The Undateables to return for a second series

Channel 4's controversial documentary programme will be back on air next year with a new four-part season

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A second series of The Undateables has been commissioned by Channel 4.

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Despite attracting controversy, the first series of the match-making show for disabled people attracted an average total audience of more than 3m viewers when it was broadcast earlier this year.

Such high ratings gave channel’s schedule a much-needed boost and made the documentary one of the most successful programmes broadcast by C4 since My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

However, its tone and focus attracted complaints from viewers who claimed that The Undateables was insensitive to people with disabilities and encouraged stereotyping and bullying.

It also earned condemnation from NSPCC Young Ambassador for Disability Alex Taylor, who lamented the fact that the series had “chosen to highlight differences and cast mainstream integration as an impossible dream.”

But Channel 4’s chief creative officer Jay Hunt felt that the programme made a positive impact and celebrated its impending return.

She said: “The Undateables was Channel 4 at its best – compelling public service television that engaged an audience and changed attitudes. I am looking forward to it returning for a second series.”

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A new four-part series of the programme will be broadcast next year.