Love Island bosses hint at LGBTQ+ version
14 May 2018 - 11:00 AM

Love Island bosses hint at LGBTQ+ version

Share article:

"Love Island" bosses are considering making a LGBTQ+ version of the show and airing two series a year.

Producer Richard Cowles has confirmed the makers of the programme - which landed its first-ever Reality & Constructed Factual TV BAFTA last night (13.05.18) - are "open" to having another "dedicated version" of the series for same-sex couples, which could see more than one "Love Island" air on an annual basis.

Speaking backstage at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards at London's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, Richard said: "We've had bisexual people in the show before. It's a dating show and what makes that quite difficult is you need everyone to fancy everyone, so it's quite hard to get people who are gay and heterosexual in the same place, because simply enough, they don't fancy each other.

"I think we'd have to have a dedicated show for that. We're open to everything. We'd always try to include everyone. Absolutely, we'd consider two series a year."

Richard admitted the producers are constantly having to rip up their plans for the series because the unexpected is always happening on the ITV2 show.

Sam Bird and Georgia Steel split

Sam Bird and Georgia Steel split

18 October 2018 - 8:00 AM

Sam Bird and Georgia Steel split

He added: "Everyone is reacting to what's happening in the villa and then the format is being written as it happens. So whatever plans we have as they go into the villa, they get ripped up pretty much every hour as the cast goes in.

"Everything we predicted hasn't happened and everything is happening is more exciting than we predicted, and we just go for it."

Gemma Collins returning to  BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards.

Gemma Collins returning to BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards.

11 October 2018 - 8:00 AM

Gemma Collins returning to BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards.

"Love Island" crew and cast members, including 2017 contestants Chris Hughes and Marcel Somerville, celebrated their success on a boozy boat on the River Thames.

Producer Sarah Tyekiff added: "We have got 250 crew members on a boat down the Thames and after supper we will be going there. It's very exciting."

Chris admitted he couldn't wait to change his social media profile to reflect the BAFTA win.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz after collecting the prize, Chris said: "For an audience to be so captivated and invest their time into other people's relationships, I think that's why it's so special.

"It's just a beautiful show. Marcel is going to change is Instagram bio to BAFTA winner, and I think I'm going to do the same."

Marcel added: "For me being in the villa and being around people you've just met in a week and being able to build bonds with them, it was amazing to see all the friendships blossoming.

"It was just nice to be part of it. I'm happy. I can't say much more."

"Love Island" beat off competition from "Celebrity Hunted", "Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds" and "The Real Full Monty" to land the Reality & Constructed Factual prize.

Mel and Sue planning to write together
23 October 2018

Mel and Sue planning to write together

Mel and Sue planning to write together
Kim Woodburn opens up about 'very' active sex life
23 October 2018

Kim Woodburn opens up about 'very' active sex life

Kim Woodburn opens up about 'very' active sex life
Mandip Gill never expected Doctor Who role
23 October 2018

Mandip Gill never expected Doctor Who role

Mandip Gill never expected Doctor Who role
Eyal Booker has quit dating shows
23 October 2018

Eyal Booker has quit dating shows

Eyal Booker has quit dating shows
James Burrows signs new Coronation Street contract
23 October 2018

James Burrows signs new Coronation Street contract

James Burrows signs new Coronation Street contract
Ricky Champ reveals EastEnders 2-hander
23 October 2018

Ricky Champ reveals EastEnders 2-hander

Ricky Champ reveals EastEnders 2-hander
Harry Redknapp will go camping to prepare for I'm A Celebrity
23 October 2018

Harry Redknapp will go camping to prepare for I'm A Celebrity

Harry Redknapp will go camping to prepare for I'm A Celebrity
Lysette Anthony turns to real life experiences for Hollyoaks crying scenes
23 October 2018

Lysette Anthony turns to real life experiences for Hollyoaks crying scenes

Lysette Anthony turns to real life experiences for Hollyoaks crying scenes
Connor McIntyre for EastEnders role?
23 October 2018

Connor McIntyre for EastEnders role?

Connor McIntyre for EastEnders role?
John Middleton has stopped watching Emmerdale
23 October 2018

John Middleton has stopped watching Emmerdale

John Middleton has stopped watching Emmerdale
Blockbusters to return
23 October 2018

Blockbusters to return

Blockbusters to return
Florence Pugh reveals nudity ban for The Little Drummer Girl
23 October 2018

Florence Pugh reveals nudity ban for The Little Drummer Girl

Florence Pugh reveals nudity ban for The Little Drummer Girl