There's Something About Miriam

  1. Did anyone watch this show? It's like the Crying Game of dating shows. It's actually coming to an ending now and supposedly the male contestants sued so it wouldn't get shown outside of the UK, but there was a cash settlement and they got over it. Miriam still has male genitals but the men don't know. They go so far as to get physical with "her". The "winner" got a cruise with Miriam and $10,000 British Pounds.

    Yes this is a guy.


    Fox Reality to debut UK's 'There's Something About Miriam' October 31

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    By Christopher Rocchio, 07/25/2007

    One of the U.K.'s most controversial reality dating series is finally going to air in America.

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    There's Something About Miriam, a reality dating series that set-up six unsuspecting men on dates with a transsexual and first premiered on Britain's Sky One in February 2004, is scheduled to premiere Wednesday, October 31 on Fox Reality, the Hartford Courant television critic Roger Catlin reported Monday.

    Although Fox Reality had previously announced Miriam's acquisition back in May, the all-reality digital cable network hadn't disclosed when it planned to debut the series. "I look forward to unleashing that on the American public," Fox Reality president David Lyle had teased to Daily Variety at the time.

    There's Something About Miriam filmed in Ibiza in 2003. At the start of the show, the men were presented with a lineup of beautiful women and asked to pick the one that they found most attractive. All of them selected a South American beauty named Miriam, and in typical reality dating show fashion, competed to win her affections.

    However unbeknownst to the men, Miriam wasn't a woman. Instead -- similar to Jaye Davidson's role in 1994's The Crying Game film -- she was a preoperative transsexual.

    At the end of the show the six suitors learned Miriam wasn't a gorgeous female, a revelation that didn't sit too well with them, especially the show's winner Tom Rooke, a then 23-year-old lifeguard and ex-ski instructor. The six men hired the publicity-oriented U.K. law firm Skillings and sued to keep the show off the air, with the lawsuit also including claims of defamation, personal injury and conspiracy to commit sexual assault (apparently because several of them had kissed and hugged Miriam).

    However the six suitors got over their claims of injury and public humiliation in return for an undisclosed cash settlement -- which various reports pegged at anywhere between $150,000 and $250,000 a person -- clearing the way for the program to debut on Sky One in late February 2004. As part of the settlement, Brighter Pictures -- the Endemol production company subsidiary that had produced There's Something About Miriam -- also issued a public statement apologizing for "any upset" caused by the program.


    Contestants in transsexual show to sue Sky

    Miriam: contestants discovered the 'gorgeous creature' was a man after the winner was chosen

    Six men are suing Sky TV after they took part in a reality TV show in which they competed to win the affections of a beautiful woman - who later turned out to be a man waiting for a sex-change operation.
    The contestants have instructed law firm Schillings, which specialises in media cases, to begin legal proceedings against Sky One and the show's producer, independent company Brighter Pictures.
    The men claim they were tricked into kissing, cuddling and holding hands with the "woman", Miriam, and say it was only after three weeks of filming that they were told she was male.
    While viewers know from the start that Miriam is a male-to-female transsexual, the contestants, who include a Royal Marine commando, a ski instructor and an ex-lifeguard, only discover the truth when Miriam picks the winner and then lifts up her skirt.
    One contestant was so furious he is said to have punched the show's producer when he found out.
    The programme, There's Something About Miriam, is due to be broadcast on November 16 but the contestants are now trying to stop it going on air.
    A central element of the case is said to revolve around whether contracts the six men signed - giving Sky permission to broadcast the show before filming began - are legally binding.
    There's Something About Miriam was filmed in Ibiza over the summer.
    It pitted seven single men - all aged between 20 and 35 and described as "lively and outgoing" - against each other in a contest to win Miriam's affections.
    The men had to pick the woman they found most attractive from a line-up and all selected Miriam.
    Members of the Brighter Pictures production team on the show are said to have been very upset by what happened and have offered to help the contestants in their legal action.
    Cameras filmed the men attempting to woo Miriam, including scenes of them kissing and fondling her.
    It is understood one of the areas of legal contention are the consent forms they signed.
    Sources say they were signed just before Miriam's secret was revealed, although neither Schillings nor Sky were available for comment.
    A spokesman for the programme makers said they had made a point of never referring to Miriam as a woman when getting the men to take part.
    "As Miriam is a transsexual, I would never refer to her as male or female. She is a gorgeous creature," he said.
    There's Something About Miriam follows in the footsteps of US show Joe Millionaire, in which a group of women vied to win the hand of a wealthy businessman, only to discover he was a cash-strapped builder.
  2. Yep ! This was quite strange and some of the boys got fooled really easily.