We can’t be certain of many things in life. No one knows whether the career break they dream of will ever really happen, we can’t be sure we’ll give birth to those two perfect children, or that a beautiful house with climbing roses will ever be our reality.

Tis the Season to Be Mating

What we can be assured of, is that whilst some of us look for pleasure in reading books, travelling, exploring new cuisines or making friends, we are all united in the fact we all want to find love in one way or another. It may not be for you now or next year, love may have already come and then gone. For you, love may be found after you thought you’d already found it, or it may raise its head more than once or only once. But what we are sure of is that it’s out there, it’s yours for the taking and you shouldn’t miss out!

Still not convinced? Then we and Channel 4 have the answer, the the start of their new mating season – a series of programmes on modern dating in the 21st century. Set to guide the contemporary Janes (and Joes) through the minefield that can be dating, if you need confirmation we’re all in the same boat when it comes to falling in love, then this one’s for you. Shedding light on a new era of love searching and its complexities, the season line up includes ‘Dates’ an original nine-part drama from the maker of Skins, Bryan Elsley, and documentaries ‘How to Find Love Online’, ‘First Dates’ and ‘Why Am I Still Single?’

Our favourite is the witty, sexy and emotional nine part drama ‘Dates’ , that shows love is never packaged in the ways we might expect or hope for. As we see Will Mellor (Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps), play the role of young widower, David, taking his first foray into online dating, we familiarise with a guy that quite honestly deserves a break. However, when he meets Mia (Oona Chaplin), a beautiful unknowable siren, David quickly realises he’s bitten off more than he can chew and we learn that love online doesn’t guarantee simplicity.

If the increasingly popular reality television is more your style, a brand new interactive documentary series, following the thrills, fears and loves of modern dating is for you. With nine million Brits now looking for love online, this series offers the opportunity to experience what it’s like to meet potential partners from the internet for the first time. The First Dates restaurant is the setting for people from all walks of life, from around the country, who are looking for love, and who might just find someone to share their life with. This six-part series follows eight new couples each week. From the moment they lay eyes on each other to their parting glance, the hour-long programmes show every shared joke, faux pas and blossoming connection as the series aims to capture first love unfolding. At the end of every date, all the couples talk candidly to the camera about their evening and answer the killer question: will they see each other again?

While the brand new season opens up people’s eyes to more avenues to dating, it begs the question: Are we increasing opportunities for love or just increasing our chances of getting hurt? If we learn anything from Channel 4’s new season, it’s that love is complicated. But if nothing else, Channel 4’s unique ability to deliver real, true, believable and relatable content is better than ever. If one thing becomes clear, online in its bid to dominate the world, won’t be stopping at our love lives. Is it time to get involved?

To learn more about this year’s ‘Mating Season’, be sure to visit Channel4,com, check out the video below or wait for the release very soon… In the meantime, we want to hear your love stories or tragedies, give us a comment below.

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