Valentine’s Day. The day singletons panic date – or panic-buy ice-cream – while those in relationships find themselves perspiring over whether they should go for the personalised teddy bear or the romantic quote fridge magnet. It’s a minefield.
But help is at hand. Whether you have a date this Sunday or not, there are plenty of important lessons to be learned from the world of TV and film.
All you lovers, take note…
For starters, actually remembering is a good idea. Especially if you’ve got a loved one waiting patiently for their bunch of roses/box of chocolates.
Don’t think you’ve got to stick to those Valentine’s Day favourites though. Surprises are good. Just don’t get too caught up in the big reveal…
Don’t expect any hugely romantic gestures from your other half. Chances are you’ll be disappointed. (Meg Ryan and Nora Ephron have a lot to answer for…)
Often it’s just better to pop those name badges/raunchy outfits back in the wardrobe and keep things low key…
For those who don’t have a loved one to share the special, special day with, it can be a stressful time of year. Everyone’s feeling a little fragile, so try and keep important conversations to a minimum.
Yes, emotions are running high but do attempt to keep your feelings in check. Especially in public places.
The pink, fluffy, chocolate-coated pressure might be mounting, but it doesn’t mean you should lower your standards just to get a date. Or focus all your love and attention on your cat…
Or start talking to inanimate objects… Seriously. However lonely you are. This will never be okay.
Finally, if you make plans with other singletons, try to avoid fire or rituals of any kind.
Ellie is an entertainment, TV and film journalist writing news and (hopefully incredibly witty) comment for RadioTimes.com. She loves light-hearted dramas and glossy US series - and is more than a little bit obsessed with Downton Abbey. Foodie, sun-seeker and aspiring novelist in her own time. Likes the fact that her name rhymes with telly.