Would you spy on your boyfriend’s lads’ holiday if given the chance?
That is the premise of new Channel 5 reality show Undercover Girlfriends, which sees five suspicious women use hidden cameras to watch their partners as they soak up the sun in Marbella.
The men believe they’ve been sent on the VIP getaway to film a TV series about lads’ trips, but what they don’t know is that their luxury villa has been rigged with cameras and microphones and that their girlfriends and fiancees who are secretly keeping tabs on their every move.
The women use scheming, high-tech technology, and a range of comical disguises to put their boyfriends to the test, and it’s not long before they spot their boyfriends chatting up other women.
Their hope is to answer important questions about their relationships – and to find out if they are really with ‘the one’.
Channel 5 reality show Undercover Girlfriends, which sees five suspicious women use hidden cameras to watch their partners as they soak up the sun in Marbella. Pictured, back row: Rosie, Lawrence, Claudia, Craig, Marco. Middle row: Liam, Ryan, Ericka, Nicole. Front row: Tyler
The men don’t know their luxury villa has been rigged with cameras and microphones and that living just next door are their respective girlfriends and fiancees who are secretly keeping tabs on their every move. Pictured, the surveillance room where women watch the action unfold
One of the couples is Nicole, 24, and Marco, 22, from London, who were together for two years before taking a year-long break when trust issues tore them apart.
During that time Marco became a father after sleeping with another woman, leaving Nicole ‘distraught’.
The pair reunited two months before going on the show and Nicole is determined to find out if he’ll stay faithful.
To lead him to temptation, Nicole ropes in another woman in the villa, Rosie, 21, and asks her to try and seduce her boyfriend at a beach bar.
However her plan unravels when another woman grabs Marco’s attention before Rosie has a chance to speak to him, leaving Nicole so furious she storms off camera.
One of the couples is Nicole, 24, and Marco, 22, who were together for two years before taking a year-long break when trust issues tore them apart. Nicole is left devastated when she sees her boyfriend flirting with a mystery blonde (above) – unaware that his girlfriend’s watching
Nicole, pictured, watches behind-the-scenes as Marco flirts with another woman. The couple recently reunited after taking a year-long break, during which time Marco became a father
Fellow cast member Ericka, left, supports Nicole, right, as she waits to see whether Marco will remain faithful. The women want to learn whether their partners are really ‘the one’
Meanwhile Rosie, 21, from Hull, is concerned that her boyfriend of five months Liam, 31, isn’t looking for a serious relationship, despite her moving to London to be with him.
At one point he admits on camera that he initially found her a bit ‘too keen’ – not realising his girlfriend is watching behind the scenes.
For 22-year-old Tyler, the TV experiment is an opportunity to see if boyfriend Ryan, 23, can make up for cheating seven months into their relationship.
Claudia, 27, is worried about her four-year age gap with toy boy Lawrence, 23.
Lawrence has never been on a lads’ holiday but he is quick to get stuck in with the antics when Rosie – on a secret mission with Claudia – asks him to apply suncream.
Three of the men, pictured, enjoy an outing to a beach bar in Marbella and do not realise that their girlfriends have sent a woman to try and catch them being unfaithful
The only couple that seem certain of each other are Craig, 25, and Ericka, 22, who got engaged after just eight months together.
He says: ‘This is going to sound cheesy as hell but she is literally the most beautiful girl ever.’
But Ericka has lingering doubts over whether they will go the distance and questions whether they know everything they need to about each other before tying the knot.
When the women come clean at the end of the week, the couples’ relationships will either come closer together – or be pushed further apart.
CRAIG, 25, AND ERICKA, 22
Craig, 25, and Ericka, 22, got engaged after just eight months together. But Ericka has lingering doubts over whether they will go the distance and questions whether they know everything they need to about each other before tying the knot
RELATIONSHIP: EIGHT MONTHS, ENGAGED
On the surface, Ericka and Craig are a young, happily engaged couple who are busy planning the rest of their lives together. The problem is, they’ve only known each other for eight months.
After a chance encounter in the local, the two hit it off, began dating, quickly fell in love, met each other’s families and became a serious couple.
Fast forward six months and romantic Craig dropped to one knee in Rome to propose.
Now, two months into their engagement, the pair live together, have a kitten and two dogs, and are busy saving for the big day.
But is all as picture perfect as it may seem? And behind the engagement bliss, does Ericka really know all there is to know about her future husband?
ROSIE, 21 AND LIAM, 31
Rosie, 21, from Hull, is concerned that her boyfriend of five months Liam, 31, isn’t looking for a serious relationship, despite her moving to London to be with him
RELATIONSHIP: FIVE MONTHS
Fun-loving party couple Rosie and Liam are enjoying their fast paced new relationship and have bonded over their shared love of alcohol.
Rosie is worried that she is in way over her head as she has developed feelings for Liam but wants to know where she stands with him.
The Yorkshire lass has been whisked up in Liam’s VIP London lifestyle and has well and truly succumbed to his charms but thinks he’ll be seduced by the models he’s surrounded by on nights out.
The pair are yet to truly open up to one another but they definitely know how to party – but Rosie wants to know if Liam is able to be more than just the Good Time Guy.
She wants to push past the honeymoon phase and become a serious and committed couple.
TYLER, 22 AND RYAN, 23
For 22-year-old Tyler, the TV experiment is an opportunity to see if boyfriend Ryan, 23, can make up for cheating on her seven months into their relationship
RELATIONSHIP: 18 MONTHS
Seven months into their relationship, Tyler and Ryan’s love story came crashing down when he went to London with work and ended up sleeping with another woman.
Tyler found out and she couldn’t believe his betrayal, but three months and some fiery fall outs later, she decided to forgive him.
The couple are now strong and Ryan is committed to righting his wrongs but no matter how hard he tries to convince her he’s changed, Tyler still finds it hard to trust Ryan and can’t help but check up on his every move.
How will Ryan fair when sent away on a lad’s holiday? Can Ryan prove once and for all he is no longer the man he was and change his ways? Can they move on from their tumultuous past and look ahead to buying their first home together?
MARCO, 22, AND NICOLE, 24
Nicole, 24, and Marco, 22, were together for two years before taking a year-long break when trust issues tore them apart. They reunited two months before the show
RELATIONSHIP: TWO YEARS (HAD A BREAK, NOW TWO MONTHS)
Nicole and Marco’s relationship broke down due to trust issues after two years together.
They spent a year apart, attempting to date other people but continued to be drawn back to each other and have now been dating again for two months and are having a final attempt at making the relationship work.
Lively Nicole and laid back Marco, from London, believe they can have a successful relationship, however they are under no illusions that things need to change.
Nicole is concerned about Marco’s lies and has been cheated on in a previous relationship and can’t shake her trust issues.
She knows she needs to learn how to trust again and believes going under cover is the only way to learn how. Marco can’t wait for a laid back break with the lads.
CLAUDIA, 27, AND LAWRENCE, 23
Claudia, 27, is worried about her four-year age gap with toy boy Lawrence, 23
RELATIONSHIP: 11 MONTHS
Claudia and Lawrence, from Southampton, first met when they were both in relationships with other people but couldn’t stay away from each other.
They ended up cheating on their respective partners and getting together.
Claudia is worried about their four-year age gap and is concerned that Lawrence is a bit of a ‘closed book’.
Lawrence has never been on a lads holiday and Claudia is keen to send him on his way – but she’ll be keeping a close eye on him.
She wants to find out if Lawrence is as mature as he says he and take their relationship seriously or whether he will he get swept up in his first ever taste of lad-holiday freedo.
Lawrence loves going out with the lads and his role is always the class clown and is very excited to let loose but Claudia is scared that without her guidance, will she see a different side to Lawrence?
Undercover Girlfriend comes to Channel 5 stripped from Monday 3rd – Friday 7th September 10pm