BBC set to launch dating show to rival Love Island dubbed Love In The Flesh

The BBC is set to launch a new dating show that will rival Love Island.

Keen to capitalise on the huge success of the ITV programme, the Beeb is focusing its energies on a post-Covid dating show.

The new show, called Love In The Flesh, will help couples to meet in real life after thinking they’ve found ‘The One’ via dating apps during the pandemic.

The potential beaus will meet for the first time for an exotic first date abroad, Love Island style.

Cameras will follow each couple at their sun-drenched destination, to see if their sparks can be fanned into a flame.

And viewers could be set for even more sultry scenes in the new BBC Three show, as each couple attempts to discover if their romance translates into real life.

The show is set to begin filming this summer, with a potential air date set for later this year – depending, of course, on Covid-19 restrictions.

It comes as the Love Island launch date is officially set for June 28, which will see singletons flocking to Majorca’s iconic villa – and with fans gearing up for the new series, it’s easy to see why the BBC want a cut of the action.

A TV insider told The Sun of the new show: "This BBC show gives these couples everything they could possibly need for the perfect start.

"A Love Island backdrop, stunning weather, good food and ultimately the date of a lifetime.

"While they have already match-made themselves, nothing compares to meeting someone in the flesh.

"Viewers will be able to follow these couples as they discover if they really have met The One, or whether it's been a waste of time and they're not who they were cracked up to be."

Love Island, meanwhile, is managing to go ahead despite pandemic restrictions, with Islanders currently quarantining in Spain ahead of the series launch.

Self-isolation is necessary for them before they can head into the famous villa, so that couples can get up close and personal with minimal risk of Covid-19 transmission.

ITV bosses have announced that there will be at least one major change to this series, though, as the iconic water bottles will be completely transformed.

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Contestants were all given see-through bottles with their names on in pink or blue writing – but that’s all set to change in 2021.

The new-look versions are a solid matte white, and a slightly slimmer design, with their names in the usual colour-code.

Series seven bottles are, once again, available for fans to personalise and purchase online.

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