8:30pm – Friday, July 6 on ABC2
Switch on your gaydars everybody…the eight-part UK reality series Playing it Straight kicks off Friday 6 July at 8.30pm. With hilarious narration from chatty man Alan Carr, and hosted by Jameela Jamil, Playing it Straight is a dating game with a twist.
Eleven strapping lads are out to try and win the heart of one beautiful single girl – Cara. But while some of the guys are straight and genuinely want to win Cara’s affections, others are merely playing it straight – they are in fact gay and are out to try and deceive Cara into thinking that they’re the right man for her. With �50,000 up for grabs the stakes are high.
Cara and the guys move into our luxurious Spanish villa together, and over eight episodes the boys take part in a series of comedy challenges, all the time trying to win time alone with Cara in a bid to persuade her that they’re straight and the one for her. Each challenge plays on some form of male stereotyping – will the performance of each potential suitor give any clues as to their true sexuality? Cara needs to watch carefully, because, in each show, she will eliminate one or more of our guys from the game – but will Cara make the right choices, based on what she’s seen.
At the end of it all, if Cara chooses a straight boy they both win �25,000 each. However if she picks one of the gay guys who’s been Playing it Straight, he will walk away with the whole �50,000, and she will win nothing.
In the age of the ‘metro-sexual’ can Cara tell who’s straight, and who’s Playing it Straight? For that matter, can we?