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Love Island wasn't the television we thought we wanted - but it might be the television we needed

Ciara O'Connor


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Paige Turley and Finley Tapp are announced as winners by Laura Whitmore on Love Island. Picture: ITV/REX

Paige Turley and Finley Tapp are announced as winners by Laura Whitmore on Love Island. Picture: ITV/REX

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Siannise and Luke T - favourites to win 'Love Island' tonight

Siannise and Luke T - favourites to win 'Love Island' tonight

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Paige Turley and Finley Tapp are announced as winners by Laura Whitmore on Love Island. Picture: ITV/REX

When Love Island returned the Monday after Caroline Flack died, it was unusually subdued.

The previous two episodes had been cancelled, and the opening tribute to Flack by Iain Stirling was accompanied by drone shots of lapping waves and coastal cliffs, his voice cracking with emotion. The trademark theme music was absent as the show started. And for the rest of the week, Love Island was a utopian dreamland without its traditional backbiting and humiliation.

Perhaps it's because it was the end, or perhaps it's the grieving production team, or the weight of public scrutiny - but Love Island has been a joy. Tonight's is the most loved-up final we've ever seen, with official couples, exclusive couples, couples who are in love.