The Daily Prompt today is The Outsiders and the brief is to Tell us about the experience of being outside, looking in — however you’d like to interpret that.
I had already decided that I wanted today’s post to be about the Channel 4 programme called The Undateables. It is about a group of single people who have disabilities and their attempts to find love.
These people have such huge hurdles to climb. In the last series there was a 38-year-old lady whose severe OCD means she cannot have any physical contact with anyone because she is afraid of contamination by people’s germs and a 28-year-old man who has osteogenesis imperfecta which makes his bones very brittle – he has broken his legs more than 150 times during his lifetime and uses a wheelchair. There were others with autism, Down’s Syndrome, dwarfism and Tourette’s Syndrome. They just want to find someone to love them and they must feel that they are on the outside, looking in, when they see other people in couples.
Sometimes people with disabilities are treated as outsiders by those without disabilities. They are ignored, stared at, laughed at or people make cruel comments about them. People with physical disabilities are often excluded from places because there isn’t proper disabled access though things are better these days than they used to be.
The first two series of The Undateables were uplifting, moving, inspirational and, at times, funny. The individual characters were so heart-warming I found myself rooting for them all to overcome their various obstacles to find someone who would love them. I challenge you to watch this series without feeling the same way.
The Undateables is on Channel 4 at 9.00 pm tonight. Enjoy!