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The Undateables TX: 5 Feb 2013, Week 6

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5/5, Tuesday 5th February, 9pm, Channel 4

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.

A year ago, a group of extraordinary singletons took their first steps into the world of dating. From a stand-up comedian with Tourette Syndrome to an amateur poet with a learning disability, we followed their highs and lows as they entered the world of blind dates, matchmakers and speed-dating.

This episode revisits many of the contributors from the uplifting first series of The Undateables. Life and love has moved on for all of them, but did Cupid's arrow hit the target or are they still trying to find The One?

Richard is a 38-year old amateur radio enthusiast who has Asperger's. He describes it as being like a radio that is "slightly off-tune". Last year he went on two dates. His first didn't want to meet him again, but the second was keen to take things further - although he wasn't: "she couldn't get her little hands around my biceps." Since then, he's been looking for a date - and is still keen to meet a woman who lives within a 5-mile radius of his Surrey home. His mother Liz is hopeful that this time he will be a bit more flexible, stretching to 8-miles. We follow Richard on a date with 40-year-old Russian therapist Anna. As well as learning some of his date's mother tongue, Richard's read up on Chernobyl, but will Anna want to talk about it?

32-year old Shaine from Bournemouth is a prolific amateur poet with a learning disability who's written over 3,000 love poems, some for complete strangers. But when nerves get the better of him, he gets lost for words. A year ago, he asked a girl called Jackie out. She said no, but he eventually found love and a six-month relationship with another lady. Unfortunately, in the end, "there was no connection.com." So now, freshly single and empowered by his newfound fame - regular poetry slots in local pubs and a nationwide tour - Shaine decides to put himself back on the books of Stars in the Sky, a dating agency for people with learning disabilities. Through them, he meets 32-year-old Jessica but will he get tongue-tied?

Sam, 28 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, he fell in love with 28-year- old Jolene and seven months on, the romance is still going strong. With the help of his dad Malcolm, Sam travels to see Jolene in London regularly. Jolene says: "(Sam) makes me feel quite comfortable the way he treats you and is friendly and helpful, he knows how to treat a girl." But will the love-story stand the test of time?

24-year old Luke is a stand-up comedian who has Tourette's which makes it hard to control his physical and vocal tics. Over the past year, he's grown in confidence and has been dating but is now looking for that perfect girl to settle down and start a family with. He goes on a date with 23-year-old student nurse Lucy - and an unusual tic ensues ‘NHS!' But will she be the one for him?

We also catch up with 25-year-old skateboarder Hadyn who has a craniofacial condition called Crouzon Syndrome in his quest for love and 30-year-old Carolyne, from Greater Manchester, who was paralysed six years ago when a weak blood vessel burst in her spinal cord overnight. She believes she has finally found her Prince Charming.

Viewers will also be able to visit www.channel4.com/programmes/the-undateables to see short films showing how 24-year-old, Justin, 40, from Rugby, who has neurofibromatosis 1 - a rare condition which means tumours grow on nerve tissue on his body - got on with (his date) Tracey, his first-ever date and how 24-year old, 3 foot 3 tall trainee teacher Penny has opened up to dating.

With the help of Flame Introductions, a personal introductions agency, 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'.

4/5: Tuesday 29th January, 9pm, Channel 4

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 series returns to follow the journeys of several extraordinary singletons as they enter the dating circuit in pursuit of love.

From a doctor of psychology with dwarfism to a young man with Tourette's, to an office worker with Down's Syndrome, we follow them as they enter the world of blind dates, matchmaking 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 someone special.

38-year-old Heather has severe OCD. Her condition means she cannot have any physical contact due to her fear of contamination by people's germs. Even her mum isn't allowed physical contact with her. Opening the door to her apartment is a challenge and she hasn't invited anyone into her home for years. What's more, she has Asperger's, making things like eye-contact very hard for her. This can be very isolating, and she's looking for someone to share her life with. "I think of it as a lighthouse in a storm that you can go to... That's what love is to me." Hoping to meet someone, she signs up with Flame Introductions agency. We follow on her first date in three years with Peter, an IT consultant. Despite Heather's awkwardness and need to maintain at least a metre between them at all times, she eventually manages eye contact with him but will they meet again?

28-year old Essex boy 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. Since he split with his fiancée 7 years ago, he has not dated anyone, but he's ready to try again. He is a born-again Christian who is looking for someone who shares his values. He 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, which he attends once a week and has very fixed music tastes - liking indie music. Despite a busy and fulfilling life, Matthew has never had a girlfriend - his autism can make it hard to maintain a relationship. 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?

With the help of Flame Introductions, a bespoke personal introduction agency, 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 all too often people make snap judgements or assumptions based on first impressions.

3/5: Tuesday 22nd January, 9pm, Channel 4

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 series returns to follow the journeys of several extraordinary singletons as they enter the dating circuit in pursuit of love.

From a doctor of psychology with dwarfism to a young man with Tourette's, to an office worker with Down's Syndrome, we follow them as they enter the world of blind dates, matchmaking 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 someone special.

Amateur poet Kate is 29-years-old and an incurable romantic. She has Down's Syndrome and has a full-time office job, but when she's not working, she's writing verse, listening to her favourite boy bands or watching rom coms. She dreams of finding her perfect man and future husband, who will treat her "like a lady." Having been single for nine years, she decides that it's time to turn to dating agency Stars in the Sky for a little help. What is love to her? "I'd be part of his life, and he'd be part of my life. For me, that'd be really special." 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. Is Kate one step closer to finding the man of her dreams?

25-year-old Damian from Middlesex has to spend much of his time indoors. Damian's albinism means that when he leaves the house during the day he has to wear factor 50 sun cream whatever the weather or he will be severely burned. Since splitting up with his childhood sweetheart, Damian's been single for four years, and his condition makes meeting people difficult. But he is determined to find someone to share his life with, and his ideal date would be wooing a girl with a romantic moonlit picnic in the park. He is set up on a date with 19-year-old music lover Lizzie - could it be more than friendship?

25-year-old self-confessed social butterfly, 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. He has been single for the past three years, as he has found it difficult to have a serious relationship. When he 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?

With the help of Flame Introductions, a bespoke personal introduction agency, 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 all too often people make snap judgements or assumptions based on first impressions.

2/5: Tuesday 15th January, 9pm, Channel 4

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 series returns to follow the journeys of several extraordinary singletons as they enter the dating circuit in pursuit of love.

From a doctor of psychology with dwarfism to a young man with Tourette's, to an office worker with Down's Syndrome, we follow them as they enter the world of blind dates, matchmaking 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 someone special.

Extreme sports enthusiast 34-year-old Samantha has it all - amazing friends, a beautiful home, and even a PhD in Psychology. The only thing eluding her is love and like any other career-driven woman in her 30s, she's keen to find her match sooner rather than later: "I think - well - why can't it happen to me?" Attractive, articulate and bright, Sam should be fending off suitors but instead she finds herself avoiding men's advances whenever possible. Sam has achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism, and being 3"10 tends to attract all the wrong kind of attention. She's looking for someone as gutsy as she is - will James from New Zealand rise to the challenge, or is rocker Colin more her type?

Ray is 49, an office-worker and has a learning disability. Three years ago Ray's heart was broken when his fiancée Lolita left him. "When we were together, it felt really beautiful", he says, but he's decided it's time to meet someone new even though moving on means finding love through the dating agency that Lolita runs, Stars in the Sky. His first date, a picnic in the park with Pamela, doesn't quite go as planned when Ray breaks the first rule of dating by talking about his ex. But this date doesn't deter Ray who is pleased to be meeting people again: "It gives me a bit of belief about how things can work out and how I can move on." His second date, with Janette, goes far better, and they arrange a second meeting. But Lolita is feeling emotional about Ray's return to the dating game and thinks she might want him back. Ray is torn: will he choose Janette or Lolita?

30-year-old supermarket worker Steve is a true romantic. He dreams of being able to pull out all the stops and woo a girl, but he's worried that his facial disfigurement - Crouzon Syndrome - may put potential girlfriends off. Although he's been nervous in the past about getting hurt, he always thought that by 30 he'd be settled with a young family of his own. Having seen his parents' loving 34-year relationship, he's decided it's time to find a soulmate. He's ecstatic when he gets a date, but devastated when she cancels on him the day they were meant to meet. But when he finally does get a date with fellow music-lover Ellie, can he conquer his nerves?

With the help of Flame Introductions, a bespoke personal introduction agency, 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 all too often people make snap judgements or assumptions based on first impressions.

1/5: Tuesday 8th January, 9pm, Channel 4

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 series returns to follow the journeys of several extraordinary singletons as they enter the dating circuit in pursuit of love.

From a doctor of psychology with dwarfism to a young man with Tourette's, to an office worker with Down's Syndrome, we follow them as they enter the world of blind dates, matchmaking 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 someone special.

26-year-old Michael is determined to find someone to love - but he's struggling to hold down a relationship. Despite counting 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's looking for a woman to make his "mind, body and soul all into one." We follow him on a speed-dating evening where he meets a woman but is disappointed when she decides she doesn't want to take it any further. After a pep talk from his mum, he pulls out all the stops on a blind date with Helen - will his charm and a red rose win her over?

21-year-old Brent from Plymouth has been single for nearly a year since coming out of a long-term relationship. He's looking for love again although meeting girls can be hard when he doesn't know what might come out of his mouth on a date. Brent was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome when he was 15, and his tics include shouting, swearing and involuntary movements, although rapping helps calm his tics. When Brent was in love, his Tourette's tics virtually disappeared, and he's looking to recapture that. He's looking for someone that he can feel comfortable with: "I know when I sleep in bed next to someone - no Tourette's, no insomnia, no nightmares." He goes on a date with a girl called Lizzie and they plan to go snow-boarding at a dry ski slope. Will their great rapport put him at ease and keep his Tourette's at bay?

Sarah from Hertfordshire was a well-adjusted 18-year-old when she suffered a stroke during an English lesson. Three and a half years later, she has made a remarkable recovery, although she has been left with a condition called expressive aphasia which makes communication extremely difficult. She can no longer read or write fluently and needs help from her mum for things that other young people don't think twice about, such as text messaging and using Facebook. Any kind of social interaction is a huge challenge, let alone dating. Like most people, she's looking for love - "I want a boyfriend to cuddle. It's been a long time since I've had anyone hug me." We watch as she goes boating with city worker Gary - could he be the man she's been looking for?

With the help of Flame Introductions, a bespoke personal introduction agency, 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 all too often people make snap judgements or assumptions based on first impressions.

Series Director: Luke Sewell
Directors: Kathryn Tregidgo, Chris McLaughlin
Series Producer: Sarah Spencer
Executive Producers: Amelia Hann, Walter Iuzzolino
Production Company: Betty TV
Commissioning Editors: Liam Humphreys, Lucy Leveugle

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