Sarah & Dennis

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SARAH: This white cat used to run out, and I would see this man in his dapper suit, squat down and play with it.

DENNIS: I think she came into my office with a, with an agenda!

SARAH:  I was so embarrassed, and so surprised... I ran out of the room.

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Lucy & Ellie

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ELLIE: In my mind, she spent the whole date watching the news, over my shoulder.

LUCY: I think we were both exhausted with dating and Tinder.

ELLIE: The start of a great love affair [laughs]. Passionate, passionate kisses were lacking.

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Kristina & Ilya

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KRISTINA: I found that video, and I played it, and I realised that was him.

ILYA: I have to do something really really crazy, to catch her.

KRISTINA: That was, the most romantic thing in my life, and it’s still the most romantic thing in my life.

MARIA: Welcome to Equal Parts, a series of true love stories, told by the couples themselves. This week, a film-worthy meet-cute that kick started Kristina & Ilya’s relationship. Now living in London, these two met in Estonia.

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Liam & Jess

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JESS: You have to like, wade through quite a lot of like, very posey people who are obviously trying to put their body and their face first.

LIAM: I was already a bit nervous, and I was like, I thought ‘if I’m first here it’ll be ok’ but I was late and I had to like get a sort of dad run on.

JESS: With him I was like “oh my god this could go somewhere”.

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Becky & Jay

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BECKY: He had like his green Fred Perry on… the glasses, so like I remember noticing that and just being like… ‘you’re hot’.

JAY: We were sitting on the top deck next to each other and you’re sort of sitting there, going ‘I’m not sure what to do here’ do you do the cheesy arm over the shoulder?

BECKY: He actually said, "“please don’t tell anyone this, ever.

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Davide & Nick Transcript

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DAVIDE: I was living in Scotland, but I felt it was not the place for me. And I was still looking for a place, where to stay...as long as it feels like home, and Nick really felt like home.

NICK: We hadn’t even said anything to each other and we just kissed, and then after a few seconds, I was just laughing because I was thinking ‘this isn’t life, this isn’t what happens’.

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Duncan & Anna: Transcript

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DUNCAN: She had a lot of attention that night so I was just like, ‘this isn’t going to happen, she’s the Birthday girl, it’s her 30th, she’s got, you know, a room full of friends’

ANNA: We said nothing, looked at each other, eyes lock, kissed, and then moved off and carried on [laughs].

DUNCAN: It all kicked off, [laughs] and chaos ensued, and then I didn’t really see her again, for a long time.

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Sarah & Freddie: Transcript

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MARIA: (host): Sooooo how did you meet? It’s a question that every couple will be asked sooner or later, and damn, some people have a really good story. Think love at first sight doesn’t exist? Dating apps are just for casual hook-ups? No one really meets their life partner when they help pick up their spilled shopping? Think again.

This series is a celebration of true love stories, told by the couples themselves. I’m Maria Passingham, this is Equal Parts.

SARAH: I was so nervous, I was so nervous.

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