A COUPLE who appeared on Channel 4 programme Four in a Bed have revealed how bosses stir up drama, as well as the “game plans” needed to win the show.
The popular series involves four sets of B&B owners who take it in turns to stay with one another – and its damning behind the scenes secrets have been revealed.
In an exclusive interview with Metro, Julie and Neale – who own Copperfields Vegetarian Guest House – spoke about their experiences after winning the hit Channel 4 programme.
Standing out from the crowd can be tough, but Julie and Neale reckon a unique theme can make a big impression on viewers.
“I think because we’re a vegetarian B&A, that helped,” Julie said.
“They do love a bit of controversy, and people love to hate the veggies.”
When applying to get onto the show, Neale revealed that answering questions have huge repercussions on the programme – and advised applicants to answer wisely.
He said: “We had to rearrange the whole of one of our rooms and change our clothes because they weren’t very camera friendly.
“They just asked us lots of questions, the importance of which we realised later because the questions she asked very much affected who they pair you with on the show.”
The preliminary interview shapes who the show pairs contestants up with – and Neale and Julie wish they’d known that at the time.
Julie added: “They asked us things like ‘What do you hate most when you go to another bed and breakfast?’
“If you were to say, ‘I hate dogs,’ then they pit you against someone who had dogs.
"We didn’t realise at the time, we were just quite honest and upfront. So they pitted us with a Scottish couple who were very much meat-oriented."
Explaining their plan to win the show, Julie concluded: “We tried to be as non-controversial as possible, which might be a bit lame, but we thought what we were doing was basically trying to get an advert on the telly for the bed and breakfast.
“Even if you win, but you win really nastily and undercut everybody, by coming out the winner, people aren’t going to want to stay with you anyway.”
Four in a Bed is available to watch on All4.
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