Before Love Island was a twinkle in TV’s eye there was the Love Boat – or to be more concise, a raft adrift at sea filled with 11 strangers from around the world, brought together in 1973 by anthropologist Dr Santiago Genoves for a social experiment. Claiming he wanted to gather “intimate data about group and sexual behaviour, morale, hardship and togetherness”, what he ended up with was a 5,000 mile, 101 day ocean trip which included flare-ups, fear and free love. A lot of free love – as the vessel drifted in the middle of the ocean, so did the hands of the participants, despite many of them being married with children. The experiment was filmed for Mexican TV, and has now been re-edited and is released as a film called The Raft next month at the London Film Festival. Brace yourselves for the reality TV version, no doubt following soon.