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MAKE LOVE NOT WAR: ‘Raunchy’ BBC Three ‘Love Island’ Rival Set to Launch 

FORGET MAD Vlad and Bulldog Bozzer, a new battle is set to take to the airwaves between the publicly funded BBC and its rival, the privately funded ITV.

‘Love in the Flesh’ is a new reality show set to drop on BBC Three ‘in weeks’ to rival ITV2’s hit series Love Island.

It will launch on Wednesday, March 23 on BBC Three at 9pm, with the first couple of episodes available on free BBC iPlayer service.

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BBC sources revealed to Politicalite last night that the show will tackle modern love at a time when more relationships develop and exist online than ever before. 

The new series on the newly relaunched youth wing of the Beeb shows the corporation’s commitment to appealing to younger more diverse audiences that the BBC needs to survive. 

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Love in the Flesh will explore what happens when couples finally meet face to face.

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It truly reflects the current dating climate for young people that are living in a digital age and constantly glued to screens. 

This show is about interrogating how far online chemistry can go without that in-person connection – someone could be hugely flirty and forward online, but when you meet them, they could be super shy and quiet!

Having started their relationships through apps, stories and DMs, some couples will have been chatting for years whilst others have only been flirting for months or weeks. But does their online persona match their real-world self?

None of them has met due to personal situations or factors like location so they will meet each other for the first time at a beach house and finally get the opportunity to spend proper time together. 

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This is where they begin to find out what the person they’ve been chatting to all this time is really like and whether this is a relationship they want to take back into the real world.

As with all relationships, some will work and some won’t. If online couples do decide to split, there are opportunities to form new relationships and to compare the chemistry of online versus real-world connections.

Throughout the series, the couples learn from each other, take on challenges to explore different sides of their relationship and discuss the differences in their dating behaviour when there are no filters and no screens to hide behind. Zara is there as a confidante and a guide and the series will also unpick wider themes relating to dating and the benefits or pitfalls when it comes to trying to make connections online or in person.

BBC Three boss Fiona Campbell told Politicalite: “Love in the Flesh is a fresh new format for BBC Three that tackles modern dating.” 

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“As more and more relationships begin online and often never move to the real world, we wanted to explore the differences between dating online and dating in person in a fun, engaging way.” 

“Meeting new partners in person has been hard and loneliness has been a big issue so this series aims to couple the best bits of reality TV with purpose.”

“It’s great to be working with Zara again who is really proving herself as a versatile presenter and brilliant new talent for BBC Three.”

Zara McDermott, says: “Making Love In The Flesh was an incredible experience and being able to present this show is an absolute dream come true for me.”

It truly reflects the current dating climate for young people that are living in a digital age and constantly glued to screens. 

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This show is about interrogating how far online chemistry can go without that in-person connection – someone could be hugely flirty and forward online, but when you meet them, they could be super shy and quiet!”

“I loved meeting the couples for the first time, some had been speaking online for YEARS and the emotion and anticipation behind each of those moments was incredibly touching and watching those relationships cross from digital to real life with my very own eyes was really magical. 

I’m really glad to be part of a series that tells some amazing stories and gives our couples the chance to take the plunge with relationships that otherwise may never have come to existence. 

I’m sure the audience will connect with many of the stories in the same way that I did.”

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Love in the Flesh streams from Wednesday, March 23rd on BBC Three TV and iPlayer.  

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