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, an oddball, surprisingly techie new United Kingdom dating game show, which asks its participants to design their ideal partner, then tracks down enough of them to fill a room, and lets the would-be dater reel in horror at the discovery that hipster men with well-groomed facial hair, thick-rimmed glasses and the ability to play simple chords on acoustic guitar aren’t totally unique, once-in-a-lifetime individuals. ) “I pitched this as, ‘If Alfred Hitchcock had made a dating show, it would look like this,” David Flynn, co-founder of Youngest Media, the production company behind the show, told Digital Trends.

He said that the idea grew out of the lie that most dating shows try and sweep under the rug: that people don’t immediately gravitate toward their “type,” and then spend the rest of the show going through the motions before they can select the person they fancied from the beginning.

More often than not the questions would be of a quirky nature. G.: "If we were marooned on a desert island, what would be the first thing you'd do and why? During a commercial break, the girl would think about which bachelor she'd select.

When the show returned, Jim would have her announce her choice.

The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date.

Sometimes the process was switched, with a male questioning three females.

THE DATING GAME was and still is by all accounts, the premiere game show for singles.

On less frequent occasions, the roles were reversed.

Jim Lange, fresh from his announcing duties with Tennessee Ernie Ford stepped through the flower-speckled rotating partitions for the first of many, many times shortly before Christmas 1965. On one side you had 3 bachelors answering questions from a girl on the other side of the partition (each not being able to see the other).

The girl was given a certain amount of time to ask as many questions as she could to the 3 bachelors.

The Dating Game (also known as The New Dating Game and The All-New Dating Game) is the long-running dating game show where one girl or one guy had to choose between three bachelors or bachelorettes to go out on a date for which the producers pay.

Generally the bachelorette would ask a series of questions to each of the three hidden bachelors.

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