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Do looks matter? Will ten seconds of light destroy days of chemistry and bonding?

Each week, six singletons road-test these theories as they go looking for love in total darkness

8 x 1 hour, Exclusively on LIVING

Forget speed-dating, forget internet-dating, forget double-dating, Dating in the Dark, is the all new series that introduces a whole new type of dating. Testing the adage that beauty is only skin deep, LIVING’s new eight-part series explores how important looks are when it comes to choosing a date. The show explores how, in total darkness, chemical attraction, personality matches and pheromones can make you think you have found a love match but when the lights go on will looks seal the deal or be the ultimate turn off? Each week we offer six singletons, all genuinely looking for love, a totally unique way of meeting someone special – in total darkness. From leading global entertainment production company, Endemol, Dating in the Dark airs exclusively on LIVING from Wednesday 9th September at 9pm.

We all think we know what we’re looking for in a partner: Tall, dark and handsome… But surely you wouldn’t be so shallow as to rule out the potential love of your life on something as transitory as looks? Each episode, Dating in the Dark invites three single guys and three single girls to take up residence in separate apartments within a specially designed house where they are kept completely apart, only meeting each other in a dating room kept in pitch darkness: the Dark Room. So dark, our singletons cannot even see their own hand in front of their face. Viewers follow the action, week by week, via state of the art infra-red cameras in the dark room, as well as fully-lit footage of the boys and girls in their separate apartments.

Following the first ‘group date’ which takes place in the dark room, our lovebirds decide who they like the sound of most, based on listening to each other’s voices.

A spot of shirt-swapping then helps guide their attraction as they get a proper whiff of each other’s pheromones. Based on theses two sensory experiences, they each decide who they want to go it alone with on a first date in the dark room. Will the pheromones kick in? Will a husky voice swing it?

The next round of dating is based on a scientific compatibility test, designed in partnership with Senior Lecturer for the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths University of London, Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic. Based on compatibility scores, matched couples are sent back to the dark room to find out whether there really is any science in chemistry. Will new ties form and new interests blossom?

Daters are then given a free choice as to who they’d like to meet again, their original choice, or their compatibility match. By now, all have begun to form an idea of what their potential love interest looks like physically, and sketch artists work alongside each dater to produce an artist impression of their date. The drawings are then handed to their subjects and tensions mount as expectations come into play.

In a dramatic moment, each of our lonely hearts is finally given the chance to see their date in the flesh for the first time. As they stand in the dark room, ten seconds of light is briefly placed on each person, revealing their looks for the very first time. True reactions are later revealed. But will those mere 10 seconds change everything? Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder?

In a brutal culmination, our love birds must decide whether to date or ditch their suitors. If they still want to go ahead, they either turn up in the drawing room to prove their love and indicate they are willing to continue dating, or leave the house and walk away, leaving their date behind forever. Rejection was never so harsh!

Dating in the Dark is produced by Initial, an Endemol company. The format was originally devised by the Dutch entertainment company Talpa. David Staite is Executive Producer, Daniella Berendsen and Alex Cross are the Series Producers. The series was commissioned by Mark Sammon, Head of Commissioning for Virgin Media Television.

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Another week and another Red Bull Bedroom Jam, this time the live feed heads down to London, for the interestingly titled 'Why Whiskey Why?'

Why Whiskey Why? sound like the evil twins from The Shining with a sad guitar, a little like Coco Rosie, but less serious and ethereal and more like they're from below the Watford Gap. The duo, consisting of Josie and Sian, describe themselves as "two girls who can't play guitar, trying to make music." After a storming set at this year’s Underage Festival their pleasant guitar playing has completely thrown that description out of the window. We and their growing legion of fans like them and we think that they are destined to become embedded in your brain, or at least in a few playlists!

Check them out live on the latest Red Bull Bedroom Jam, Thursday 23rd October live @ 7pm only at

What is Red Bull Bedroom Jam?

Red Bull Bedroom Jam aims to give wiiings to new musical talent, of any genre, aged 19 years or younger. Every week the Red Bull Bedroom Jam panel of experts choose one band to be the focus of a LIVE webcast. Then, with the help of local young promoters, Red Bull produced marketing materials are distributed around the local area in order to raise awareness ready for show time!

How do artists or viewers get involved?
Artists and musicians can register and upload a music video or live performance at: Once moderated, the content appears in the ‘Watch and Rate” section of the website. Bands can then ask their mates and fans to watch the content and rate it. There is no registration process to rate tracks but there is an optional newsletter sign up so viewers can be alerted when bands are selected for LIVE performances.

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