Marry Me Marry My Family returns to SBS on January 7

Season two of reality format Marry Me Marry My Family will return to SBS on January 7.

The announcement:

Laughter, Tears and Chaos, Love conquers all: Six couples from different backgrounds and their tales of love against the odds

Marry Me Marry My Family S2 premieres Tuesday, 7 January at 8.30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand

The journey to every wedding day brings tears and tension, chaos and compromise. But what happens when two people from vastly different religions and cultures, go down the aisle? They buckle up for a roller coaster ride featuring double the stress and drama!

This summer on SBS, join six couples from diverse backgrounds as they explore the pressures of navigating families and traditions when they set out on the path to wedded bliss. Marry Me Marry My Family is an observational documentary showcasing amazing stories of cross-cultural weddings in Australia and the importance of family traditions and obligations leading up to a milestone moment. The second season of the three-part series premieres on SBS on Tuesday, 7 January.

In the first episode, Fijian Indian-Australian Nandi is caught between two cultures. She feels the pressure juggling her father’s wishes to have an extravagant three-day Hindu wedding and her Anglo-Australian fiancé Dan’s desire to have a simple Aussie wedding. On the other hand, Pakistani Australian Muslim Hassan faces a dilemma. He loves Rose, a Filipino Catholic, but his parents have already arranged his marriage to his first cousin back in Pakistan. Should he marry a woman he didn’t love or disobey his parents and follow his heart?

When Aussie plasterer Scott fell head over heels in love with Ethiopian nanny Eskii, he had no idea how complicated planning their wedding would be. Eskii’s parents are insisting she includes as many traditional Ethiopian elements as possible. She’s pushed to breaking point trying to keep her family happy whilst making sure Scott feels included in his own wedding. Meanwhile, Greek Australian George always thought he’d marry a Greek girl in an Orthodox Church. Things changed when he met a Malaysian Indian doctor, Ranmeet, a Sikh who dreams of a traditional wedding in a Sikh temple. They understand each other’s desire for a religious wedding, so they’ve found a unique solution – two weddings in two countries! Only glitch – Ranmeet must convert to Greek Orthodox and George must take on a new Sikh name.

Next up is Iranian Australian Pariya who found her perfect match in Macedonian migrant, Viktor. Pariya’s mother is expecting a full Persian wedding for her only child and Viktor is keen to oblige. As the couple start to organise the ostentatious, blingy wedding, Pariya, sick of Victor not helping, hands the whole thing over to her betrothed. He must now keep his exacting fiancée and emotional mother-in-law happy and not break any Iranian traditions along the way. When Australia legalised same-sex marriages in December 2017, Pagan Druid David and his Jewish partner Darren rushed to set a date. They are having a legal wedding that incorporates both of their religions. The ceremony is in two distinct halves and sparks fly when both want control over the day.

SBS Head of Documentaries, Joseph Maxwell, said: “SBS commissions documentaries that explore Australia’s diversity. ‘Marry Me Marry My Family’ provides a unique insight into the lives of Australians who are facing one of the most important events of their lives. It captures intimate and heart-warming moments and explores the realities of navigating family expectations, traditions and values in modern multicultural Australia.”

The series will also be subtitled in Simplified Chinese and Arabic and will be added to the subtitled collection on SBS On Demand, available immediately following its premiere on SBS. Earlier this year, SBS launched the Chinese and Arabic collections featuring a range of diverse dramas, documentaries and current affairs programs to enable growing multicultural communities to engage with local and international stories in their first language

Marry Me Marry My Family S2 is a CJZ production for SBS. Principal production investment from SBS in association with Screen Australia.

Marry Me Marry My Family S2 airs over three weeks, premiering Tuesday 7 January at 8.30pm on SBS and SBS On Demand.

Source: SBS media release


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