'Love Island for grown ups' is coming to ITV - here's everything we know

The new show is looking for single parents to take part

Davina McCall at a red carpet event
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ITV has announced a brand new dating show for single parents - and everyone's calling it 'Love Island for grown ups'.

Following the Love Island final, fans of reality TV have been left with hole in their viewing schedule - save for the Love Island reunion, of course. Luckily, ITV have already set the wheels in motion for a brand new dating show, and it's being hailed as 'Love Island for grown ups'.

While the Love Island cast are always in their 20s - or some even as young as 19 - this new show is only open to single parents who's children are at least 18 years old. Now, ITV have announced the show's host, and we've got the details on everything else there is to know...

What is 'Love Island for grown ups'?

ITV's upcoming dating show The Romance Retreat is being called 'Love Island for grown ups', as it brings together single parents from an older demographic to that of the current Love Island with the goal of finding love.

ITV has said: "The fresh new dating format follows nominated single parents, from all over the UK, and from all walks of life, as they live together at a stunning country house with one objective: to find true love. Get the tissues at the ready as we witness the highs and the lows, the tears and the funny moments, of finding love again."

The Romance Retreat - which is a working title - has been backed by current Love Island host Maya Jama, who said when appearing on ITV's This Morning earlier this year that she thinks Love Island should be for "all ages," adding, "Get them all in, get the nans and grandads… maybe next time."

Who will host The Romance Retreat?

It has been officially confirmed that former Big Brother host Davina McCall will present The Romance Retreat.

Announcing the news on Instagram, Davina wrote to her followers, "Omg.. i manifested and it came true !! I’ll be hosting a brand NEW grown up dating series for ITV1 !!"

She added: "This is a show for single parents who have lived a life , have stories to tell about their dating pasts and deserve another chance at love and I’m gonna help you."

Davina McCall had made no secret of her desire to host the show, as she told Steven Bartlett on his Diary of a CEO podcast in January that she was "literally begging ITV to let me present mid-life Love Island. I could fill a villa in Love Island with middle-aged people with the best backstories you have ever heard in your life."

She added: "They’ve lived a life, they’re widows, they’re people who have been through horrific divorces. They are people who have split up with somebody and decided they want to try and go out with somebody of the same sex as them, like interesting people."

Davina McCall making a heart sign with her hands with a mountain range as the backdrop

(Image credit: Channel 4)

When will the Romance Retreat start?

ITV haven't confirmed a start date for The Romance Retreat yet, as casting hasn't taken place. 

However, we do know that the show is set to air later in 2023, and some reports have suggested that we can expect to see The Romance Retreat on screen as earlier as the summer, as ITV have requested that all applicants must be aged 18 from May 1.

How to apply for The Romance Retreat

Casting is currently open and you can apply for The Romance Retreat via ITV’s Be On TV page. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 March 2023, and the audition process has been open since Monday 16 January, with a finishing date not yet confirmed.

The application form states that the show requires the participation of both the parent and their child, who must be 18 years of age or over on or before 1 May 2023.

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Ellie is GoodtoKnow’s Family News Editor and covers all the latest trends in the parenting world - from relationship advice and baby names to wellbeing and self-care ideas for busy mums. Ellie is also an NCTJ-qualified journalist and has a distinction in MA Magazine Journalism from Nottingham Trent University and a first-class degree in Journalism from Cardiff University. Previously, Ellie has worked with BBC Good Food, The Big Issue, and the Nottingham Post, as well as freelancing as an arts and entertainment writer alongside her studies. When she’s not got her nose in a book, you’ll probably find Ellie jogging around her local park, indulging in an insta-worthy restaurant, or watching Netflix’s newest true crime documentary.