The Undateables

Series 1 - Episode 2

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

I was all set not to like this series. It wants us to feel for its subjects – people with disabilities looking for love – but there’s a hint of sniggering in the way it’s edited (the giveaways are the plinky-plonk comedy music under most scenes and the childish narration). In the end though, the human stories won me over: you can’t watch romantic, learning–disabled Shaine’s search for a partner without longing to know how things turn out for him.

And facially disfigured Justin’s wait for his first ever date (“Girls tend to give me a wide berth...”) is agonising. It’s just a shame that when dates do materialise the cameras hang around to catch all the awkwardness. It feels intrusive and it can hardly help.

About this programme

2/3. Thirty-one-year-old Shaine from Bournemouth has learning difficulties and struggles to pluck up the courage to ask women out, despite his charms as a prolific amateur poet. Paralysed from the chest down, 29-year-old Carolyne searches for romance after her decade-long relationship broke down, while Justin, who has a condition that causes tumours to grow on nerve tissue, prepares to go on his first date.

Cast and crew


Guy Gilbert
Executive Producer
Vicky Hamburger
Executive Producer
Walter Iuzzolino
Series Producer
Lucy Leveugle