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    • KirstyR386
      CommentAuthorKirstyR386
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      Posted: Jul 11th 2015
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    I just wondered what everyones thoughts are about the new TV show being advertised where people are matched sort of like how a dating site does it and then agree to get married but the first time they meet is at the alter.

    Is this not cheapening marriage for the sake of a TV show?

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    • ElizabethF49
      CommentAuthorElizabethF49
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    I saw it advertised and for me it is all wrong its just a way of getting viewers stuid idea

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    • Myranny
      CommentAuthorMyranny
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    It has to just be some sort of gimmick though, surely, because they'd need to give notice however many weeks before and do all the legal rubbish that comes with getting married? x
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    • EmmaH444
      CommentAuthorEmmaH444
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    That's what I though too Myranny. I didn't watch it either, it does seem like a gimmick.

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    • Glitterfairy
      CommentAuthorGlitterfairy
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    I've not seen anything advertised for it, but then I've not been watching a huge amount of TV.

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    • RebeccaH689
      CommentAuthorRebeccaH689
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    I watched the first episode and it was quite interesting actually. They have a panel of five people matching the couples. This included an anthropologist who looked at whether the pairs lifestyles were compatible, two psychologists who analysed their emotional compatibility and relationship histories, a geneticist who did tests to see if they'd be biologically suited, and a vicar.

    Out of 1,500 applicants they only found 2 couples the panel thought would have a strong enough bond to try marriage. The programme makers didn't play down the significance of marriage and what that commitment means to people, which stopped the whole thing seeming too tacky.

    I'm not really sure I believe that science can predict whether a marriage will be a good one - and I certainly wouldn't do an experiment like this myself - but it was good TV!
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    • VictoriaL46
      CommentAuthorVictoriaL46
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      Posted: Jul 11th 2015
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    I watched the first episode ([email protected] at First Sight its called) and I won't explain the science behind it because Rebecca has it covered ;)

    But I thought it was also very interesting and pretty good to watch. There is a lot of work that goes into ensuring the couples are compatible and if they couples choose to stop at any time they can drop out of the arrangement. One woman dropped out because her family wasn't happy with the idea which is fair enough.

    The couples themselves have tried the dating the scene without success or have just waited till later in life and don't feel confident in the dating process and the time it takes to develope the relationship necessary to achieve marriage.

    They do get to find out little tidbits of into about them especially when they submit their intent to marry at the registrars but they are forbidden from any visual contact or communication. The most they ever get to know is the name and DOB of the person. After the wedding they then obviously go forward as man and wife so if they wish to "do the deed" they can and then they go off on honeymoon and move in together... after a while if they find they're not happy they divorce but I have a feeling the TV show pays for that side of things.

    Kinda puts me in mind of the origins of Handfasting being that you were in effect a married couple for a year and a day and could go your seperate ways after if you wanted to. Will be interesting to see where this goes considering this use to be very common even in British history within the aristocracy.

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    • EmmaH444
      CommentAuthorEmmaH444
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    I wondered how they did the legal bit. I might watch it on catch-up as I'm home alone this weekend :)

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    • EmmaH444
      CommentAuthorEmmaH444
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    I have now watched it and you're right it was interesting. I was surprised to see that one of the panel was a vicar. I'm curious to see how it all works out.

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    • VictoriaL46
      CommentAuthorVictoriaL46
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    Same here :) looking forward to the next episode.

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    • JennK
      CommentAuthorJennK
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    I enjoyed it too, they brought some science into which made it particularly interesting for me. However it is essentially a backwards dating programme!

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    • princesspixie
      CommentAuthorprincesspixie
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    i thought the advert made it seem gimmicky and like already been said taking the meaning out of marriage but reading your thoughts on i might give it a go xx

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    • Sarah D
      CommentAuthorSarah D
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    Ive recorded it and look forward to seeing it now xx

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    • TashyM
      CommentAuthorTashyM
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    I missed it, probably will watch it on catch up
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    • Emily17
      CommentAuthorEmily17
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    I'm looking forward to seeing this now.. I saw the first part of it last night at midnight but I was sleepy.. will get it on catch up I think.

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    • MrsC2bee
      CommentAuthorMrsC2bee
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    I was intrigues when I first saw the advert and the first episode was very informative and made it actually sounds interesting. I think if I felt I was getting older and tried everything n it wasn't working I'd go for it. But luckily I have my soul mate :) x
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    • Zotastic
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    i think it seems interesting to see if they will actually like each other etc, so glad ive found my Mr right :D
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
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    I saw it advertised and they talked about it on 88c breakfast. Not sure I agree with it tbh, just me though, think the concept cheapens marriage to make profit for tv. I do understand it's an experiment.

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    • Zotastic
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    Im watching it now anyone else?
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    • VictoriaL46
      CommentAuthorVictoriaL46
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    Just finished watching ep2 I really think Kate's relationship might actually work but Emma's... Not so sure.

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    • EmmaH444
      CommentAuthorEmmaH444
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    Emma doesn't seem too keen does she? Looking forward to see how they get on living together.

    I'm still not sure how I feel about the whole thing but I can't stop watching it!

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    • TheNewMrsBarrett
      CommentAuthorTheNewMrsBarrett
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    I'm the same, really not sure but fascinated at the same time lol. Me and OH watched it and we both weren't sure about Emma. Will be interesting to see how they get on during the 5 weeks eh? Xx
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    • Sarah D
      CommentAuthorSarah D
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    Im looking forward to the next episode too! dying to see what happens xx

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    • VictoriaL46
      CommentAuthorVictoriaL46
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    So what's people thoughts on the final ep?

    My sumerisation. A few days ago I had a chat with a friend about this and one of the things I raised was I wouldn't be surprised if Kate and Jason's relationship was a bright shining star that burned out very quickly whilst Emma and James will maybe be the slow burn which would kindle something special.

    Can't believe I was right! Though very frustrated with how Jason turned out to be worthy of a slap with how he treated Kate (saying that there is a lot we don't see off camera and there is always more to it)

    One of the things that annoyed me is I picked up very quickly Jason never let his guard down and wore his anxiety. When chatting to my OH about this I said "what's the first thing either of us do when we get home? (Aside from going mental with the dog) and his response was "we change clothing into something else" now it doesn't matter that my work doesn't have a dress code. When I come home I change clothes because I want to step out of "work mode" and this makes me more comfortable, open and relaxed. I saw this with Emma and James but definitely not Kate and Jason. They kept their shoes on and work clothes on.

    Really happy for Emma and James and hope they have a wonderful life together. (I actually cheered and whooped at the end)

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    • CatherineR
      CommentAuthorCatherineR
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    I must admit, I was very annoyed with Jason because when he should be making it work with Kate or at least trying, what does she find, that he'd been on T1nder. I really thought these two would work and Emma and James would be the ones that would fizzle out but I was wrong and think they are both very sweet together now :) The way they are now living apart and making it fun, slowly building up their relationship is wonderful and so far, it seems to be working for them so go Emma and James!

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    • JennK
      CommentAuthorJennK
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    My thoughts exactly! I couldn't help but smile and go aww whenever they were shown messing about together :)

    As for Jason, what a t1t!

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    • EmmaH444
      CommentAuthorEmmaH444
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    Jason was a k**b, he didn't seem to want to try! I was also chuffed that James and Emma stayed together, he was really sweet :)

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    • princesspixie
      CommentAuthorprincesspixie
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    I've got to admit i really enjoyed the programme i did like a lot of others thought it would be a tacky programme that ruins the meaning of marriage but it was just lonely people trying to find their soul mate i really hope emma and james make it work they look so suited to each other would love channel 4 to do a follow up programme later on to see how they're getting on (suppose thats just me being nosey though) and yes i agree jason was a complete [email protected] xx

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    • Elinor Claire
      CommentAuthorElinor Claire
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    I haven't watched it, but the concept really worried me. I do definitely feel that marriage cannot be entered into lightly, and divorce should not be considered as the safety net in case you get it wrong, it should be the last resort when the unexpected happens and it falls apart. You should only go into marriage if you're 100% sure, not as part of an experiment. As a Christian in particular I find it really difficult to get my head around what seems to be saying it's not really a sacred lifelong union, if it goes wrong you can bail. I'm not saying that the concept of matching people scientifically is wrong. I would rather that they had paired people up to start a relationship, and followed the developing relationship to see what happened. Maybe send them off on holiday together to allow them to spend a decent amount of time together. Then revisit after a year to see if they stay together and decide to get married.

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