Dating in the Dark

9:00pm Tuesday, August 17 on LIVING

When groundbreaking series Dating in the Dark premiered on LIVING, it was not just viewers who could not stop talking about the audacious televised experiment in the nature of attraction. The media could not get enough of the radical twist on the traditional dating show, and the prestigious Royal Television Society crowned the series Best Multi-Channel Programme 2009.

Now the innovative show is back for another season of must-watch TV. Examining the role of aesthetic attraction in falling in love, the programme offers six singletons the chance to get to know each other in a whole new way – in total darkness! Three single women share one half of a specially designed house, while three bachelors share the other half – with the men and women only meeting each other in the pitch-black ‘Dating Room’. Hi-tech infrared cameras capture all the action.

Georgina Baillie was at the heart of the Sachs-gate scandal when Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross taunted her grandfather about her sex life. Will she cause another stir when she enters the dating room this week? Georgina tells the guys only that she is a musician, so this time it will be her personality rather than her famous family that causes any hubbub. Georgina and her fellow female daters must choose between poet Phoenix, PR exec George and ‘naked butler’ Richard. With this crazy mix of characters, only one thing is assured – the world’s most innovative dating show certainly will not be boring, as another notorious name tries to find love this week.

9:00pm Tuesday, August 10 on LIVING

When groundbreaking series Dating in the Dark premiered on LIVING, it was not just viewers who could not stop talking about the audacious televised experiment in the nature of attraction. The media could not get enough of the radical twist on the traditional dating show, and the prestigious Royal Television Society crowned the series Best Multi-Channel Programme 2009.

Now the innovative show is back for another season of must-watch TV. Examining the role of aesthetic attraction in falling in love, the programme offers six singletons the chance to get to know each other in a whole new way – in total darkness! Three single women share one half of a specially designed house, while three bachelors share the other half – with the men and women only meeting each other in the pitch-black ‘Dating Room’. Hi-tech infrared cameras capture all the action.

Another anonymous celebrity dater livens up the action this week, as Andrew Stone of Pineapple Dance Studios goes incognito in the dating room. Vying with him for the affection of glamour model Vicki, runaway bride Maria and unlucky-in-love Natalie are boy-next-door-type Paul and joker Justin. When a rivalry develops between the lads, will Andrew’s dirty dance moves and impressive flexibility be enough to win the heart of Natalie? Or will Paul’s easygoing charm win her over? Two covert kisses will have to settle it, when Dating in the Dark turns up the star power – this week on LIVING.

9:00pm Tuesday, August 3 on LIVING

When groundbreaking series Dating in the Dark premiered on LIVING, it was not just viewers who could not stop talking about the audacious televised experiment in the nature of attraction. The media could not get enough of the radical twist on the traditional dating show, and the prestigious Royal Television Society crowned the series Best Multi-Channel Programme 2009.

Now the innovative show is back for another season of must-watch TV. Examining the role of aesthetic attraction in falling in love, the programme offers six singletons the chance to get to know each other in a whole new way – in total darkness! Three single women share one half of a specially designed house, while three bachelors share the other half – with the men and women only meeting each other in the pitch-black ‘Dating Room’. Hi-tech infrared cameras capture all the action.

This week’s dating comes with an extra twist when twin musicians Mikey and Rob (pictured) take up residence in the lads’ apartment and leave the ladies in the dark about being related. And one girl is surprised to find herself on a double blind date when both the brothers turn up to get to know her. Even without the lights on, will the ladies be able to tell there is something different about this pair?

Also, how will relatively reserved, old-fashioned gent Dale fare with this talkative twosome hogging the attention of tattooed Steph, chatty Sam and model Kat? LIVING combines double-dating with Dating in the Dark, when this week’s instalment welcomes twins to the show.

1:00am Thursday, January 1 on LIVING

When groundbreaking series Dating in the Dark premiered on LIVING, it was not just viewers who could not stop talking about the audacious televised experiment in the nature of attraction. The media could not get enough of the radical twist on the traditional dating show, and the prestigious Royal Television Society crowned the series Best Multi-Channel Programme 2009. Now the innovative show is back for another season of must-watch TV. Examining the role of aesthetic attraction in falling in love, the programme offers six singletons the chance to get to know each other in a whole new way – in total darkness! Three single women share one half of a specially designed house, while three bachelors share the other half – with the men and women only meeting each other in the pitch-black ‘Dating Room’. Hi-tech infrared cameras capture all the action. What will happen when glamour model Janine, tough cookie Charlene and flirty Jenna are robbed of their sense of sight? Will animal attraction and pheromones take over, and will they bond with fashionista Samuel, surfer Dan and nightclub promoter Sam in the darkness? At the end of the show, each participant picks who they feel they have connected with and that person is shown in a spotlight. Finally, the contestants must choose to meet their prospective partners in the flesh or leave them heartbroken. It’s nail-biting anguish for some singletons, but compelling telly for viewers – as LIVING discovers if love really is blind this week.




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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