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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 Worst Episodes of The Undateables

#1 - Sam, Jodie and Hannah


Season 11 - Episode 2

Sam, who's never had a date, is looking for love, Jodie is looking for someone to explore the world with and Hannah, who plays ice hockey for Team GB, is looking for an action man.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Undateables from 6 votes.

#2 - Michael, Brent and Sarah


Season 2 - Episode 1

Twenty-six-year-old Michael is determined to find someone to love, but is struggling to hold down a relationship. Despite having had 17 girlfriends in the past, some of whom lasted only a few days, his autism means that even holding a conversation with a girl can be a huge challenge. He goes to a speed-dating evening and then, after a pep talk from his mum, he pulls out all the stops on a blind date with Helen. Twenty-one-year-old Brent, from Plymouth, has been single for nearly a year since coming out of a long-term relationship. Meeting girls can be hard when he doesn't know what might come out of his mouth on a date. Brent's Tourette's syndrome includes shouting, swearing and involuntary movements, but dating can help with his condition. He goes on a date with Lizzie and they then go snow-boarding. Sarah from Hertfordshire was 18 when she suffered a stroke during an English lesson. Three and a half years later, she has a condition called expressive aphasia which makes communication extremely difficult. Any kind of social interaction is a huge challenge, let alone dating. Sarah goes boating with city worker Gary; could he be the man she's been looking for?

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Undateables from 35 votes.

#3 - Justin, Shaine and Carolyne


Season 1 - Episode 2

The cameras follow Shaine from Bournemouth. He is a prolific amateur poet who suffers with a learning disability and desperate to find love. Carolyne is a bubbly 29-year-old from Greater Manchester who is fed up with always meeting the wrong guy. She woke up five years ago after going to bed paralysed from the chest down after a weak blood vessel burst in her spinal cord. The cameras follow her after she meets a man called Wayne.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Undateables from 41 votes.

#4 - Richard, Luke and Penny


Season 1 - Episode 1

The first episode features Richard, an amateur radio enthusiast, who has Asperger's. Richard will only date a woman who lives within a five-mile radius, and won't eat on a date. Meanwhile, 23-year old Luke is a stand-up comedian who has Tourette's. He's got an active social life and a good group of friends, but in a world where first impressions are everything, he's petrified of approaching a girl for fear of calling her a slag - or worse. How will Luke cope when he meets Lucy, a part-time receptionist, who's never known anyone with Tourette's before? Trainee teacher Penny, 23, has a genetic disorder that means her bones are extremely brittle. She's never been on a date before, and is worried about getting left behind. Penny is three feet three inches tall. Her ideal man is a 6 foot tall policeman. Will Max - who is 5ft 11ins - measure up?

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Undateables from 54 votes.

#5 - Kate, Damian and Oliver


Season 2 - Episode 3

This time the Undateables include Kate, an incurable romantic, and Damian, whose dream date is a moonlit picnic in the park. Amateur poet Kate is 29-years-old and has Down's Syndrome. When not working, Kate writes verse or watches rom coms. She dreams of finding her perfect man and future husband. Having been single for nine years, Kate decides that it's time to turn to dating agency Stars in the Sky for help. The agency sets her up on a blind date with 32-year-old year old Simon, and they visit a maze in Ross-on-Wye. The date goes well, and they arrange to meet for a second time. Damian has albinism and must spend much of his time indoors. He has been single for four years. Oliver is an artist who paints romantic scenes of his own imaginary love life. Diagnosed with autism when he was two years old, he often finds social situations difficult. When Oliver meets Amy at a disco, they decide to go on a date together and he ends up plucking up the courage to ask her to be his girlfriend. Are Oliver's single days over?

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Undateables from 30 votes.

#6 - Two Weddings and a Baby


Season 4 - Episode 5

This special episode follows some success stories from previous shows, as Brent and Steve plan to pop the question to their girlfriends and Carolyne prepares to become a mum.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Undateables from 28 votes.

#7 - George, David and Claire


Season 5 - Episode 3

Ex-footballer George, who is paralysed from the chest down, meets Nathalie, while magician David, who has a learning disability, goes on a first date with Claire

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Undateables from 40 votes.

#8 - Heather, Gareth and Matthew


Season 2 - Episode 4

Heather has severe OCD. Gareth has brittle bones and has broken his legs over 150 times. Matthew has autism. Can the three of them find partners? Thirty-eight-year-old Heather's OCD means she cannot have any physical contact due to her fear of contamination by people's germs and hasn't invited anyone into her home for years. Heather also has Asperger's, making things such as eye-contact very hard for her. Heather goes on her first date in three years, with Peter. Twenty-eight-year-old Gareth has osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) which makes his bones extremely brittle. He has broken his legs more than 150 times in his life, and uses a wheelchair. 'I just don't want to die a 40-year-old virgin', he says. Gareth takes Beth on a date to a seafront restaurant, but will they hit it off? Matthew is 20 years old and is a student at a college in Milton Keynes. He is keen on karate and indie music. Despite a busy and fulfilling life, Matthew has autism and has never had a girlfriend . For his first ever date, Matthew takes Nicola from St Albans, who also has autism, to an Indian restaurant. Will he be able to get over the fact that she is a Peter Andre fan?

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Undateables from 26 votes.

#9 - Tim, Ali and Alec


Season 4 - Episode 2

The experiences of 35-year-old Tim, who has a mild learning disability and has wanted to marry for many years. When he meets Laura, 27, will he reveal he's already planned every detail of his wedding day? Essex boy Ali has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, and at 4ft 2, the 22-year-old is used to being the centre of attention on a night out, yet has never had a girlfriend. When he meets Kirsty, his nerves threaten to get the better of him and ruin the date. Finally, 27-year-old raver Alec has Saethre-Chotzen syndrome, a rare genetic condition characterised by the fusion of cranial features. Too nervous to approach girls himself, he turns to a dating agency for help and before long plans are made for him to meet research scientist Charlie.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Undateables from 25 votes.

#10 - Luke, Sam & Becky


Season 8 - Episode 1

Rugby player Luke from Hull has Tourette's syndrome and finds it hard to control his physical and vocal tics. With a job as a chef, a degree in science and health, and a great set of friends, Luke believes finding a girlfriend is the final piece of the puzzle. Bookseller Sam from Cambridgeshire longs for the romance he reads about in novels. Sam has Asperger's. He is gay and finds the scene intimidating, but is ready to put himself out there. Photography graduate Becky from north London is a self-confessed romantic. Becky has scoliosis, a genetic condition that causes a curvature of the spine. Becky has never had a boyfriend, but is determined to do something about it.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Undateables from 30 votes.

#11 - Nisar, Daniel & Fatima
Season 8 - Episode 2

Trainee accountant and Bollywood fan Nisar has a stammer, grunge-lover Daniel has Asperger's and fashionista Fatmina has dwarfism

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Undateables from 18 votes.

#12 - Richard, James, Tom & Daniel
Season 6 - Episode 5

Catching up with former participants as they continue to search for love, including one who has been on several first dates but never managed to get a second.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Undateables from 38 votes.

#13 - Hadyn, Sam and Kali
Season 1 - Episode 3

The cameras follow media student Sam from Kent who is suffering with Down's Syndrome. The 27-year-old has appeared in the television shows The Inbetweeners and EastEnders and has a supportive family life, but wants to find a girlfriend. The cameras also follow Kali, a 20-year-old singer from south London, has William's Syndrome who is desperate to find love.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Undateables from 29 votes.

#14 - Sam, Kate & Ian
Season 6 - Episode 1

Postman Sam has Asperger's syndrome. Kate has narcolepsy. Ian is going blind. Can they find love?

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Undateables from 69 votes.

#15 - Jason, Souleyman & Charley
Season 7 - Episode 1

Jason is a transport buff with autism. Vlogger Charley has cerebral palsy. And Souleyman is a sprinter going blind, whose search for love is a race against the clock.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Undateables from 36 votes.

#16 - James, Tammy and Tom
Season 5 - Episode 1

Can James overcome his Asperger's on a first date with Chloe? Will Tammy get over her first date nerves? And as Tom prepares to meet with Megan, what will he reveal of his Tourette's and Asperger's?

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Undateables from 57 votes.

#17 - Ruth, Daniel and Michael Revisited
Season 4 - Episode 4

The show catches up with Ruth, Daniel and Michael as they continue their quest to find love. Daniel, who has autism, goes on a bowling date with Charley, and Ruth meets comedian Nathalie

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Undateables from 25 votes.

#18 - Michael and Zena
Season 11 - Episode 5

Fine art student Michael expresses his emotions through his work, but there's one emotion he's yet to paint: love. And showgirl Zena is looking for someone to settle down with.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Undateables from 5 votes.

#19 - Michael, Tobi & Emily
Season 10 - Episode 1

Award-winning series The Undateables returns with new singletons looking for love. Poetry lover Michael has spent years studying the literature of love but he's had precious few opportunities to try out his own romantic lines. Michael has Asperger's, a form of autism, and has been single for over 14 years. Dance teacher Tobi is fearless on the dance floor.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Undateables from 17 votes.

#20 - James, Lucas and Tom
Season 5 - Episode 2

James has a learning disability and hasn't had a girlfriend in 10 years. Lucas has facial dysplasia and wants to conquer his fear of being rejected. And Tom is looking for love of the magical kind.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Undateables from 43 votes.

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