounds and are the type of families that would never to relate to each other if it wasn't for the show.

                An example of the types of families who swap wives are ... A vicar who has a wife who doesn't work and does everything for him and the children. They don't have a television, prefering to read the bible of an evening. The children go to private school and have the manners and personalities of angels.

                The second family are all on the dole. The mother doesn't do anything what so ever except watch Jeremy Kyle. four out of her six children have asbos. She doesn't do any cooking, so they live on pizza and kebabs and the children have to get themselves up,dressed and to school in the morning because she can't be bothered to get out of bed!!!

                Now imagine if you will, when the wives from these families go and live with the host family for the week. There is always confrontation which leads to tears and tantrums. It is really eye opening to see how some people live and what standards they have.

                One good thing that I respect about this programme is most often all family members will realise that there is something they can do to improve their way of life. They see how the other family interacts and realises that small changes could benefit their families too.

                What I don't like about this programme is how they put social classes into steryotypical boxes. However I realise that this is done to make good television. But they should have a more broader and less subjective attitude towards social class.

                There is no way on this earth that I could do wife swap. I am so fussy and have to have everything perfect. I know that I would end up in some stinky house. I would miss my children far too much and be awfully homesick. But I can understand why people do put themselves up for this show. It is a great way of discovering strengths and weaknesses within yourself and finding ways to make ammends.

                I really do think this hour long show makes for quite compulssive viewing. It can have you as the viewer screaming at the tv or even shedding a tear. What I do think it shows is that whether your rich or poor or a sinner or a saint there is always something you can learn from each other.

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                  14.04.2010 19:46
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                  Entertaining and annoying at the same time

                  I have to admit Wife Swap is one of my guilty pleasures... I realise how that sounds lol, I mean the channel 4 show. I don't ever recall actually watching it on channel 4 but occasionally watch it on 4od when im bored or doing the housework.

                  ** The Programme **

                  The show is about women and sometimes men swapping homes and families with others. Although it is called "Wife Swap" not only wives participate in it, most of the time it is girlfriends/boyfriends etc.

                  ** My opinion **

                  Like I said, I only watch this when I am bored mainly because its rubbish lol, but in a weird way its also brilliant. I don't think that anyone could deny it being entertaining. If anything I thank my lucky stars for the life I have after watching this show. You usually have one poor down to earth family and one rich and stuck up, one with no children and the other with 7, it can be quite amusing as both will be out of their comfort zones.

                  Channel 4 have a really good way at torturing their participants, I don't know if they get paid for going on the show, I know I would want to, although I don't think there would be a sum big enough.

                  I like watching it on 4od as there aren't as many adverts and quite frankly I cant imagine my partner turning off the footy to watch this.

                  The odd episode has been quite moving at times which is nice but on most occasions its usually quite brutal most of the people on this program have no doubt been on the Jeremy Kyle show or at least will need to after taking part.

                  I don't think this program is at all suitable to watch around children as it can be quite disturbing and some of those on the show have bad potty mouths.

                  I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of it is put on.

                  ** Overall **

                  If you like to laugh at others then you will love this show beware though it can be cringe worthy and slightly addictive but hey its always good to know that there are people out there worse than you.

                  As far as a reality TV shows goes then its as good as the rest of them, entertaining and annoying at the same time.

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                    12.03.2010 23:11
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                    Typical reality TV: drama and pointless arguments

                    Wife Swap was a channel 4 reality TV show that ran from 2003 to 2009, which despite it's name had absolutely nothing to do with swinging.

                    The show was based on the premise that two families, chosen for their contrasting lifestyles, cultures and beliefs, swap spouses for two weeks with predictably explosive results.
                    For the first week the wives (or occasionally husbands) live under the rules of their new family, presented in the form of a deceptively official looking household manual. Obviously this creates no small amount of tension, since trying to place someone in the shoes of a stranger is bound to create a wide array of emotional outbursts. Moaning, whining, tantrums, you name it.
                    However, on the second week it's all change when the wives are given a chance to impose their own values upon their surrogate family. Doesn't sound so bad? Well just try telling that to a fitness fanatic who's just had his bikes banned, or a life-long suburbanite who's just had their garden converted into a chicken coup.
                    Needless to say, sparks will fly.
                    Plates too.

                    Like all reality TV shows wife swap is something to be taken with an incredibly liberal dose of salt, as it has about as much to with reality as a lobster has to do with Mount Everest. A lot of the show is scripted and edited to create drama where it doesn't exist, and the families chosen are in no way typical examples of the British public, or in some cases, even humanity.
                    But lets be honest, nobody wants to see someone chatting about their life in a tactful and respectful manner. What we want to see is a group of heavily opinionated and vaguely unbalanced people going into an emotional meltdown over the most minor of incidents, whilst believing that they're somehow morally infallible.
                    True, it may not be the most sophisticated form of entertainment, but it's entertainment nonetheless.
                    Saying that, Wife Swap is strange in the sense that unlike most reality shows, which exist only to manipulate, it actually helps those who take part. Over the two week ordeal each spouse inadvertly learns from their new family, often improving their own family life. This means that most of the couples leaves the experience with a new found respect for both their partners and their families, feeling that their life was enriched by the swap.
                    Of course, there's always the odd few that got nothing out of the swap except intense resentment, but you can't please everyone.

                    All in all, Wife Swap is definitely a guilty pleasure. Personally I find the idea of two complete strangers passing judgment on each other rather unpleasant, even more so when it's directed at their families, and it can leave a bit of a foul taste. However, I can't deny that it is entertaining, in much the same way that watching someone incoherently bellowing on the Jerry Kyle show is entertaining.
                    It's basically something to be outraged by, then quickly forgotten.

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                      07.02.2010 15:09
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                      Fun to watch such different families clash especially in the USA version

                      Wife Swap is about two women who take over the role of the other in each other's family for up to 2 weeks. For the first few days the new wives are made to put up with their new family's daily routine regardless of how they feel about it. Then they have a rule change where the new wives try to instil their own routine into the family. This may sound quite simple but trying to get the husband's and children's heads around a different way of life is harder than you may think even for only a couple of days. The final result is that the children usually seem to respond well to the change especially if they are in a house ruled by timetables and chores. In many cases it seems that learning new ways benefits both families and changes the way that they feel about their own lives and the way they should be bringing up their children.

                      What makes this programme so watchable is that, even though I have not got children myself yet, I have a feel for what my family life will be like and 99% of what I watch on here will not be it. From laid back families who let their kids run amuck to families which are run like a military school and everything else in between. This programme brings you an insight into what others preach and feel is the right way to bring up a family.

                      I prefer the USA version as the families that are paired together are usually so different from the UK ones, from families who live in a swamp land surrounded by alligators to people who live in idyllic town houses who visit the opera. Diversity in a TV programme cannot be any different.

                      This is a good programme with some very cringe-worthy moments when the families clash and end up in huge arguments. It's very funny to see how other people live.

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                        4 stars

                        Wifeswap is another channel 4 show which gives some lucky British families their 15 minutes of fame. It involves taking the wifes from two families which with ever series becomes more and more opposites of each other, and swapping them. They seem to always get the strict straight laced born again Christian and swap them with the party animal no rules smoking drinking family. Now that this is obviously the case, I am surprised that people who apply seem shocked and don't seem to enjoy their "new families" to start with.

                        So the "new wives" have to follow all of the rules of their new families and do everything the other wife does. Each wife leaves a family manual to show what they do and describe the family and sometimes these can be an eyeopener into how the wife feels or what they would like the new wife to bring to the family such as "I think that the kids don't spend enough time with their Dad". This often leads to arguements, children screaming and allsorts of conflicts which can be quite funny (if you're cringing a bit though) to watch.

                        Then after a week, there is the "Rule Change Day" where the new wives make a load of rules up which the families never seem to like. They basically turn the house upside down and try to impose their different way of living and parenting. I think sometimes the new rules can bring positive changes though and it is interesting to watch.

                        After the rule changes, they go back to their families and get a chance to catch up with their families and the other partners and discuss the changes and what they liked and might keep. This is good but sometimes there are fights.

                        Sometimes they go back to the families after a few months and see what has been kept. I like this as it is a good chance to see if the experiment actually worked.

                        Something I don't like is the voice over man, it is a little bit annoying and very repetitive and there are a lot of "catch-up" snippets and if you've been watching allready, surely you know whats happened! It does hold the show together though but I think they could cut down a little bit of the voiceovers.

                        I watch wifeswap on 4OD online because I don't have a TV. It has a few adverts which you have to watch but it is great because you can pause it and watch more than one eposode without having to wait.

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                        Hit and miss reality TV show

                        The title conjures up images of 1970s wife swapping parties. The reality is much more mundane as the couples don't share a bed but its addictively watchable none the less.

                        The premise behind the programme is surprisingly simple. Take two diametrically opposed women and insert them into each others shoes for seven days whilst their every move is recorded for posterity by a crew of TV camera men. At the end of this period the wives can then make whatever changes they feel necessary to improve their circumstances. Sounds rather mundane but it can be rather explosive. Examples of the swaps include the occupant of a 5 bed room luxury mansion who thought nothing of spending £50 a day on food with a skip diving freegan who lived in a grotty caravan. OK not every episode is quite that extreme but they do scrape the bottom of the barrel of humanity to come up with slovenly hos in disgustingly dirty houses who don't get out of bed until lunchtime with women who think nothing of cleaning for four hours before waking their families at 7am to eat a cooked breakfast round the dinner table.

                        Its proof that some people will do just about anything to be famous for five minutes. Most of the time you end up feeling sorry for the spouses who have to put up with a total stranger criticising their every move. Several marriages have resulted in divorce as a result of the programme with one woman realising just how much her husband hated her after hearing his repeated complaints about her. Mostly it ends in tears and hugs as the families are reunited at the end of the fortnight.

                        The voiceovers are particularly annoying and peppered with inane recaps for those with the attention span of a member of the Jeremy Kyle Show studio audience.

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                          08.12.2009 22:24
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                          Great Enjoyable Show

                          Wife Swap is a show that basically does what it says on the tin. It is a show where there are two families and they swap wives. What is so good about this show is that the directors picked the two most different families to have the wife swap experience with.

                          The two families swap wives and the families get to see the different perspective on life, which is usually the totally opposite, which makes this show work and very entertaining. For a few days the family of which is wife is entering lives by their own rules and the wife also has to follow these rules. There is even a handbook/ rule sheet to display what is expected in the house and what is not. Usually when the wives read these set of rules she is outraged and this is where the entertainment begins.

                          The wife lives by the families rules but whilst holding her breathe, as she has her turn to set her rules. When its the wifes turn to set her rules, the family usually disobeys and doesnt listen or do obey but with alot of grinding of the teeth.

                          Once the time is up, the wives go back to her husbands and the two couples meet to discuss each others perspectives on life. There is sometimes arguments during this part of the show too and there has even been known to have a table flipped over! Enteraining id say.

                          With this show, I believe that the families learn alot from the wife coming to stay with them as she brings in something from their life. I think most of the people who have been on wife swap have changed something in their life due to having the wife swap experiment and this can only be a good thing.

                          I think this show is not only enteraining and amusing, but educational aswell. Us, as the viewers get a sneaky peak into some peoples lives and also people in the show get to learn something. A win win situation, although, if I was asked I would never do wife swap! Even if Im not a wife!

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                            27.11.2009 14:43
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                            Hilarious show

                            This programme is hilarious, there is a U.K version and a U.S.A version which is usualy funnier as the families on the show are from such different life styles.
                            The show was created by Stephen Lambert and is aired on Channel 4 and E4.
                            The show is around an hour long.
                            The idea of the show is so mad you would think it was an American show but it is a totaly British programme.

                            The idea of the show is two families will swap wives for two weeks, the first week of the show the wives must live by their new families rules which are always nuts, during the next week they can change the household rules and make their own up.
                            The camera crew follow the wives filming all of the ups and downs as they happen.

                            The funny thing about the show is the producers always seem to find two families that are so opposite to each other that they just annoy the hell out of each other and have these massive rows.
                            There is nearly always a problem as the rules change and we see the husbands of the families struggling to cope with a new regime.
                            There is also a celebrity wife swap on once a year which is really funny too.
                            If you are ia nosy type of person and like to see how other people live then this is the show for you.

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