Again, they pluck notes from their hats: ‘Autistic Gardener’, it says.
With a happy sigh, the Head of Documentaries leans back in their chair, knowing their job is done.
Hat one is labelled: ‘Disability’; the second hat is labelled ‘Occupations’.
Lazily, the Head of Documentaries takes notes out of hats one and two: ‘OCD Cleaners’, it reads.
Episodes begin with Cupid's arrow cutting through the "Un" of "Undateables". Seventy per cent of Britons would not consider having sex with someone who had a physical disability, according to the most recent survey of the nation's opinions on sex.
Just over one in four would not rule out the possibility, while only 4 per cent have had sex with someone with a physical disability.
The programme worked on, and fed into, the notion that disabled people and people with facial or other ‘disfigurements’ are just like ‘us’ inside. So how was it that these twelve people were enticed or induced to participate in this ludicrous exercise? Backsides were no doubt well covered against potential accusations of exploitation. Participants were shown mostly upbeat, putting on their glad-rags, buying flowers and in one case, writing a poem.
Picture the following scene: deep inside Channel 4’s Programme Commissioning Headquarters, there are two hats filled with notes.
The Undateables sets up disabled people with able-bodied matches and does not sugar-coat it: it can be difficult.
Richard, a man with Asperger's, is dumped halfway through his first date when he starts snacking off his companion's plate.
If they’re going to meet up they have a chaperone with them as well. Not too much, anyway.” As some choose to decline arranged marriages, there are other ways to meet other eligible bachelors – including specialist dating services.
“This is the problem,” says 30 year-old Nayera, who’s on the lookout for a husband at a dating event.