The Love Bus: Swindon

Wednesday 9 February, 10:00pm on Fiver

The unique dating show presented by Z�e Salmon continues. In this week’s episode, Z�e and her big pink Love Bus are in Swindon, helping out West Country love wannabes. Strong-minded Sabi has four dates lined up, including a children’s entertainer and an aspiring personal trainer. Ex ‘Blue Peter’ star Z�e Salmon presents this dating show with a twist. One singleton rides a specially kitted-out bus around his or her home city, while other singles wait at stops at various points in the area. The potential dates only have one stop to prove their worth to the picker, or be thrown off the bus. The chooser can decide to keep a date on the bus for longer than one stop, but runs the risk of passing over a more suitable partner waiting further along the route. The couple still on the bus at the end of the journey win an all-expenses-paid date together. Twenty-nine-year-old Sabi is a freelance journalist from Reading. A fitness fanatic and social butterfly, she describes herself as a bit of a maneater. Strong-willed Sabi likes beautiful men who take good care of themselves. “If I feel a certain way, I don’t hold back,” Sabi says. “I think it’s about time I met my match,” she adds. First on the bus is singer and DJ Daniel. In an attempt to woo Sabi, unlucky in love Daniel sings a song about nearby towns, which includes the refrain ‘Swindon, Chippenham, Cirencester’. It is not long until Daniel is turfed off the bus. “He was way too wacky,” Sabi confides in Z�e. “I really hope one of them is going to be fit,” she says of her suitors. Twenty-eight-year-old bartender Ashley is next to try his hand at pitching woo. He says that his ideal location for a date is a coutryside picnic that contains a small selection of sandwiches. This does little to impress high-powered Sabi, who is soon reaching for the stop button once more. Next to try his luck is Paul from Gloucester. Having been a children’s entertainer for over 20 years, perennially single Paul thinks ventriloquism is the way to a woman’s heart. He brings aboard Charlie the monkey puppet and begins his routine, but falls afoul of Sabi after forgetting her name. After he is booted off the big pink bus, singleton Sabi is nonplussed. “It was almost like buy one, get one free,” she says of the act.

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