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5 times we fell in love while watching The Undateables

It was a roller coaster of emotions for the brave ladies and gents taking the first step towards love and romance. And for us watching at home, there were plenty of tears, laughter and memorable moments as we went on the journey with them.

As Channel 4 calls a wrap on series five of The Undateables - featuring our very own Flame Introductions founder Christine as one of the match-making specialists behind the scenes -  we look back on the times we wished that Tom, George, Tammy and co were our best mates.


1. THE TIME JAMES TAUGHT US THAT A BIG DOLLOP OF SELF-DEPRECATING HUMOUR GOES A LONG WAY ON A DATE..

Having Asperger's syndrome means that dating has been no picnic for 22-year-old James. Despite having had a few first dates, they've turned out to be false starts, and as his college buddies increasingly coupled up, he began to feel the absence of a love interest in his life.

But despite his burning ambition to find romance, he approached his experience on The Undateables with enormous down-to-earth wit. "How do I move on?" he asked himself after a date didn't work out. "With both my feet," was his considered response. "What do you look for in a date?" a lady friend wanted to know. "Usually the door," was James' bone-dry answer. 

Then, of course, there was his classic love analogy...


"DATING IS LIKE WADING ACROSS A MOATFUL OF RAVENOUS PIRANHAS, TRYING TO GET TO THE LOVE CASTLE ON THE OTHER SIDE."




2. WHEN TAMMY'S ATTITUDE TO LIFE, LOVE AND EVERYTHING HAD THE ENTIRE NATION ROOTING FOR HER.

Confidence and dating were never issues 34-year-old Tammy faced until she contracted life-threatening blood poisoning and was left facially disfigured and facing multiple reconstructive surgeries.

But despite her fears that she’d never find a partner to share her life with, she displayed a remarkably philosophical attitude to her own situation and dating as a whole – reminding us all in the process that sometimes you have to take a step back and focus on all the good things.

"I was shocked and it was upsetting [when I first became ill] but I’ve always been an optimistic person and know that you’ve got to appreciate what you have now. I just want to get on with my life; seize every opportunity…and to find a man to do that with would be fantastic.”






3. WHEN TOM AND GEORGE KEPT THEIR COOL DESPITE BECOMING THE NATION'S NEW CRUSHES.

Striking good looks and low confidence seldom go hand in hand. But Tom - who has Asperger's Syndrome, and George - who was left paralysed following a car accident - reminded us that every single one of us has insecurities we shield from the world.

As the Twittersphere swooned at the handsome pair, both Tom and George kept their cool, thanked everyone for their support and kept on doing things their way... 




4. WHEN BRENT AND CHALLIS MADE US BELIEVE THAT THERE REALLY IS SOMEONE OUT THERE FOR EVERYONE.

Can two people ever have been more in love that this pair? They met on a past series, and, by the time we caught up with them in 2016, had moved in together, got married in Vegas and were celebrating their first anniversary in Amsterdam. And all the while we couldn't help but believe this union truly was meant to be.

Challis continues to take Brent's physical and verbal tics - he has Tourette's Syndrome - in her stride, while Brent continues to grow in confidence thanks to his bride's unwavering support and commitment. 

As they sat on a bench overlooking the canal, love's young dream mused on the possibility of starting a family. And we reckon they might just make the cutest babies ever.



5. WHEN STEVE CHANNELLED HIS INNER TAYLOR SWIFT AND REMINDED US ALL THAT SOMETIMES YOU REALLY DO JUST HAVE TO 'SHAKE IT OFF'.

After finding true and lasting love on The Undateables, the very lovely Steve had yet another hurdle to overcome - his condition left him at the mercy of online trolls, something the northerner has spoken about in interviews and on social media.

But as he and Vicky approached their wedding day and Steve fretted to Channel 4's camera about his nerves on being centre of attention, he didn't reveal that he had an ace up his sleeve for dealing with his insecurities.

As the pair took their vows and prepared for their first dance, there wasn't a hint of a surprise to come. But as the smoochy music gave way to Taylor Swift's Shake It Off - a song about simply letting go of life's nonsense - it became clear that with Vicky's support, Steve has found new ways to cope - and some pretty wow dance moves to boot. 




ARE YOU LOOKING FOR LOVE?

If you or someone you know is looking for love, has a disability or a long term condition and would like to take part in The Undateables, then visit www.channel4.com/takepart or email [email protected].

To find out more about disabled dating and how Flame Introductions can help find your perfect love match, request a callback from our specialist team today.


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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.