“Wife Swap continues with the Ahmed family, a strict Pakistani Muslim family who pray five times a day and choose to wear the hijab. The backbone of their family philosophy is based on Islamic principles and their three teenage children are well-mannered, work hard and are very respectful of their parent’s wishes. Supermum Nuzhat works full time, studies, manages all the cooking and household chores, and keeps a keen eye on what her children are doing. Deborah Escott works as an admin director for a theatre company and is the sole breadwinner in her liberal family. Husband Andy is a musician and house husband who looks after their three-year-old daughter Emily and 16-year-old Becky, Debs’s daughter from a previous relationship. Becky has recently come out as a lesbian. Will these two very different mums ever see eye to eye? How will husband Shakil react when Deborah arranges for his two teenage daughters to attend a live music gig and how does Nuzhat deal with a rebellious teenage daughter whose sexuality is a direct challenge to her religious beliefs?
Despite real differnces in opinion about gender roles, sexuality, freedoms and cleanliness the participants demonstrated a certain willingness to accomodate each other (for example Mr Ahmed allowed Mrs Escott to drink wine in his house and was persuaded to allow his daughters to go to a rock concert), to see each other as humans worthy of respect, despite fundamental differences, and even learned from each other.
Hat tip: Unrealitytv.co.uk