Dating game show set celebrity video dating
"The spectre of loomed so large that people felt dating didn't work any more," she recalls.
"I originally got away with it because it was seen as cooking with dating." Four series in and regularly pulling in 1.5 million viewers, Collinson-Jones says the show has "totally different rules of engagement", compared with a studio show.
Our show reflects what's happening now." The sexually charged show could be seen as too hedonistic, but Chapman points out that "this is what people are doing.
We send them out on dates, but what they do on them is up to them." The way these wild young things are identified is another reflection on how dating shows have adapted to the world of Facebook and Twitter.
, the British public has fallen in love with a genre that mixes the suspense of "Will they, won't they?
The show sees a singleton choose three out of five menus and proceed to have dinner at the mystery chefs' houses, before taking one lucky romantic out for a meal they don't have to cook.
When Claire Collinson-Jones pitched the format in 2009, dating shows were scarce on the ground.
People would say, 'What really happened when the cameras stop rolling?
' and I thought, 'Hang on a minute, there is so something in this,'" reflects Lamb.