Matching undies at the ready…
Just when we thought dating couldn’t get any more awkward, there’s a new show coming to the UK which sees strangers meet for the first time in front of a bed, get undressed and then, um, get to know each other. Well we suppose it’s good to explain dodgy tattoos sooner rather than later…
The aptly titled Undressed gives strangers 30 minutes in a room where they help each other undress before diving into bed to answer a series of personal questions and complete tasks set on a large screen in front of them so they can rapidly become aquainted. Um, not too keen on the idea of having to do ‘getting to know you’ tasks it’s a date, not a teambuilding trip to Bognor Regis.
At the end of the thirty minutes the pair will individually answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to staying in bed and getting to know each other more, or going their separate ways.
Undressed is already a successful TV show in Italy (apologies, but we bet the Italians can do this whole business far more smoothly than us Brits), and producers say that the need for couples to just wear their underwear is to ‘accelerate intimacy and explore the accepted rules of attraction.’
It airs this summer on TLC and head, Clare Laycock (the most inspired surname possible) thinks it’s all really very romantic. Speaking to The Daily Mail, she said: ‘I’m incredibly proud to bring Undressed to TLC. It’s a brave and beautiful new dating format that explores whether it is possible to fall in love with a complete stranger.
‘Behind the provocative headline, at its heart are funny, adorable and sometimes awkward connections. TLC’s mission is to give the nation a boost – this show promises to do just that.’
Oh we feel boosted already, Clare.
Mark Procter, acting head of factual entertainment, Discovery Networks International seems very excited that they can do it all on a budget, adding: ‘A dark room. A bed. A screen. Singleton strangers that undress each other on a first date. It’s a gloriously simple format but an irresistibly watchable show.’
What’s more they’re looking for volunteers. We’d say we would, but we struggle too much taking off our jeans and not tripping over, and no one wants to see anyone fall flat on their face half naked on TV. Well as it happens…