In this two-part series Dawn O'Porter presents the definitive guide to online dating. The series looks into the biggest phenomenon in our collective love lives since the contraceptive pill. Nine million of us logged on to a dating site in 2011, generating £170 million and the business is booming. But finding love online can be a daunting process. In programme one, Dawn follows 25 singletons as they experience online dating for the first time. Along the way she finds out how to get the best out of online dating and how to avoid the hidden pitfalls.
Dr Xand Van Tulleken is single and looking for love. Mathematician Dr Hannah Fry wants to use him as her guinea pig to test whether the algorithms that dating sites use to match people actually work. While Hannah builds a dating site, Xand meets the scientists investigating online dating - and learns what pictures to use and what to write in his profile. He tries out a 'bot' that has automated a swiping app and has an MRI scan to find out whether his brain is equipped for love. 50 members of the public take part in some mini experiments at a date night - and Xand goes on various dates to test whether the algorithm is better than him choosing randomly.
Angie Rossini is an innocent (Italian Catholic) Macy's salesgirl, who discovers she's pregnant from a fling with Rocky, a musician. Angie finds Rocky (who doesn't remember her at first) to tell him she's pregnant and needs a doctor for an abortion. He finds her a doctor and they work together to raise the money. Can these two strangers find love with one another before it's too late?