There's Something About Miriam

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There's Something About Miriam was a reality television show filmed in 2003 and aired in the UK on Sky One in February 2004, in Australia by Network Ten in May 2004 and in Poland by TVN in January 2005. It featured six men wooing bachelorette Miriam Rivera, not knowing that she was a pre-operative transsexual woman.

Producers warned the contestants that there "would be shocks and surprises along the way..." This led contestants to wonder about Miriam for the first few days, even jokingly suggest that "she was a he". A spokesperson claims that producers never referred to Miriam by her gender identity or biological sex. However, the Australian promotion of the show uses the byline "she is a he," which may be considered offensive by some members of the transsexual community.

Throughout filming, the "leggy" Mexican native and contestants got to "know each other as friends and had a lot of fun", according to Miriam. In response to allegations that she revealed her big secret by lifting up her skirt, she was quoted as saying "I want to say that I would never lift my skirt up on national TV. My mother brought me up very well."

Following the completion of the show, the contestants sued the producers of the show, resulting in a cash settlement of 300,000 for each contestant. Miriam herself went on to become a guest in the fourth series of Big Brother Australia.

The male contestants on the show were: Dom, Scott, Aron, Tom, Mark and Toby. Tom eventually won the prize money and the trip with Miriam, which he agreed to at first, then rejected the offer later in the show.

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