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The Undateables

The Undateables

Channel 4 2012

Looking for love can be tricky, but some find it harder than others. Add disability to the equation and it can sometimes seem almost impossible. This uplifting three-part series follows the journeys of several extraordinary singletons as they enter the dating circuit in pursuit of love.From a stand-up comedian with Tourettes and a trapeze artist with brittle bones, to a media student with Down's Syndrome, an amateur poet with a learning disability, and a skateboarder with a facial disfigurement, the series follows them as they enter the world of blind dates, matchmakers and speed dating.With the help of Searchmate, one of the UK's leading personal introductions agencies, and Stars in the Sky, a specialist dating agency for people with learning difficulties, The Undateables explores the realities of looking for love in an image-obsessed world, where too many people make snap judgements based on first impressions - and even consider some to be 'undateable'.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Undateables

#1 - Ray, Jason & Luke (Season 9 - Episode 4)

The show catches up with charity worker Ray, who celebrates his first anniversary with Christine. And plane spotter Jason and Luke from Hull resume their searches for The One.

The episode was rated 8.50 from 14 votes.


#2 - Charlotte, Mitch, James (Season 9 - Episode 1)

The Return of the programme following disabled people searching for romance, including a woman with aspergers.

The episode was rated 8.35 from 20 votes.

#3 - Richard, Lizzie, Eddie & Sam (Season 7 - Episode 4)

Richard is 43 and autistic and last year managed his first ever second date. Can he now build on this success with Anna? There's also postman Sam. And the show also catches up with Lizzie and Eddie.

The episode was rated 8.29 from 21 votes.

#4 - Shaine, Lily, Ray & George (Season 7 - Episode 5)

Poet Shaine and Gemma celebrate their first anniversary, as ghosthunter Lily and charity worker Ray go looking for love again

The episode was rated 8.05 from 19 votes.


#5 - Rhys, Joshua & Kaia (Season 7 - Episode 2)

James Bond fanatic Rhys is from Swansea. The law graduate is autistic and struggles to read signals, meaning he is never sure whether a girl fancies him. Joshua is 22 and from Chichester. Joshua is a keen gardener. He is autistic and can sometimes find social situations difficult, but he now feels ready to find a girlfriend. Cooking enthusiast Kaia from Berkshire is profoundly deaf. Can Kaia win over the man of her dreams with her culinary skills?

The episode was rated 8.04 from 28 votes.

#6 - Rory, Roland & Molly (Season 9 - Episode 2)

Rory has Asperger's and hopes to meet a girl who shares his love of horror films. Roland wants a leading lady to serenade. And animal lover Molly seeks a soulmate.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 21 votes.

#7 - Alex, Jason & Tom (Season 8 - Episode 4)

Alex has been single since breaking up with his girlfriend a year and a half ago. Proud owner of a new sports car, the 24-year-old is ready to re-join the dating scene. But Alex, who's autistic, struggles to talk to new people, especially girls. He's hoping his date with Ellie, at the zoo, will accelerate him back into the fast lane of dating. Identical twin Jason is an airplane buff. The 25-year-old, who has Asperger's, longs to meet his own co-pilot, but has a tendency to rush into relationships too quickly. In a new career move, rugby player Tom, from Bridgend, has taken to the catwalk. But while his model looks mean he's not short of attention, the 28-year-old has Tourette's and Asperger's, which makes him shy when speaking to girls.

The episode was rated 7.82 from 17 votes.


#8 - Jordan, Paige & Sam (Season 9 - Episode 3)

Three singletons go looking for love: personal trainer Jordan, who suffers from speech problems; vlogger Paige, who has cerebral palsy; and basketball player Sam from Shropshire.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 21 votes.

#9 - Wedding Bells (Season 5 - Episode 5)

Steve, who has Crouzon syndrome, prepares to marry Vicky, while Matthew is concerned that his stammer may hinder his bid to propose to Jessica

The episode was rated 7.75 from 36 votes.

#10 - Amber, Richard & Nick (Season 8 - Episode 3)

The love-seekers this time include Amber, who suffered a major stroke eight years ago. Having learned to walk and talk again, Amber's ready to find her Prince Charming. There's also Nick and Richard.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 19 votes.

#11 - Tom, Esther & Thomas
Season 10 - Episode 2

This episode features the romantic adventures of autistic film aficionado Tom, nurse Esther, who has a large birth mark on her face, and Thomas, a deaf sports science student.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
#12 - Sam, Donovan & Katy
Season 7 - Episode 3

Movie fanatic Sam may be born and bred in Kent, but with a love of all things American, he sounds more Hollywood than British. Sam, who is autistic, is looking for his leading lady and hopes his collection of 44 bottles of aftershave might help. At 35, robotics engineer Donovan is the last one in his group of friends to find love. Donovan has brittle bones which has lead to over 80 fractures in his life. His condition has also affected his growth - at around 4'10', he feels his height puts women off. Can he bag his first ever second date? Katy, a careworker from Gloucester, has been single for a year and is eager to find love. Katy has Tourette's syndrome and wants to find a man who will accept her for who she is.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.
#13 - Michael, Ray, Brent, Kate and Steve
Season 3 - Episode 3

This episode catches up some memorable daters from previous episodes, including incurable romantic Kate has always dreamed of meeting her future husband. Last year Kate turned to a dating agency for help, and was set up on a blind date with Simon. Twelve months later and Kate and Simon are still going strong. Twenty-seven-year-old Michael has recently hooked-up with Jennifer, who he's known her for several years, though they've never dated before. But Michael's autism makes it hard for him to understand the rules of dating and he has a habit of rushing things. Ray is a 50-year-old office training manager with a learning disability. When Ray met Jeanette, cupid struck, and the couple are still together. Last time around Brent had just broken up with his childhood sweetheart, but his Tourette's syndrome made it hard to go on dates. And 31-year-old Steve, who has Crouzon syndrome, finds himself back on the dating scene. Will 25-year-old Sophie be the woman for him?

The episode was rated from 21 votes.
#14 - Alex, Matthew and Daniella
Season 4 - Episode 1

Return of the documentary following people with a range of restrictive conditions as they search for romance. Alex, 21, is extremely nervous around new people because of his autism, and has never been on a date. Passionate about fast cars, he decides to take Eloise to a race at Brands Hatch. Professional artist's model Matthew, 31, feels his stammer has hindered his success in love, while 27-year-old Daniella has Apert syndrome, a rare genetic condition that means she was born with the bones in her hands, feet and skull fused together. Could her first-ever date lead to a relationship?

The episode was rated from 26 votes.
#15 - Richard, Chris and Christina
Season 4 - Episode 3

Richard, who has Asperger syndrome, has high hopes for his posh afternoon tea at a five star hotel with Tammy, while Chris, paralysed from the chest down, longs to find lasting love.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
#16 - Ray, Becky & Shaine
Season 10 - Episode 3

The show catches up with some familiar faces, including Leeds fan Ray, photographer Becky, and poet Shaine, who marks two years with his girlfriend on a special trip to London.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
#17 - Eddie, Lily & Pani
Season 6 - Episode 2

Musician Eddie, who is autistic, meets Cassie for a date. Josh and Lily, who has Williams syndrome, go for a date at a haunted house. And Pani, who has dwarfism, meets Ellen.

The episode was rated from 39 votes.
#18 - John, Ruth and Zoe
Season 3 - Episode 2

The dates this time include John, who hopes to put his Asperger's to one side and meet his first ever girlfriend. There's also bisexual jazz singer Ruth, and the incurably romantic Zoe. Twenty-one-year-old John has Asperger syndrome, which, for him, means he struggles to understand how relationships work and makes him prone to anxiety. But if meeting the women from the dating agency makes him panic, how will he cope on an actual date? Ruth is a 27-year-old jazz singer from north London. Charismatic and talented, she's looking for someone to form a meaningful relationship with, but her Tourette's syndrome can make dating tricky. Will 29-year-old bar manager Dan or 24-year-old film industry worker Jen be the man, or woman, for Ruth? Zoe is 24 years old and has a very rare condition called Mosaic Down syndrome which affects only 2% of people with Down's. Zoe spends her days dreaming of her perfect wedding. Will her date, 31-year-old Nsimba, be the future husband Zoe has been hoping to meet?

The episode was rated from 18 votes.
#19 - Revisit
Season 2 - Episode 5

This episode revisits Richard, an amateur radio enthusiast with Asperger's, and comedian Luke, who has Tourette's. There's also 32-year-old Shaine from Bournemouth, a prolific amateur poet with a learning disability who's written over 3000 love poems, some for complete strangers. Sam, from Kent, is a media student and actor with Down's syndrome who's appeared in The Inbetweeners and EastEnders. Last year, having never been on a date before, Sam fell in love with 28-year-old Jolene and, seven months on, the romance is still going strong.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
#20 - Jamie, Luke & Lizzie
Season 6 - Episode 3

Jamie, who has Asperger's, has his first date. Luke, who's autistic, uses his language skills to impress Alice. And Lizzie, who has a learning disability, dreams of finding love.

The episode was rated from 33 votes.

Last updated: nov 14, 2022


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