The Week the Women Went (4 x 60′) – Can you imagine a world without women? Which gender is more capable of running society’s day-to-day functions? What impact is today’s shift in gender roles having on the world? This series removes the women from one American town to explore modern gender roles and find out what happens when all of the women leave town, leaving the remaining men to run their households, businesses and community on their own.
Based on the ground-breaking British social experiment format from the BBC, The Week the Women Went focuses on the tight-knit community of Yemassee, South Carolina, from which its women left for one week this past fall. With the women escaping to an isolated site, the town’s men are left to handle all responsibilities –ranging from making the kids’ breakfast and putting them to bed to maintaining their households and coordinating events – many of which resulted in unforeseen issues forcing them to create a new perspective on life during the seven day experience. Filled with a wide range of dramatic challenges and shocking emotions, the series reveals what the men and women of Yemassee learn about themselves and their roles in the home, relationships and society as close friendships are tested, unsung heroes recognized, old rivalries renewed and deep secrets exposed during their time apart.
Yemassee, located more than 240 miles northwest of Atlanta, was selected after an extensive search that included nearly 100 towns in the U.S. Relationship expert, author and television commentator Dr. Wendy Walsh will narrate the program.
The Week the Women Went first debuted on BBC Three in the U.K. in 2005, when it quickly became one of the channel’s highest-rated unscripted entertainment series of the year. The program has since been successfully formatted in a number of international territories, including Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, India, Norway, Morocco and Sweden.
Producer: BBC Worldwide Productions
TX: 14th August 2012
Source: BBC Worldwide press release