First Dates

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First Dates
First Dates.jpg
Genre Reality
Starring Fred Sirieix
Narrated by Brian Protheroe
Music by Miguel d'Oliveira
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 9 (regular)
1 (celebrity)
No. of episodes 68 (regular, to 6 December 2016)
5 (celebrity)
Production
Running time 60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) Twenty Twenty
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Productions UK
Release
Original network Channel 4
Picture format 16:9
Original release 20 June 2013 (2013-06-20) – present
External links
Website www.twentytwenty.tv/program/first-dates_833.aspx

First Dates is a British reality television show that has aired on Channel 4 since 20 June 2013. The show is narrated by Brian Protheroe.

Production[edit]

The show is filmed at the Paternoster Chop House restaurant in Central London, showing many people on dates, all of whom have not met each other before. At the end of the date, the couples are interviewed together and asked whether they would like to see each other again. The restaurant is closed to the public while filming takes place. The restaurant is fitted with 42 cameras and there are at least 70 crew members on set during filming, which lasts 15 hours a day. Each diner is given £25 towards the cost of their meal.[1]

The spin-off series, First Dates Hotel, follows the same format with contestants meeting for the first time in a hotel restaurant, but if the date goes well, the couples are offered the opportunity to check-in for the night. The first season was filmed at Le Vieux Castillon in Castillon-du-Gard[2] offering idyllic settings with a variety of activities for the successful second daters, and added sommelier Xavier Chapelou to Fred Sirieix’s team.

Restaurant staff[edit]

The restaurant's maître d' Fred Sirieix offers pieces to camera on the nature of love, romance and dating.[2] When not filming for First Dates he works as the general manager at Galvin at Windows, a Michelin-starred restaurant at the London Hilton on Park Lane.[3]

The waiting staff and barman do not work in the restaurant full time, but are recruited for when the show is being filmed. CiCi Coleman is an actor who trained at New York Film Academy, Laura Tott is in the Royal Navy, and barman Merlin Griffiths is a pub landlord[4] who has previously worked as a global brand ambassador for Bombay Sapphire gin.[5] The waiting staff are joined by Sam Conrad and Austin Ventour.

Transmissions[edit]

Regular
Series Start date End date Episodes[6]
1 20 June 2013[7] 25 July 2013[8] 6[8]
2 12 February 2014[9] 2 April 2014[10] 8[10]
3 6 March 2015[11] 29 April 2015[12] 9[12]
4 10 September 2015[13] 17 December 2015[14] 16[14]
5 15 January 2016[15] 12 February 2016[16] 5[16]
6 15 March 2016[17] 19 April 2016[18] 6[18]
7 9 August 2016 19 December 2016 17
Christmas Special 19 December 2016 1
Valentine's Special 13 February 2017 1
8 18 April 2017 11 July 2017 13
9 18 September 2017 2017 [19]
Celebrity
Series Start date End date Episodes
Stand Up to Cancer special 12 October 2015 1
1 8 July 2016 29 July 2016 4
Stand Up to Cancer special 2 November 2017 1
First Dates Hotel
Series Start date End date Episodes
1 2 January 2017 6 February 2017 6

Special episodes[edit]

On 17 December 2015[20] Channel 4 aired a special episode of First Dates subtitled "The Proposal". This saw the return of 5 couples who had initially had their first dates in earlier episodes and who had formed a relationship and also included the first marriage proposal of a couple, by Scott to Victoria, who had met during an earlier episode of series 4.

Celebrity First Dates[edit]

On 12 October 2015, a celebrity edition of First Dates was shown.[21] This was part of a fundraising evening on Channel 4 for Stand Up to Cancer. The celebrities taking part were Jorgie Porter, an actress in Hollyoaks; Anthea Turner, TV presenter; Jamie Laing from Made in Chelsea; and Alexandra Burke, a singer, and winner of the fifth series of The X Factor.

Series 1 (2016)

A full celebrity series began on 8 July 2016 for four episodes.

A second Celebrity First Dates for Stand Up to Cancer aired in November 2017. Celebrities appearing were Sinitta, Roman Kemp, Michael Fabricant, Matt Terry and Jan Leeming.

International versions[edit]

The format created in United Kingdom has been adapted in USA, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Israel, France, Netherlands and Brazil.

Country Title TV channel Year aired
 USA First Dates NBC 2017–present
 Ireland First Dates RTÉ2 2016–present
 Australia First Dates Seven Network 2016–present
 Canada First Dates Slice 2015–present
 Italy Primo appuntamento Real Time 2016–present
 Spain First Dates Cuatro 2016–present
 Sweden Första dejten SVT 2016–present
 Poland Pierwsza Randka TVP2 2017–present
 Israel דייט ראשון
Dith Rashvin
Channel 2 2017–present
 France Premier rendez-vous et plus si affinités TF1 2017–present
 Netherlands First Dates NPO 3 (BNNVARA) 2017–present
 Brazil À Primeira Vista Rede Bandeirantes 2017–present

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garo-Falides, Victoria; Pinnington, Rebecca (18 April 2017). "Where is the First Dates restaurant, can you visit it and will Fred Sirieix and the rest of the staff be there?". The Sun. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Nicholson, Rebecca (16 September 2015). "From Blind Date to First Dates: how TV matchmaking grew up". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ www.thesun.co.uk - Fred Sirieix
  4. ^ "Merlin Griffiths, The Priory Tavern". Cocktail Saturdays. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  5. ^ "32 Things You Probably Didn't Know About "First Dates"". BuzzFeed. 
  6. ^ "Episode Guide". Channel4. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "First Dates - Series 1 Episode 1". All 4. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "First Dates - Series 1 Episode 6". All 4. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "First Dates - Series 2 Episode 1". All 4. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "First Dates - Series 2 Episode 8". All 4. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "First Dates - Series 3 Episode 1". All 4. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "First Dates - Series 3 Episode 9". All 4. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "First Dates - Series 4 Episode 1". All 4. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "First Dates - Series 4 Episode 16". All 4. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  15. ^ "First Dates - Series 5 Episode 1". All 4. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "First Dates - Series 5 Episode 5". All 4. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  17. ^ "First Dates - Series 6 Episode 1". All 4. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "First Dates - Series 6 Episode 6". All 4. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  19. ^ https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/4491415/first-dates-channel-4-tonight-maitre-d-fred-sirieix/
  20. ^ Delgado, Kasia (18 December 2015). "First Dates proposal – watch the moment a couple got engaged on Channel 4". RadioTimes. 
  21. ^ Wightman, Catriona (12 October 2015). "Aww! Jorgie Porter finds romance in Celebrity First Dates". Digital Spy. 

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