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... Arranged marriages to air on British TV Arranged marriages to air on British TV

30 October 2007

The Asian tradition of arranged marriages will be gracing our screens, as Arrange Me a Marriage comes to BBC2 next month.

The show will be hosted by Aneela Rahman, who has been dubbed the Asian Cilla Black.

She has been married to her husband for 15 years, with whom she had an arranged marriage.

Arranged marriage philosophies are built around the idea that, since the marriage has the full support of the families, if there is a bad patch, the families will be on hand to help, a lesson that may be of use to people in the UK as the divorce rate continues to creep up.

She said: "Most Asians are introduced to potential partners by the people who know them best - their families and friends - and the suitors are selected in a very matter-of-fact way based on who might be most compatible.

"My approach to arranging marriages is pragmatic, focusing on compatibility - looking at shared goals, background, values, education, earning potential, but love and attraction is also very important."ADNFCR-1043-ID-18336488-ADNFCR