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However, I can guarantee you that it’s the most comprehensive review of the relative queerness of British dating shows you’re going to read this week.

In true reality television style, I’ll be giving each show a score based on two metrics: the amount of queer content, and to what degree that content will leave you silently begging it to end.

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We’ve had , a show in which daters were covered in prosthetics and transformed into mythical creatures before they hooked up, but queer romance has been a step too far for most of the history of dating shows.

We started to see LGBTQ folk appear in the 2000s, but it was limited to grim stunt shows like the wildly transphobic – in which a woman had to determine which of a number of potential male partners were secretly gay – in 2012 hopefully closed that era for good.

And back then you only had to keep up with a couple of shows!

Who has time to sift through all the dating shows out there to work out which ones have queer content, never mind which of those make you wish they hadn’t bothered? This list isn’t going to cover every single dating show on UK television, because I only have Freeview and quite frankly I’m a little too scared to go digging around the more obscure satellite channels.

While we’re still on the positives, the show makes a real effort at LGBTQ inclusion, having featured gay, lesbian, bi, pan and trans contestants over the course of its two series.

Unfortunately, once you look past all the genitals, things start to take a turn for the worst.

While we’ve seen a steady increase in the number of mainstream dating shows willing to open their doors to queer singletons since then, many remain depressingly straight.

Hell, a few years ago, ITV2 aired a dating show literally called that was somehow entirely heterosexual.

‘s host, Paddy Mc Guinness, has said he’d like to see a gay edition of the show, but that was over two years now and we’re yet to see any sign it might actually happen.

Meanwhile, despite featuring bisexual contestants in the past, ITV2 recently announced they wouldn’t be allowing same-sex couples on Love Island, claiming it would “take something away from the format”. I don’t pay my television license to watch heterosexuals touch each other. Between them, they featured a grand total of one queer contestant – Alice, whose defining personality trait was being a big fan of Celine Dion.

The fact that each episode cuts between multiple dates also means that unless you’re happy to get familiar with your fast-forward button, you have to cope with a lot of hetero bullshit to get to them.

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