Are You the One? UK



Joelah Noble


Lime Pictures in association with Malta Film Commission for MTV, 8 August to 10 October 2022 (10 episodes in 1 series)


MTV's super-boffins reckon they know everything. How to have a hit record, how to make a better bit of butter, how to run a music channel while showing zero music videos.

And, most importantly, MTV's super-boffins reckon they know the perfect romantic partner for everyone on the planet. By a fantastic coincidence, many of the perfect pairings were amongst applicants for Are You the One?. What are the chances of that, eh?

Just the snogging, for now.

So the MTV super-boffins pair the contestants up. But the contestants don't know who their perfect matches are. Surely, if the matches are as perfect as they claim, it would be obvious - but evidently not. The challenge: find your selected "perfect match", and if all ten couples can be found at the same time, everyone wins £10,000 each.

In each episode, two pairs of contestants go on dates with partners determined by random chance (a bit dull) and/or competitions (which are often great fun). One of the pairs is voted to go to a "truth booth", where they're told if they are a correct match. Once a match is found, the couple need not take part in any more matchmaking games.

We're on a date.

At the end of each episode, the contestants pair up in a "matchup ceremony". They learn how many perfect matches they have, but not which matches are correct. (Unlike some overseas versions, the prize didn't get reduced if the players fail to identify any matches other than those already confirmed in the "truth booth".)

The show was filmed in the American style: most of the narration is told through contestant voiceover, sometimes contestants are primed to do things that will help advance the edit, and there's an unnatural amount of whooping and clapping throughout.

It's our host, Joelah Noble.

Joelah Noble was the nominal host, she came into the villa to run the challenges - decide who's going on a date, who's going to the Truth Booth, and preside over the Matchup Ceremony. She could have done a little more narration.

Are You the One? concentrated on the relationships, and barely acknowledged the gameplay and combinatorics. It made for a stronger show, though it meant some of the contestants were sidelined throughout the edit - only selected long-running plots received significant airtime.


Based on Are You the One? which has been airing on MTV's American channel since 2014.

See also

Weaver's Week review


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