British dating game show

While we’ve seen a steady increase in the number of mainstream dating shows willing to open their doors to queer singletons since then, many remain depressingly straight.

Hell, a few years ago, ITV2 aired a dating show literally called that was somehow entirely heterosexual.

The fact that each episode cuts between multiple dates also means that unless you’re happy to get familiar with your fast-forward button, you have to cope with a lot of hetero bullshit to get to them.

The mating rituals of the straights are very strange.

In true reality television style, I’ll be giving each show a score based on two metrics: the amount of queer content, and to what degree that content will leave you silently begging it to end.Despite Channel 5 promising there would be LGBTQ representation “throughout the series”, at two dates per episode, that’s a rate of one queer date for every eleven straight dates. But there’s something about old-fashioned charm that let me see past the numbers.Just like thirty years ago, contestants on the show are sent on a date with their pick from three potential, unseen partners.When exactly did the British public fall in love with dating shows?It’s been a quiet takeover, but somehow the TV schedules have ended up filled with lonely hearts looking for love, from lunchtime marathons of , which ended up becoming such a phenomenon the finale was screened in cinemas and journalists wouldn’t stop asking Labour leader and absolute boy Jeremy Corbyn who his favourite contestant was (it was Marcel). However, this love affair has traditionally been exclusively heterosexual.

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