Suitors blast ‘Miriam’

Skein's competitors claimed they were tricked

LONDON — Six male Brit contestants are trying to ban entertainment web Sky One from broadcasting a reality show in which they are seen competing for the affections of a woman who is revealed to be a male-to-female transsexual.

In “There’s Something About Miriam,” the men claim they were tricked into kissing, cuddling and holding hands with the “woman” but were told Miriam was a transsexual only after they had signed consent forms that give the satcaster permission to broadcast the show. Program is skedded to air Nov. 16.

A rep for the program makers said they had made a point of never referring to Miriam as a woman when getting the contestants to take part. “As Miriam is a transsexual, I would never refer to her as male or female. She is a gorgeous creature,” he said.

The contestants, who include a Royal Marine commando, a ski instructor and an ex-lifeguard, have instructed law firm Schillings, which specializes in media cases, to begin legal proceedings against Sky One and the show’s producer, Brighter Pictures.