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The Undateables

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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, we follow them as they enter the world of blind dates, matchmakers and speed dating. Their quest to find love and companionship will take them on a journey of highs and lows, but all are open to finding "The One."

Director: Luke Sewell

Series Producer: Lucy Leveugle

Executive Producers: Vicky Hamburger, Walter Iuzzolino

Production Company: Betty TV

Commissioning Editor: Liam Humphreys

Episode 3/3, Tuesday 17th April, 9pm, Channel 4

In episode 3, we meet Sam, 27, from Kent - a media student and actor with Down's Syndrome who's appeared in The Inbetweeners and Eastenders. A lively, chatty guy with good friends and a supportive home life, Sam feels there's something missing - a girl: "I'd like a girlfriend to look after me and keep me company," he says, adding "Love feels like when your heart skips a beat." Despite having never kissed a girl, Sam's confident he knows what girls want - "My definition of love? Look after your girl. Give her romance." Sam's enlisted the help of Stars in the Sky - a specialist dating agency for people with learning difficulties - to help him find his girl.

20-year old singer, Kali, from South London has William's Syndrome - a rare genetic disorder that can lead to problems with development, and is also characterised by a very cheerful demeanour coupled with strong language skills. William's Syndrome makes Kali very sociable and chatty. She's had one boyfriend in the past, but now she's looking for a new boyfriend and reckons it would be especially nice to have someone to moan to at the end of the day. Kali is very close to her mum, Clare, who supports her daughter's hunt for a boyfriend as she would like her to be more independent. Kali begins her search at a party for people with learning difficulties where she hits the dance floor with a young man called Jimmy.

Hadyn is a 24-year-old skater and avid Chelsea supporter. He has Crouzon Syndrome - a facial condition for which he's already had 40 operations - and as a result he is also partially deaf. He has a twin brother, Ashley, who doesn't have Crouzon's: "He has a great life; he gets all the girls. We're twins, we're meant to be the same," says Hadyn. Hadyn describes one side of his face as "dead", and lacks the confidence it takes to approach girls. But with Ashley's support, he's turning to a dating agency for help in his search for love. "Love is basically life," he says. "It's a big world out there. I've just got to keep going till I find that connection." With Ashley's support, Hadyn gets out into the world of dating in a bid to find a keeper.

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, this touching series explores the realities of looking for love in our anonymous, fast-paced, image-obsessed world, where people make snap judgements or assumptions based on first impressions - and even consider some people to be ‘undateable'.

Episode 2/3, Tuesday 10th April, 9pm, Channel 4

In episode 2, we meet Shaine, 31, from Bournemouth - a prolific amateur poet with a learning disability who's written over 3,000 love poems, some for complete strangers. He can pen a lady a poem off the top of his head - but finds it hard to pluck up the courage to ask women out. Shaine has been in relationships before but hasn't been on a date for three years. A true romantic, he's looking for his muse and believes that "love is there somewhere. It's just very difficult to find". Now Shaine's decided it's time to be brave, find his "British spirit", and really begin the hunt for love. He's signed up for a speed-dating night for people with additional needs where he meets Jackie, whose blue eyes mesmerise him. Could a romance be on the cards?

Carolyne, a striking, bubbly 29-year-old from Greater Manchester, is sick of kissing frogs. She went to sleep one night five years ago and woke up the following morning paralysed from the chest down after a weak blood vessel burst in her spinal cord overnight. A year later, her decade-long relationship with her childhood sweetheart broke down, and although she's had plenty of dates since then, she's yet to find her soul mate. She's paired up with a young man called Wayne. He may not be her usual type - nor fit the bill of her ideal man, Peter Andre - but could he be Carolyne's Prince Charming?

Justin, 39, from the Midlands has neurofibromatosis 1 - a rare condition which means tumours grow on nerve tissue on his body - and in Justin's case, on his face. He's had 100 operations, but in the meantime, has missed out on love. An outgoing, lively guy, Justin has many friends but has never been on a date. Justin loves being around women: "Do I flirt? Is the Pope Catholic?!" he jokes. But all he really wants is to be "someone's Christmas present", and thinks "you never see the facially disfigured guy get the girl". Can the dating agency he signs up with prove him wrong when they send him on a date with Tracey?

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, this touching series explores the realities of looking for love in our anonymous, fast-paced, image-obsessed world, where people make snap judgements or assumptions based on first impressions - and even consider some people to be ‘undateable'.

Episode 1/3, Tuesday 3rd April, 9pm, Channel 4

In episode 1, we meet Richard, 37, an amateur radio enthusiast, who has Asperger's. He describes it as being like a radio that is "slightly off-tune". He hasn't been on a date for 20 years - bar one that lasted 20 minutes. His mum, Liz, is encouraging of her son's search for a life partner but knows his lack of flexibility will make it hard. He will only date a woman who lives within a 5-mile radius and won't eat on a date. But as Richard throws himself headfirst into the world of dating, he tries hard to be more flexible.

23-year old Luke is a stand-up comedian who has Tourettes. 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 something worse. "Girls scare the hell out of me," says Luke. "I'd rather take on a stage with 500 people than face one girl," he adds. So how will he cope when he comes down from Merseyside to London to meet Lucy, a part-time receptionist, who's never met anyone with Tourettes before?

Trainee teacher Penny, 23, has a genetic disorder that means her bones are extremely brittle. She's broken bones over 200 times, but still spends much of her free time up in the air as a trapeze artist. She's never been on a date before, and is worried about getting left behind as all her uni mates find boyfriends. Not one to let anything stop her - least of all her disability - she's on the hunt for someone who can "see past (her) wheelchair": "I can't wait to get dating really. Do the fun bit!" she says. Penny is 3 ft 3 tall, but this hasn't stunted her preference for men of a certain height, citing her ideal man as a 6 ft tall policeman. So will Max - who is 5ft 11ins - measure up?

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, this touching series explores the realities of looking for love in our anonymous, fast-paced, image-obsessed world, where people make snap judgements or assumptions based on first impressions - and even consider some people to be ‘undateable'.

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