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Take Me Out
Genre Game show
Presented by Paddy McGuinness
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 9
No. of episodes 92
Production
Location(s) Granada Studios (2010)
The Maidstone Studios (2010—)
Running time 60–90 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Talkback Thames (2010–12)
Thames (2012–)
Distributor FremantleMedia
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 16:9 (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 2 January 2010 (2010-01-02) – present
Chronology
Related shows Take Me Out: The Gossip
The Love Machine
Blind Date
External links
Website www.itv.com/takemeout/

Take Me Out is a dating game show presented by comedian Paddy McGuinness. Based on the Australian show Taken Out, it began airing on ITV in the United Kingdom and simulcast on TV3 in the Republic of Ireland on 2 January 2010. An unscreened pilot episode was for made Channel 4 in 2009, but it was ITV who picked it up for a series. The show is produced by Thames (formerly Talkback Thames). The show is currently sponsored by Scholl, as of 2017.

The first series was recorded at Granada Studios in Manchester, but has since been recorded at The Maidstone Studios in Maidstone, Kent, as it offered increased space and capacity for audience members.[1]

In 2012, the show introduced a spin-off show entitiled Take Me Out: The Gossip, which aired on ITV2 and was co-hosted by Zoe Hardman and Mark Wright in 2012 and 2013. It did not air in 2014, but returned in 2015 with Wright joined by new co-host Laura Jackson.[2]

Format

The objective of the show is for a single man to obtain a date with one of thirty single women. The women stand on stage underneath thirty white lights, each with a button in front of them. A single man is then brought down on stage via the 'Love Lift' and tries to persuade the women to agree to this date in a series of rounds, playing a pre-recorded video discussing his background, displaying a skill (such as dancing or playing a musical instrument), or playing another video in which the man's friends or family reveal more about his virtues and philosophy.

At any point during the rounds, the women can press the button in front of them to turn off their light if they do not believe a date with this man would be constructive to their well-being and if this occurs, their area of the stage will turn red. If, at the end of three rounds, there are still lights left on, the bachelor will turn off all but two of the remaining lights himself. He will then have a chance to ask one question to the last two women, before choosing which woman he wants to go on the date with by turning off one more light. If the man is left with two lights at the end of round 3, he will just ask his question to the two remaining women and if there is only one light left at the end of round 3, he will go on the date with that girl without asking her his question. There are usually four men brought on in the course of a single episode, though on some occasions segments have been cut and only three men have been shown.

If all the women turn off their lights before the end of the third round - this is referred to as a "blackout" - then the man must leave the show without going on a date, accompanied by the Céline Dion version of the hit Eric Carmen song "All by Myself". In the first series, the successful couples conducted their date at FERNANDO'S! in Manchester, which is actually Club Bijou on Chapel Street, the outcome of which is shown as part of the following week's show. For the second series, the date took place abroad on the Isle of FERNANDO'S!, a fictional location based in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife.[3] Previously the date took place in Cyprus. Successful couples leave the programme upstairs on the opposite side of the studio to the 'Love Lift', and a song, usually from the latin pop genre, will be played.[4]

Comedic value is mostly provided by McGuinness's array of catchphrases such as "Let the (object) see the (object)", "No likey, no lighty!", "If you're turned off, turn off", "If he's not Mr Right, turn off your light", "Get out there, turn one girl off and take one girl out!", "Come and get some Paddy love!", "The isle of...FERNANDO'S!".

Round 1

In this round the man comes down the love lift. He meets the girls and then says his name and where he is from. Paddy repeats but afterwards with one of catchphrases. Then the girls can turn off their light. From series 7 onwards, they have to write down a 'love at first light' from the girls who had left their lights on.

Round 2

This includes a pre-recorded video presented by the man. It sometimes includes interviews with his friends and family. It describes his personality and what they do. At any point the girls can turn off their light.

Round 3

In this round the man shows a skill in the studio. Alternately their friend or family can say a secret. At any point the girl can turn off their light.

Round 4

In this round the man turns off all the lights except 2 decided by himself. At the start of the round Paddy says " The power is in your hands " and pulls his hand down. Not every man does this round if there is only two girls left and some skip straight to round 5.

Round 5

In this round the man asks the girls who are remaining a question. The man then turns off the light of one girl. Paddy questions the chosen girl if they would rather know the man's 'love at first light' or not. Then they meet, go up the big stairs opposite the love lift and have a backstage interview.

Take Me Out: The Gossip

Take Me Out: The Gossip is a behind-the-scenes sister show that began airing weekly on ITV2 from series 3-5 and 7 onwards, following the broadcast of the main programme. It is currently presented by Laura Jackson and Mark Wright.[5] Zoe Hardman previously hosted the show with Wright. A similar format, previously broadcast online, featuring backstage gossip and interviews with the contestants, was regularly made available on itv.com just hours after the broadcast of the main programme.

Transmissions

Original series

Series Start date End date Episodes
1
2 January 2010
20 February 2010
8
2
11 December 2010
19 March 2011
14
3
7 January 2012
7 April 2012
14
4
6 October 2012
15 December 2012
10
5
5 January 2013
23 February 2013
8
6
4 January 2014
22 February 2014
8
7
3 January 2015
7 March 2015
10
8
2 January 2016
5 March 2016
10
9
15 April 2017
3 June 2017
8
10
2018
2018
TBA

Specials

Date Entitle
15 December 2012
Celebrity Christmas Special
20 December 2013
Over 50s Text Santa Special
31 December 2016
Celebrity Specials
19 February 2017
2018
Over 50s Special
2018
Special

Episodes and ratings

Episode viewing figures from BARB.[6]

Series 1 (2010)

Key:

     – Successful dates
# Airdate No. of couples First couple Second couple Third couple Fourth couple Viewers (millions) ITV weekly ranking
1
2 January 2010
3
Joe and Caroline
Greg (n/a)
Rob and Jo-Jo
Adam and Charlene
3.87
22
2
9 January 2010
3
Joel (n/a)
Ibrahim and Maria
Alan and Lia-Jay
Oliver and Louisa
4.72
29
3
16 January 2010
4
Kevin and Nicola
David and Georgee
Oliver and June
Tony and Jamie
4.74
18
4
23 January 2010
4
Tom and Cally
Robert Alston and Tandie
Boyd and Lindsey
Stefano and Joanne
4.92
20
5
30 January 2010
3
Jamie and Kelly
Darren (n/a)
Stefan and Becka
James and Laura
4.87
20
6
6 February 2010
3
Jonathan and Helen
Nathan and Shakira
Gregor (n/a)
Darren and Josephine
5.42
19
7
13 February 2010
3
Arton and Crystal
James and Claire-Louise
Thomas (n/a)
Sammy and Nat
4.71
19
8
20 February 2010
3
Tom and Sarah
Jack and Emily
Christian (n/a)
Ben and Daisy
5.39
17

Series 2 (2010–11)

# Airdate No. of couples 1st couple 2nd couple 3rd couple 4th couple Viewers (millions) ITV weekly ranking
1 (9)
11 December 2010
3
Danny and Vicky
Adrian (n/a)
Alistair and Alisha
Iain and Fern
5.96
18
2 (10)
18 December 2010
3
James (n/a)
Dan and Alice
Samson and Amy
Silky and Holly-Jade
5.10
14
3 (11)
1 January 2011
3
Stuart and Pegah
Fabian and Kay
Darren and Laura
Kristen (n/a)
Under 3.05
Outside top 30
4 (12)
8 January 2011
4
Scott and Kieney
John and Lisa
Chi and Cheryl
David and Donna
3.98
29
5 (13)
15 January 2011
3
Harry and Joanne
David (n/a)
Richie and Tasha
Gary and Elle
4.27
23
6 (14)
22 January 2011
4
Brett and Viv
Ian and Becky
James and Abi-Scarlett
Rob and Tanya
4.44
18
7 (15)
29 January 2011
4
John and Kerry
Tez and Kayleigh
Dan and Dawn
Jake and Sami
4.29
18
8 (16)
5 February 2011
3
Dean and Maria
Rick and Megan
Robbie (n/a)
Richard and Jacqui
4.28
19
9 (17)
12 February 2011
3
Sam and Claire
Charles and Carol
Simon and Natalie
Stephen (n/a)
4.74
18
10 (18)
19 February 2011
3
Ryan and Luissa
Neil (n/a)
Dan and Krista
Dean and Jo-Jo
4.42
19
11 (19)
26 February 2011
4
Frankie and Nicole
Riccardo and Vikki
Michael and Julie
Sonny and Samantha H
4.82
18
12 (20)
5 March 2011
4
Dave and Lucy
Adam and Katie
Chris and Kate
Michael and Adele
5.03
17
13 (21)
12 March 2011
4
Anthony and Ellie
Matt and Samantha
Andrew and Peggy
Dan and Lauren
4.89
20
14 (22)
19 March 2011
4
Dan and Nicola
John and Holly
Bobby and Jennifer
James and Marysia
5.50
14

Series 3 (2012)

# Air date No. of couples 1st couple 2nd couple 3rd couple 4th couple Viewers (millions) ITV weekly ranking
1 (23)
7 January 2012
3
Zac Efron & Lily Aldridge
Corbin Bleu & Jasmine Richards
Joel Semende & Amy Jackson
Diego Klattenhoff & Elsa Hosk
4.93
16
2 (24)
14 January 2012
3
Daniel DeSanto & Maiara Walsh
Noah Munck (n/a)
Daniel Franzese (n/a)
Jonathan Bennett & Vanessa Hudgens
4.94
17
3 (25)
21 January 2012
4
Lucas Grabeel & Ashley Benson
Nick Jonas & Victoria Justice
Keenan Tracey & Daniella Monet
David Henrie & Anna Maria Perez De Tagle
4.68
17
4 (26)
28 January 2012
4
style
Norman and Steph
Fabio and Carrie
Bobby and Bainsey
4.52
20
5 (27)
4 February 2012
4
Andy and Grace
Francis and Cate
Jake and Holly
Damion and Chelsea614
4.95
18
6 (28)
11 February 2012
22
Amar (n/a)
Olly and Mollie
Will (n/a)
Ross and Ciara
5.47
16
7 (29)
18 February 2012
3
Liam and Lucy
James and Fleur
Ben and Steph
Judi and Mike3
4.92
15
8 (30)
25 February 2012
3
Lee and Toni
Whyte (n/a)
Charlie and Danielle
John and Bec
5.15
18
9 (31)
3 March 2012
4
Michael and Sophie
David & Bethany
Ekene and Chloe
Ollie and Natacha
4.79
19
10 (32)
10 March 2012
3
Ben and Jude
Charles and Stephanie
Renny and Charlotte
Rory and Jade A4
4.47
19
11 (33)
17 March 2012
4
Mikey and Jamie
Jit and Gracie
Kenny and Becca
Billy and Emma
4.94
17
12 (34)
24 March 2012
4
Greg and Jo
Bambos and Katie
Matt and Fiona
Jarvis and Hannah5
4.71
18
13 (35)
31 March 2012
3
Lee (n/a)
Doug and Steph
Luke and Cony
Rob and Annie
4.58
16
14 (36)
7 April 2012
4
Tony and Lisa
Oba and Kirsten
Dave and Daniella14
David and Lucy7
4.28
17

Notes

  • ^Note 1 : The date segment of contestant Wen scoring a date with freelance journalist Aaron was axed from the programme after it transpired that Aaron had a criminal conviction for punching a woman, had worked as a male escort, and also had a long-term girlfriend; and that Wen was in fact a prostitute for a short period.[7]
  • ^Note 2 : Two blackouts occurred in one programme, becoming the first time this had ever occurred on the show.
  • ^Note 3 : The studio segment of contestant Judi scoring a date with builder Mike was axed from the programme, after it transpired that Mike was known to the police as a suspected sex offender. Judi did not return to the show.
  • ^Note 4 : The studio segment of contestant Jade scoring a date with banker Rory was axed from the programme, after it transpired that Rory was serving a suspended sentence for common assault. Jade did not return to the show.
  • ^Note 6 : Chelsea revealed on the 7 April episode of Take Me Out: The Gossip that she and Ben, the first contestant of the series, were getting married.
  • ^Note 7 : David set a record for having the highest number of girls left in the final round in the third series, with 27 leaving their light on after round three. Amy Childs also later went on to date David.

Series 4 (2012)

Key:

     – Successful dates
# Air date No. of couples 1st couple 2nd couple 3rd couple 4th couple Viewers (millions) ITV weekly ranking
1 (37)
6 October 2012
2
Leigh and Chloe-Marie
Drew (n/a)
Dyneal and Lily
James (n/a)
3.25
25
2 (38)
13 October 2012
4
Paul and Chanelle
Ben (n/a)8
Chris and Nadia
Will and Oli
Henry and Meggan9
3.35
23
3 (39)
20 October 2012
4
Ryan and Jordan
Yinka and Jo10
Chad and Fleur
Jonny and Ruby
3.23
27
4 (40)
27 October 2012
3
Ed and Lucy
Robin and Jamilah
Wez 16
Sam and Natalie
3.70
19
5 (41)
3 November 2012
3
Myko (n/a)11
Chris and Ella
Amar and Charlotte
Chiles and Ruth
Under 3.04
Outside top 30
6 (42)
10 November 2012
3
Jase and Dannika12
Jim (The Beatboxer) and Erica
Marco and Jo
Darrell (n/a)
Under 3.08
Outside top 30
7 (43)
17 November 2012
4
Matt and Leah
Pete and Katie
Sam and Samantha
Luke and Rachel
3.06
28
8 (44)
24 November 2012
4
Giles and Anglea
Dan and Kate
Hugh and Emily
Joe and Edelle
Under 3.10
Outside top 30
9 (45)
1 December 2012
3
Micky and Danielle
George and Emma
Iain (n/a)
Jordan and Victoria13
Under 3.09
Outside top 30
10 (46)15[8]
15 December 2012
3
Joe and Lois16
Matt and Natalie
Keith and Piri
n/a
4.04
14

Notes

  • ^Note 8 : Ben was the only contestant this series to receive a blackout on the second round (as opposed to the third and final round).
  • ^Note 9 : Will and Henry became the first pair of twins to come down the love lift, and go on a double date with their chosen dates.
  • ^Note 10 : In the final round, Yinka let his little brother, Jono, choose which of the two girls he should pick out of all of the remaining lights.
  • ^Note 11 : Despite the fact that Myko got a blackout, he later began dating Erica (who originally got a date with Jim from episode 6). Erica admitted that she regretted turning her light off for him.
  • ^Note 12 : Jase set a record (at the time) for having the highest number of ladies left in the final round in the fourth series, with 23 girls leaving their light on after round three.
  • ^Note 13 : Jordan became the first contestant in the history of Take Me Out to still have all 30 girls with their lights on in the final round.
  • ^Note 14 : Damion and Daniella returned to Take Me Out: The Gossip in October, and revealed that they were getting married.
  • ^Note 15 : Celebrity special.
  • ^Note 16 : Lois later took part in the quiz show The Chase[9]

Series 5 (2013)

Key:

     – Successful dates
# Air date No. of couples 1st couple 2nd couple 3rd couple 4th couple Viewers (millions) ITV weekly ranking
1 (47)
5 January 2013
3
Ben and Lily
Param (n/a)
Adam and Lucy-May
Jason and Jo
4.13
18
2 (48)
12 January 2013
3
Sam and Georgia
Will (n/a)
Dan and Danni
Troy and Naomi
4.38
19
3 (49)
19 January 2013
3
Adam (n/a)
Stephen and Bianca
Callum and Nikita
Kirk and Daisy
4.47
19
4 (50)
26 January 2013
4
Matt and Megan
Chris and Kate
Will and Thuy
Morakinyo and Claire
3.97
21
5 (51)
2 February 2013
4
Stuart and Robyn
Sen and Jade
Russell and Miki
Gavin and Gemma
4.01
19
6 (52)
9 February 2013
4
Chris and Janet
Ashley and Rach
James and Daniella
David and George
3.58
21
7 (53)
16 February 2013
3
Joe and Julia
Matt and Charlotte
Glenn and Alanna
Owen (n/a)
3.80
16
8 (54)
23 February 2013
4
Tom and Naomi
Henry and Rachel
Ben and Emma
Joe and Chloe
4.13
21

Series 6 (2014)

Key:

     – Successful dates
# Air date No. of couples 1st couple 2nd couple 3rd couple 4th couple Viewers
(millions)
ITV weekly ranking
1 (55)
4 January 2014
4
Adam and Leanne
Jason and Lisa
Ellison and Coryn
Sam and Sadie
4.03
20
2 (56)
11 January 2014
2
Grant (n/a)
Gavin and Sharon
Baffoe (n/a)
Fergus and Dolly
4.05
19
3 (57)
18 January 2014
4
Ryan and Chloe
Damon and Katie
Travis and Nicole
James and Colette
3.92
19
4 (58)
25 January 2014
4
Lew and Amanda
Oscar and Lici
Adam and Stacey
Danny and Jodie
3.69
21
5 (59)
1 February 2014
3
Jay and Marley
Frankie and Natasha
Paul (n/a)
Ashley and Georgia
3.31
26
6 (60)
8 February 2014
3
Ed and Jenny
Richard (n/a)
Arry and Gemma
Aran and Bethany
3.20
25
7 (61)
15 February 2014
4
Andrew and Amy
Mikey and Kate
Josh and Olivia
Paul and Lily-Mae
3.30
28
8 (62)
22 February 2014
4
Michael and Clarissa
Jason and Sophie
David and Zoe
Vincent and Kayleigh
3.64
19
Girls from Series 6

Series 7 (2015)

Key:

     – Successful dates
# Air date No. of couples 1st couple 2nd couple 3rd couple 4th couple Viewers
(millions)
ITV weekly ranking
1 (63)
3 January 2015
4
Ash and Daisy
Scott and Kat17
Steve and Gabriella
Craig and Natalie
2.76
22
2 (64)
10 January 2015
4
Peter and Becky
Liam and Chloe
Colin and Melanie
Chris and Jade
3.04
23
3 (65)
17 January 2015
3
Andrew and Kayleigh
Jamie and Christina
Matt (n/a)
Ross and Sophie
3.00
21
4 (66)
24 January 2015
4
Lewis and Natasha
Archie and Rosie
Adam and Aimee-Jayne
Scott and Dan
2.83
25
5 (67)
31 January 2015
4
Rob and Kim
Ryan and Amy
Karl and Rachel
Jamie and Alision
2.80
23
6 (68)
7 February 2015
3
Liam and Emily
Jonathan (n/a)
Nick and Looci
Glenn and Alicia
3.08
19
7 (69)
14 February 2015
4
Seeb and Holly-Jane
Ben and Dani
Will and Harriette
Phil and Christina
2.96
20
8 (70)
21 February 2015
4
Rich and Natasha
Joe and Naomi
Ashely and Lauren
Ross and Anusha
3.75
15
9 (71)
28 February 2015
3
Darian and Stephanie
Tony and Shadz
Ben and Whitney
Aaron (n/a)
3.24
19
10 (72)
7 March 2015
4
Leslie and Marian
Alan and Kirsty
Cole and Sophie
Pete and Kate
3.06
20
Girls from Series 7

Notes

  • ^Note 17 : On the last episode of the series, whilst looking at the dates from the episode, Scott and Kat returned, saying that they were celebrating their 10-week anniversary in Fernando's.

Series 8 (2016)

Key:

     – Successful dates
# Air date No. of couples 1st couple 2nd couple 3rd couple 4th couple Viewers
(millions)
ITV weekly ranking
1 (73)
2 January 2016
3
Freddie and Laura
Nik (n/a)
Joe and Megan
Gaz and Charlotte (1)
3.24
14
2 (74)
9 January 2016
3
Rhys and Darcie
Ellis and Gina
Ola (n/a)

London

Sam and Joanna

Chester/Belfast

2.80
29
3 (75)
16 January 2016
4
Mitch and Vivienne

Bristol/Luton

Adam and Laura

Essex/Hull

Nathan and Chloe

Salisbury/Warrington

Rick and Ashleigh
3.12
21
4 (76)
23 January 2016
3
James and Bev

Skegness/Rotherham

David and Ella
Sam and Margarita
Al (n/a)
2.83
25
5 (77)
30 January 2016
4
Paul and Terezita
Harry and Amy
David and Emma (1)
Ben and Lotte
Under 2.85
Outside Top 30
6 (78)
6 February 2016
4
James and Beckie
Josh and Leanne
Ian and Charlotte (2)
Ben and Em
3.01
23
7 (79)
13 February 2016
4
Keshav and Ruth
Scott and Jemima
Adam and Roberta
Cory and Sophie (1)
2.96
21
8 (80)
20 February 2016
4
Luke and Andrea
Nathan and Cat
James and Shelley
David and Nandini
3.30
18
9 (81)
27 February 2016
4
Louis and Lee
Tom and Jodie
Patrick and Lacey
Jon and Trudy
2.99
22
10 (82)
5 March 2016
4
John and Alice
Andrew and Soph
Ian and Ndana
Jono and Sophie (2)
2.87
23
Girls from Series 8

Specials (Christmas 2016 & Valentine's Day 2017)

Key:

     – Successful dates
# Air date No. of couples 1st couple 2nd couple 3rd couple 4th couple Viewers
(millions)
ITV weekly ranking
1 (83)
31 December 2016
3
Thom and Tabitha
Roman and Jodie
Ritchie and Lolly
N/A
2.32
29
2 (84)
19 February 2017
3
James and Shauni
Nile and Laura
Melvin and Jordan
N/A
TBA
TBA

Series 9 (2017)

Key:

     – Successful dates
# Air date No. of couples 1st couple 2nd couple 3rd couple 4th couple Viewers
(millions)
ITV weekly ranking
1 (85)
15 April 2017
3
Mike and Kirstin
Dave (n/a)
Conrad and Corinne
Daniel and Ciara
3.25
17
2 (86)
22 April 2017
4
Ricardo and Helen
Charlie and Jo-Tara
Harry and Tasha
Dan and Kate
3.28
18
3 (87)
29 April 2017
4
Rixy and Krystal
Luke and Em
Bayo and Miriam
Tommy and Cara-Jane
3.05
27
4 (88)
6 May 2017
4
Steve and Sarah
Diego and Phillippa
Ryan and Paige
Michael and Aneeka
3.62
18
5 (89)
13 May 2017
4
Neale and Anna
Ben and Emily
Jonny and Charley
Will and Han
3.32
20
6 (90)
20 May 2017
4
Dathan and Shelley
George and Hannah
Nick and Katy-Jay
Scott and Nicola
3.48
16
7 (91)
27 May 2017
4
Dee and May
Johnny and Gillian
Declan and Rebecca
Gee and Mimi
2.82
21
8 (92)
3 June 2017
4
Mitch and Vicky
James and Becky
Joey and Daisy
Danny and Kaysha
2.03
N/A
Girls from Series 9


International versions

Reception

Viewership

Take Me Out has proven popular with the public, generally pulling over 3 million viewers per episode.

Critical reception

In its early days, Take Me Out was reviewed negatively by critics. Shortly after the second series began in December 2010, The Guardian's Tim Dowling said that, "When you strip away its tired, utterly false premise, all that remains of Take Me Out is a lot of flashing lights and some scripted innuendo delivered in a range of regional accents."[10] Reviewing the show after the second series concluded in March 2011, Manchester Grouch of Manchester Central wrote: "ITV should consider renaming the show 'Desperate Moron Lift Disco'" and concluded the review by comparing it to "...a drunken Saturday night out that ends up in a dodgy club having a quick fumble with that girl from the hairdressers you’ve been eyeing up all week."[11] Writing for the Metro during the third series of the show in January 2012, Rachel Tarley said that Take Me Out was the "death knell for feminism disguised as entertainment".[12]

However, after the beginning of the fifth series in January 2013, Julia Raeside, also writing for The Guardian, admitted that the show had become "must-see TV" and was "a worthy successor to Blind Date": "...when Take Me Out noisily barged its way on to the Saturday night schedules in 2010, it was too much for me. The little I'd seen of it put me off trying a whole episode...But about a series ago, Take Me Out really started to grow on me. One night, out of sheer laziness, I didn't bother to switch over – and now they've got me. I don't like nightclubs and I cover my upper arms at all times. But the women behind those podiums, however much I fail to identify with them for wanting to be on TV with their armpits constantly on show, make it gripping viewing."[13]

Controversies

Throughout its run, several Take Me Out contestants, both male and female, have caused controversy by hiding things that are against the show's rules or have offended viewers and/or other contestants by their actions.[citation needed]

Jim Brown

Wrestler Jim Brown, the first contestant on the first series, was accused of continually harassing his date Caroline Mellor despite the fact that their date did not work out. Caroline claimed to receive numerous phone calls and texts from him for over four months. Jim was later also charged with possession of child pornography on his computer.[14] Prior to this, Jim was caught pleasuring himself in a Wishaw Sports Centre cubicle, which alerted the police to investigate him.[15] On 21 March 2014, Jim was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for flouting a ban on going near children.[16]

Wen-Jing Mo and Aaron Withers

The date segment of contestant Wen-Jing Mo scoring a date with construction worker Aaron Withers was axed from the programme after it transpired that Aaron had a criminal conviction for punching a woman, had worked as an escort, and also had a long-term girlfriend, and that Wen-Jing had also worked as an escort for a short period ten years previously.[7]

Damion Merry

The studio segment of contestant Chelsea Stewart scoring a date with model Damion Merry caused controversy when broadcast. During the third and final round, it became apparent that Damion used to date reality television series personality Jodie Marsh, and he later told one of the girls who had turned her light off, Lucy Harrold, that he would have picked her, offending all the girls who still had their lights on.[17] It later transpired that not only was Damion not single at the time the programme was filmed, he was also about to marry his girlfriend Sarah Ann Gras; the segment was broadcast a month after the wedding took place.[18] On This Morning, Marsh later denied having ever dated Damion, saying: "I tell you what, this guy - I went on one date with him, one date...We had pictures in a nightclub, he sold the pictures to the TV show or whoever and gave 'em away and now, it's being told that we had a whole full blown relationship and that I was his ex-girlfriend."[19]

Rory Alexander

The studio segment of contestant Jade scoring a date with banker Rory Alexander was axed from the programme, after it transpired that Rory was serving a suspended sentence for common assault. Jade did not return to the show.[20]

Jarvis Walters

The studio segment of contestant Hannah Reville scoring a date with semi-professional footballer Jarvis Walters was axed from the programme, after it transpired that Jarvis had served a 12-month community order for assaulting another man in a nightclub in 2009. Hannah did not return to the show.[21]

Param Singh

Many viewers were extremely offended when one of the girls who left her light on for contestant Param Singh made a joke about contestant Param's turban, saying she was interested in him because she could use his turban to store her phone. Despite the fact Param himself took it light-heartedly, many Sikhs found this remark to be extremely offensive. Param later went on to describe the backlash that he received from sections of the Sikh community.[22]

Fakery claims

In 2012, several of the contestants accused the show's producers of telling them whom to choose on each episode. Female contestants complained that they were forced to choose men who they didn't find attractive, while some of the show's male contestants went home without a date after the girls were told not to choose them.

"The whole thing is totally misleading and leaves a whole lot of people feeling humiliated and exploited afterwards," one girl who had appeared on the show told the media.

"The producers pulled some of the girls in and said, 'If you’re waiting for George Clooney or Brad Pitt, they’re not coming',"

"They told us to keep our lights on for the next contestant, who was more than 10 years younger than me. I refused and was taken off."

Other female contestants reported that producers had told them to reject certain men even if they liked them because it made better television.[23][24][25][26]

Influences

Take Me Out is cited by the creators of the website tubecrush.net as being an influence for their website, as they saw it as an example of how the sexual objectification of men had become part of mainstream culture in the UK.[27]

Take Me Out – The Album

Take Me Out – The Album is a 60-song compilation album, which was released 18 November 2013.[28]

Track listing

Board game

A board game was released on 3 August 2011. It contains: light and buzzer number unit, 100 single man cards, 50 the power is in your hand cards, 1 single girl pad, 12 isle of Fernando's vouchers, coloured dice and rules.[29]

References

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  9. ^ Series 8, episode 94
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  14. ^ Andy Crick and Alastair Taylor (23 January 2012). "'I was stalked by Take Me Out date' - Child porn fiend harassed mum". The Sun. London. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  15. ^ Paedophile who exposed himself at Wishaw Sports Centre freed from prison Daily Record
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  19. ^ "Jodie Marsh denies dating Take Me Out rat Damion Merry". New!. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  20. ^ mirror.co.uk (14 January 2012). "Take Me Out rocked after SECOND criminal assault conviction is revealed". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  21. ^ Sheridan, Amy (28 March 2012). "Take Me Out beauty Hannah axed after her date hides his assault conviction". Daily Mail. London: Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Is your faith holding you back?". Channel 4. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  23. ^ Metro. "Take Me Out Branded Fake". 
  24. ^ Metro. "Fake Me Out:". 
  25. ^ Simon, Boyle. "Fake Me Out: Girls 'told which men to choose for date' in TV scam". 
  26. ^ Bunce, Jane (17 March 2012). "Dating show branded a sham". Daily Mail. London. 
  27. ^ Cooke, Matt (25 August 2011). "Tube and train commuters caught on camera". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  28. ^ "Take Me Out - The Album: Amazon.co.uk: Music". 
  29. ^ "Take Me Out Board Game". 

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