The Undateables

Continuing Thursday / 9:00pm Channel 4 50 min.
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'.

Season 7

5 Episodes

Poet Shaine and Gemma celebrate their first anniversary, as ghosthunter Lily and charity worker Ray go looking for love again
Oct 09 2017
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.
Oct 02 2017
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.
Sep 25 2017
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?
Sep 18 2017
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.
Sep 11 2017

Season 6

5 Episodes

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.
Jan 30 2017
A poet with learning difficulties goes on a date with an old school friends he once had feelings for, and Alex Hopes to declare his true feelings for Eloise as they approach their two-year anniversary.
Jan 23 2017
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.
Jan 16 2017
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.
Jan 09 2017
Postman Sam has Asperger's syndrome. Kate has narcolepsy. Ian is going blind. Can they find love?
Jan 02 2017

Season 5

5 Episodes

Steve, who has Crouzon syndrome, prepares to marry Vicky, while Matthew is concerned that his stammer may hinder his bid to propose to Jessica
Feb 01 2016
Some of the Undateables from previous shows embark on romantic adventures overseas, including Alex and Eloise in France, and Brent and Challis in Amsterdam
Jan 25 2016
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
Jan 18 2016
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.
Jan 11 2016
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?
Jan 04 2016

Season 4

5 Episodes

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.
Feb 02 2015
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
Jan 26 2015
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.
Jan 19 2015
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.
Jan 12 2015
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?
Jan 05 2015

Season 3

4 Episodes

This episode catches up with some memorable daters, including actor Sam, romantic poet Shaine, Richard, who has Asperger's, and self-confessed flirt and local hero Justin, from Rugby. Previously, part time actor Sam, who has Down syndrome, started a relationship with Jolene, but this ended and now he's re-entering the world of dating. Shaine hopes his dreams of finding true love can be realised at a poetry class. Richard meets 35-year-old charity shop worker Lorien. And Justin, who has neurofibromatosis, a rare condition which causes nerve tissues to grow tumors, goes on his first ever speed-dating event.
Jan 30 2014
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?
Jan 23 2014
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?
Jan 16 2014
Mary is a 44-year-old mature student with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. Daniel has autism and has been single for two years. Nursery nurse Hayley has never had a serious relationship. Hayley has Apert syndrome, a rare genetic condition which is characterised by malformations of the face, hands and feet. Hayley is determined to find her Mr Right. Could it be council worker Chris? Full of energy and with an action-packed life, Mary represented Team GB in the Dwarf Games, winning four gold medals. But Mary has never truly been in love. However, there is one man in her life who is a constant, her 16-year-old son Reece, who also has dwarfism. Will Reece approve of personal trainer Jet, who whisks Mary off for a night of Champagne and ice skating? Although Daniel's autism makes communication extremely difficult, he finds an outlet in his songs, many of which are about love and his desire for a girlfriend. After careful practice and preparation, Daniel goes on a date with Hollie.
Jan 09 2014

Season 2

5 Episodes

Revisit 2x05
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.
Feb 05 2013
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?
Jan 29 2013
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?
Jan 22 2013
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. Attractive, articulate and bright, Sam should be fending off suitors, but Sam has achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism, and being 3 foot 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 who has a learning disability, Ray's heart was broken three years ago when his fiancee Lolita left him. He's decided it's time to meet someone new, even though moving on means finding love through the dating agency that Lolita runs. But Lolita is feeling emotional about Ray's return to the dating game and thinks she might want him back. Thirty-year-old Steve is worried that his facial disfigurement - Crouzon Syndrome - may put off potential girlfriends. 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?
Jan 15 2013
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?
Jan 08 2013

Season 1

3 Episodes

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.
Apr 17 2012
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.
Apr 10 2012
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?
Apr 03 2012