Undateables bring back the real romance

Doncaster Free Press reporter Kate Mason.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1594LM
Doncaster Free Press reporter Kate Mason. Picture: Liz Mockler D1594LM

they say the path to true love never runs smooth but some are faced with a rockier road than most.

And the creators of channel 4 show The Undateables have tapped into this with a second instalment of their series about disability and dating.

From a tourettes sufferer who swears at his dates rather than swoons at them to an autistic man who puts women off with his over enthusiasm - all the suitors featured have one common goal, to find love.

I have always been a fan of dating shows ever since Cilla Black delivered a lorra lorra laughs with Blind Date. And I make a point of recording Take Me Out, that mainly features overly picky women wanting their five minutes of fame but nevertheless is easy viewing.

So I was eager to tune into this dating show with a difference.

The programme came in for criticism with claims it was exploiting disabled people and I feared it would be car crash TV - the kind you can’t take your eyes off but leaves you feeling a bit guilty.

But I am pleased to report that the programme strikes the perfect balance telling the tales of the dating highs and lows with affection and sensitivity with some amusement along the way.

I was a fan of the first series and couldn’t wait to watch the second series currently showing on Channel 4 on Tuesday’s at 9pm.

One of the most inspiring people featured so far is 18-year-old Sarah who had led a perfectly normal life until she had a stroke that played havoc with her communication skills.

Whilst most people would die of embarrassment at having their mum sift through their facebook or text messages Sarah now relies on her mum to help her communicate with friends and potential boyfriends.

Meanwhile Michael, who has autism and a comprehensive list of 17 exes, enjoyed a date thanks to help from a speed dating session.

Probably the most touching was tourette’s sufferer Brent whose condition deteriorated in the run up to his date due to nerves but seemed to completely vanish after he became so comfortable in his date’s company.

I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of scrutinising potential suitors in the past, moaning about their credentials or failing to text back because they turned up in the wrong type of shoes but this show brings back real romance to our screens and leaves an old romantic like myself uplifted.