REVIEW: Undressed is more than titilating entertainment
WOULD you feel comfortable stripping down to your underwear in front of a stranger?
And what if it wasn't in the change rooms at the gym or in your togs at the beach but on a blind date?
That's the premise of a new reality dating series commissioned by SBS, which premieres tonight.
Based on the original Italian format, Undressed is inspired by research suggesting you can accelerate the process of attraction by encouraging physical and emotional contact.
In each episode, two pairs of strangers meet in a room furnished only with a bed and a large-screen TV.
Instructions and questions flash up on the screen, guiding the strangers through the process. The first directive is for the participants to undress each other.
As the experiment continues, the couple get into the bed and answer a series of probing and deeply personal questions.
At the end of the date, each person is given the choice to stay and get to know their counterpart better or to get dressed and leave.
Similar to Nine's Married At First Sight, the singles are matched based on their personalities.
But rather than getting married and moving in together, the couples have just half an hour to decide if they want to see each other again.
Nervous giggles soon give way to deep and meaningful conversations about relationships, family, cultural backgrounds and personal values and ambitions - it's like speed dating with a lot more skin.
It takes a brave person to volunteer for a show like this and clearly most of us will be much more comfortable watching, clothed, from the comfort of our lounge rooms.
The series is produced by Screentime and Banijay Group, the company behind the ABC's surprise hit Anh Do's Brush With Fame.
Undressed premieres on SBS tonight at 9.30pm. SBS On Demand will also feature uncut versions of each episode from next Monday, January 23.