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The Undateables

Written on 21st July 2015 by Hoffmann Staff

The Undateables is a programme about people with disabilities trying to find love. The show was recommended to me by a dating agency called Stars in the Sky, who organise dates for people with a disability. Betty TV made the programme in order to show these members of society are capable of going on a date.


In the summer of 2012 we began recording. For my first date I was sent to Tinseltown in Hampstead. I sat and waited patiently for my date to arrive. I had already met Amy at a special needs disco two weeks prior, so this wasn’t a blind date. We were at Tinseltown for about an hour, while enjoying the atmosphere along with some extremely tasty desserts.


Two weeks later we went on our second arrange meeting. This time we went to the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith for a coffee, this lasted for roughly an hour. The theatre is a very trendy place to go. I sat and talked with her and the conversation flowed easily merging through very interesting topics. Everything seemed to be going on the right track.


On the third date I went to Always Castle in Highbury and Islington. I remember sitting in the conservatory with candles. What I tend to find important is a gentle environment as opposed to a busy one. We had a lovely dinner accompanied with beautiful décor. After these three dates, things actually turned out really well and we became boyfriend and girlfriend. There were some hesitations with taking the relationship further especially after being in the public eye; however we decided to give it a go.


From being in the programme I learnt that there are no guarantees that my relationships will be long term. I found the experience really enjoyable despite mine and Amy’s relationship only lasting a month. I did find it rather surreal that people would recognise, and stop me in the street, even outside my local area.




By Oliver Chan

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