He was the cutest, nicest guy - I thought he was just adorable, and his hand didn't bother me in the least.

Maybe this isnt related but I dated a deaf girl way back.

She might have noticed that Penny, who's about half her height, and quite an unusual shape, with quite an unusual face, had learnt that her unusual appearance was no barrier to future dates.

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"I think," said his mother, who was clearly desperate for her 37-year-old son to find a girlfriend, "you could be more flexible." Richard pulled a face. It went quite well, that is, until Dawn, the woman the dating agency had arranged for him to meet, suddenly announced she had to go. "He's a good-looking chap," he said, imagining what people might say about him, in tones that made you think he might burst into tears, "but he's an idiot."It was a roller coaster, this programme about the dating efforts of a group of "extraordinary singletons" some people might brand "undateable".

Would Richard's next date, with a smiley French financier called Patricia, go better?

But now, thanks to a new Channel 4 series called The Undateables, even those of us who aren't God do.

It is, said Richard, an amateur radio enthusiast with Asperger's, a condition that's "like a radio key" that's slightly "off-tune".

One of the Dorothies, who won a silver medal in the hundred metres, said that the first thing her father said when she got home was "don't let it go to your head".

When pushed by Sue Mac Gregor to let it, for a moment, she said she couldn't.But when, after a second date that seemed to go brilliantly, Lucy announced that she was "happy to have met someone as cool as him", some of us were fighting tears.And when Penny, who's a trapeze artist training to be a primary school teacher, and who's also three foot three, was getting ready for her first ever date, some of us felt as nervous as if it was our own. Her ideal man, she said, would be a six-foot-tall policeman.And that they hated her so much that she had problems making friends.If she had seen The Undateables, she might have noticed that what Luke said he was looking for was someone who was "sweet" and "caring" and "kind", and that Lucy, who was clearly all of these, liked him because he was modest, and funny, and fun.Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick!