Dutch TV show seeks sperm donor

Thursday, 25 August 2005, 10:26 GMT 11:26 UK


The 'Sperm Show' has prompted Dutch politicians' debate
A new reality television show in the Netherlands which sees a woman search for a sperm donor is in the running to be made into a full series.

I Want Your Child And Nothing Else is among five programmes vying for a run on Dutch cable channel Talpa.

Viewers will decide on Saturday night which show they want to see more of.

Other contenders include the efforts of five prostitutes to set up a business, while two people who have never met before will become engaged.

Sparked debate

The pilot episode of the series featured the woman's appeal for a sperm donor and her desire to have children. Men are able to respond to the plea via e-mail.

The so-called "Sperm Show", if made into a full series, will conclude with the contestant's artificial insemination after she has chosen her donor.

The show has already sparked debate among Dutch parliamentarians.

Talpa TV, which began broadcasting earlier this month, is owned by television mogul John de Mol, responsible for the Big Brother format.

The television producer left Endemol last year, after having sold the company in 2000 for 3.7bn.

The majority of programming on the commercial station is to be produced in the Netherlands.

The station will broadcast the Dutch version of Big Brother. For this year's show it is reported that a pregnant contestant who is willing to give birth on air will be recruited.

Talpa also won the rights to show highlights of the Netherlands' main football league, the Eredivisie, ending 40 years of monopoly coverage by the country's public broadcaster NOS.