Reality TV came muscling in on the world of the learned science documentary in the second part of Robert Winston’s latest series. The Prof – a hammy presenter with a touch of lounge lizard about him – was examining sexual desire so we had to have a bit of Blind Date-cum-Would Like To Meet. A lively, giggly girl – who fancies Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay with his wild stubble and crazy hats – was paired with a stiff, posh dentist with greying temples and a tightly-knotted tie. It came to nothing and proved nothing.
A touch of What Not To Wear showed that if you wear a big woolly jumper, you’ll be regarded as less attractive than if you are kitted out in a sharp suit costing a few grand. We all could have guessed that, and there were no surprises either in the sequence borrowed from Streetmate. Cute actors were sent out to ask people to sleep with them. None of the girls would agree to the man’s request; lots of the boys were only too keen to satisfy the girl’s demands. Hardly a jaw-dropping result.
The only decent experiment involved The Prof sniffing soiled T-shirts worn in bed for two nights by young women – the sort of stunt Denise Van Outen pulled on her Something For The Weekend show. It was supposed to display that he would be more attracted to women who had immunity to diseases which his genes were lacking. It worked perfectly – and was quite amazing – but would have been much more fun with the sound of Denise cackling away in the background.