All this week ABC2 gives modern day dating and mating the prime time treatment with a mix of first-run and repeat titles in its Dating & Mating Week:
No Strings Attached
Screening nightly from Sunday 27 November, 8.10pm on ABC2 & iview
From the Aussie team who created the award winning Tales from Tinder, peak under the bed covers all over again with a brand new series exploring the exhilarating and often awkward world of dating apps. No Strings Attached once again uses puppets to bring to life the true tales of dating app dates as told by the people who’ve survived them. It’s Crank Yankers meets Creature Comforts on the set of The Bachelor. From Tinder to Grindr, RSVP to OK Cupid every date has a story to tell. This innovative, off-beat series, featuring the stories and voices of real people delivering a whole new swathe of diverse, dramatic, and daring tales of dating disasters and delights; from the shocking failures, bizarre revelations, and embarrassing slip- ups, to the rare stories where true love is found. From the dating app addict who swaps drugs for online dating; to the love sick existentialist who is brutally dumped; to the man who gets more than he bargained for when he sets his wife up on a date with his Tinder girlfriend. They’re not desperate but they are dateless, and their tales may make you think your own dating life never looked so good.
Monday 28 November, 9.20pm on ABC2 & iview
Revenge Porn investigates the dark side of sexting, revealing what can happen when your most intimate photos get into the wrong hands. For young people today sharing intimate, nude, and sexual pictures via text message and social media is commonplace, however, for many it has back fired. It is becoming increasingly common for angry ex’s to post private pictures online on revenge porn and social media websites, leaving young people more exposed than they would ever want to be to their friends, family, and people around the world. This modern phenomenon has become such a prominent issue that under new laws, revenge porn is now deemed illegal in the UK and perpetrators could face up to two years in prison. In this shocking documentary, presenter Anna Richardson, goes to extraordinary lengths to demonstrate just how an ex’s appetite for revenge can have devastating, life changing consequences. We meet the people who have fallen victim to a scorned ex, anti- revenge porn campaigners, experts in the field and even the perpetrators of these awful crimes.#RevengePorn
Dating the H Bomb
Monday 28 November, 11pm on ABC2 & iview
If using a condom is tough to bring up with your hot one-night stand, try telling them you have genital herpes. Dating the H Bomb is an unconventional documentary where three ordinary Australians candidly share deeply intimate stories of how they were first diagnosed with the herpes virus and their ensuing struggles as they search for love. Recorded anonymously and visually represented by puppets, we’ll hear how they’ve adapted to life and love with an incurable and totally taboo virus. Through interviews and re-enactments, we discover that even through our heroes have learnt the hard way, herpes has taught them more about love, sex, and human relationships than they ever anticipated.
Agony of Flirting
Tuesday 29 November, 9pm on ABC2 & iview
Our beloved Agony Aunts and Uncles are here to make you laugh and cry as they take a funny, emotional, and heart-warming look at one of society’s most sensitive topics – the Agony of Flirting. Feminism has been a thing since 1894, yet some men still don’t know the difference between flirtation and sexual harassment. In fact, a number of them continue to be concerned that by condemning sexual harassment, we will somehow accidentally sweep up well-meaning compliments and flirting as well. But feminists say there’s no need to panic and that women are still happy to flirt and be told they look nice, but they shouldn’t be treated like sex objects or have to put up with catcalls from building sites. Sounds fair. But the problem is some men have enjoyed positive responses from women after whistling at them from building sites and that’s why they continue to do it. So where’s the line? Feminists say that most men should be able to work out the difference between complimenting someone and harassing them. The clue is in the word: “harassment”. But are they overestimating men? Or do different women enjoy different kinds of interactions?
Tuesday 29 November, 9.30pm on ABC2 & iview
Pensioners, lawyers, married couples, and teenagers are all customers at the Angelo Love Hotel in Osaka Japan. With unprecedented access into one of the most private and anonymous spaces in Japanese society, this film follows the love hotel’s struggling manager and staff as they try to keep their hotel running, as well as revealing the intimate and private lives of the customers who visit. Japanese ‘love hotels’ are secretive labyrinths filled with intimate stories of strangers. The Angelo Hotel is one such place. It is not a brothel, but in a conformist society, it is only here where, with wife, mistress, partner or alone, people of all ages may unlock their desires and without judgment – ‘love’ and ‘be’ how they wish. #LoveHotel
The Gypsy Matchmaker
Wednesday 30 November, 8.30pm on ABC2 & iview
Roma Gypsies are Europe’s largest and arguably most persecuted ethnic minority, and its estimated 250,000 now live in Britain. With political pressure, in the UK, to curb immigration at an all-time high, this is a community under the spotlight. But what does it mean to be a Roma Gypsy? With no state of their own, no government and no written history, the most traditional Roma Gypsies have kept their culture alive by passing down age-old customs from father to son and from mother to daughter. Filmed over three months, with extraordinary access to two traditional Roma Gypsy families living across the Midlands, Manchester, and Yorkshire the film offers a never-before-seen insider view on a community living according to ancient customs. The documentary uncovers the codes these families live by and find a world where arranged marriages for children are commonplace and bride money is openly negotiated.
Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff
Wednesday 30 November, 9.20pm on ABC2 & iview
In Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff, Schumer airs every hilarious, messed up detail of her dating and sex life, from encounters with unexpected body parts to hate-filled personal grooming appointments. In her matter-of-fact raunchy style, at odds with her self-described ‘Cabbage Patch Kid’ appearance, Schumer tells stories of a boyfriend who makes dirty requests over dinner, the way she outsmarts her birth control, and a shocking ending to a seemingly innocent cab ride. Nothing is off-limits for Amy Schumer in her one-hour stand-up special, filmed live, in front of a live audience at the Historic Fillmore Theatre, in San Francisco. #MostlySexStuff
Thursday 1 December, 8.45pm on ABC2 & iview
Every day thousands of people are using their mobile phones to send sex messages… and not just mucky messages but photos too… Sexting is the latest tech driven phenomenon. So who are the gay, straight, married and single people who can’t live without it? Now that we carry mobile phones with us at all times, sexy messages and photographs can be exchanged in a way that they never could before. Sexting is so common that apps have been developed to allow people to ‘sext’ strangers based on locality, shared interests, and other filters. It has become a new dating tool, embracing men and women in all kinds of relationships. This documentary meets couples who use sexting to spice up their marriages, singles looking for love by sexting random strangers and sexting virgins who give it a go for the first time.
Hack Live: Swipe Right
Thursday 1 December, 9.30pm on ABC2 & iview
Is modern dating a disaster or dream come true? Over 3 million Australians under 30 are single – that’s a lot of us playing the dating game. And with 44% of young people having used a dating app or website according to triple j’s 2016 survey of its listeners – this is the new normal. Online dating, like everything else about the Internet, has increased convenience, multiplied our options and lowered the barriers. Is all this encouraging a culture of casual sex and loveless one night stands based on an endless cycle of meet, seduce and repeat or have they changed the way we find relationships today? Hack Live: Swipe Right takes a look at how we hook up in the 21st century. From pick-up apps to one night stands to the people who’ll pimp your tinder profile and those who haven’t figured out the rules of the modern dating game. Does anyone still meet in real-life, or has the dating landscape fundamentally changed forever? How is it impacting on our relationships – and ultimately our chances of love?
Find out on Hack Live: Swipe Right.
Luke Warm Sex
Friday 2 December, 9.10pm on ABC2 & iview
What could be more awkward (or more entertaining) than Luke McGregor talking about sex? Oh wait… Luke McGregor trying to get better at sex. Yep definitely way more awkward and seriously funnier. Luke’s not got the greatest sexual past, but he’s a successful comedian and actor now, practically a celebrity! It can only be a matter of hours before the girls start throwing themselves at him, so he’d better turn things around. In Luke Warm Sex, Luke McGregor is going to get better at sex with a little help from sexperts, therapists, scientists, tantric practitioners, and sexual empowerment coaches; with the aim of transforming him from lukewarm to red hot. But it’s not just about ‘doing it’. This journey is also about understanding sexual confidence, sexual identity, pleasure, intimacy, and creativity. Best of all, there are plenty of tips and take home info for viewers. Essentially a crash course in great sex as Luke takes on new challenges to show us that if someone as anxious as Luke can get better at sex, then anyone can!
Friday 2 December, 8.30pm on ABC2 & iview
From the producers of the acclaimed documentary film, Catfish, this is the TV series, co- hosted by Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, where young couples take their online romances into the real world. What will happen when they meet in person for the first time? Smart, single mom Miracle fell hard for Javonni, a dreamy-eyed Instagrammer. With Max on hiatus, filmmaker Nev teams up with TV personality Charlamagne to take Miracle on a hunt for the man of her dreams.
Sex Box 2
Friday 2 December, 9.40pm on ABC2 & iview
Sex is integral to our lives, but few of us talk about it openly and honestly with our partners. In Sex Box, couples discuss their feelings and sensations about their love life after having sex. Steve Jones and the Belgian sexologist Goedele Liekens present the show full of frank and funny information on how to improve your sex life. This new series of Sex Box is packed with insight, laughter, and practical advice. With a specially commissioned survey of sexual attitudes and how-to visual guides to sexual techniques, the series tells you all you ever wanted to know about sex, but were afraid to ask. Sex Box is a unique television experience that gets us all talking more openly about sex, and shows us how to have more fun in the bedroom! Season 1 originally screened as part of Channel 4’s Campaign for Real Sex season which looked at how pornography is affecting our lives and our sex lives.