Set The Video – Love Trap, Channel 4, Wednesday, 10pm

Channel 4 puzzle me sometimes. They can come up with mindfrying programmes like Britz that engage and generate fiery discussion (see the comments on the Britz articles here and here) as well as, on the flipside, creating absolute TV toilet like You Are What You Eat. I’m guessing that their newest show, Love Trap (Channel 4, Wednesday, 10pm) is in the same camp as the latter.

So what is Love Trap? No, it’s not show that is centred on a pit of genitals with teeth which hapless victims fall into but rather, a quest to find who the most romantic men on earth are. I’d bet that the simple answer to this quest lies in looking for people who aren’t morons. Anyway, this show delves into the murky world of the casanova and his mating rituals as men of different nationalities aim to woo a Swedish girl.

Five men who fancy their chances from across the world have been brought to London to sweep Carolina, a 24-year-old single girl from Sweden, off her feet. Through our fingers, we’ll see an Italian, a German, an Australian, a Ugandan and a Brit pulling out all the moves and going on a charm offensive. In fact, offensive might just be the key here. The men don’t know about one another with each deeming himself special enough to warrant his own show.

As is par for the course with shows like this, we’ll see what these preposterous fools get up to via hidden cameras and set-up scenarios. Of course, we’ll all get to hop around ranting and raving about national stereotypes. Naturally, this will see the Brit blokes shouting “SEE?! I TOLD YOU ITALIAN MEN ARE ALL SLIMY! before mewing “That’s not fair… not all of us Brits are like that prick!” Ah, the joy of being a hypocrite…

To catch these randy buggers out, they’ll face challenges that include dealing with a 6ft 6in love rival, dodgy cab drivers, a street mugger, naked saunas, and honey trap girls. Of course, this is exactly the same as the course of real and true love. Naturally, the stereotypes are under the microscope… but aren’t we forgetting someone? Are we to hope that the Swedish girl will be sexually mature, adventurous and game for a gang-bang? Oh hang on, that’s sexist isn’t it? Men… we’ve only got one thing on our minds eh?

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