It’s been a long time since online dating was seen as the preserve of geeks and weirdos (although there are specialist sites for zombie lovers and ‘horsey people’, if that’s your bag). But its growing popularity doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to navigate, and Dawn O’Porter’s two-part series follows the progress of 25 hopefuls as they try out an assortment of sites and approaches. She also chucks in some not especially rigorous science, chatting to a professor of evolutionary psychology and extrapolating some pretty broad conclusions from fairly limited results.
But the tone is exactly right: O’Porter keeps it lighthearted and engaging – she’s certainly mellowed since her run of BBC3 shows and no longer makes herself the story – and offers plenty of commonsense advice on dealing with a world which can seem pretty intimidating. If only tomorrow night’s remaining ‘Apprentice’ candidates had seen this before launching their own dating sites…
Lady Chastity's Reserve, Hackney
This marvellously silly immersive team puzzle (a sort of cross between an escape game and the 'Mumsy' challenge in 'The Crystal Maze') has already spooked and amused many a team at its original venue in Battersea, but will now be challenging the people of Hackney from a dark corner of the People's Park Tavern. It's from the Handmade Mysteries team that does this kind of thing at venues across London. They know what they're doing. Expect plenty of surreal slants to challenges that can be pretty, well, challenging, and don't be surprised to be surprised either - we're told the immersive elements can be pretty interesting. They promise to let you out - or help you out - if you get really stuck but still, it might be best to bring some brains and leave your dumbass friends out of it.
Venue says: “Venture through an hour of hilarious clue-solving as you and your team attempt to win Chastity's fabled aphrodisiac wine.”