The Undateables

The Undateables

Series 1 - Episode 2



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.


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 & Crew

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