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Contestants in transsexual show to sue Sky
Six men are suing Sky TV after they took part in a reality TV show in which they competed to win the affections of a beautiful woman - who later turned out to be a man waiting for a sex-change operation. The contestants have instructed law firm Schillings, which specialises in media cases, to begin legal proceedings against Sky One and the show's producer, independent company Brighter Pictures. The men claim they were tricked into kissing, cuddling and holding hands with the "woman", Miriam, and say it was only after three weeks of filming that they were told she was male. While viewers know from the start that Miriam is a male-to-female transsexual, the contestants, who include a Royal Marine commando, a ski instructor and an ex-lifeguard, only discover the truth when Miriam picks the winner and then lifts up her skirt. The programme, There's Something About Miriam, is due to be broadcast on November 16 but the contestants are now trying to stop it going on air. A central element of the case is said to revolve around whether contracts the six men signed - giving Sky permission to broadcast the show before filming began - are legally binding. It pitted seven single men - all aged between 20 and 35 and described as "lively and outgoing" - against each other in a contest to win Miriam's affections. Members of the Brighter Pictures production team on the show are said to have been very upset by what happened and have offered to help the contestants in their legal action. Cameras filmed the men attempting to woo Miriam, including scenes of them kissing and fondling her.
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