Move over Mr Darcy! Every evening for the last few weeks, 1.25 million people have been tuning in to ITV2 for an indulgent hour watching Love Island.
The dating reality TV show sees contestants thrown into a house on a mission to find love. Those not in a couple at the “recoupling ceremonies” are “dumped” from the island. With minimal brain power required it’s the epitome of trash TV.
The show has made headlines for the risqué behaviour seen on screen but also the huge range of people who are sitting down to watch it.
Btu why did so many people tune in, what impact can it have, and do we need to exercise caution in what we watch? As the final aired last night, founder of the Romance Academy, Rachel Gardner, gives her views…