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The Undateables is twice Bafta-nominated, won Programme Innovation Award at the Edinburgh Television Festival in 2013 and has been nominated for the Broadcast Awards.

The show’s most popular episode was Series 2, Episode 5 which peaked at 3.8 million TV viewers. Brent, who has Tourette’s and Challis went on to get married in Las Vegas after meeting on the show.

They set up chaperoned dates for some of the contributors; Sam, a man on the show with Down 's syndrome, found a girlfriend. Asked why the agency caters only for those with learning disabilities, its administrator, Lydia Jones, said: "It's difficult to have relationships where one person doesn't have a learning disability, because the power always shifts to the [non-disabled] person."The disability charity Mencap worries that the packaging of The Undateables could "be seen to do more harm than good", portraying people with disabilities in an "unflattering" way.

But all the participants in the show who spoke to The Independent on Sunday were happy with it.

Episodes begin with Cupid's arrow cutting through the "Un" of "Undateables". Seventy per cent of Britons would not consider having sex with someone who had a physical disability, according to the most recent survey of the nation's opinions on sex.