|Narrated by||Brian Protheroe|
|Music by||Miguel d'Oliveira|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||12 (regular)|
|No. of episodes||TBA (regular)|
|Running time||60 minutes (inc. adverts)|
|Production company(s)||Twenty Twenty|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Productions UK|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Original release||20 June 2013 –|
The programme 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.
The spin-off show, First Dates Hotel, follows the same TV 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 series was filmed at Le Vieux Castillon in Castillon-du-Gard offering idyllic settings with a variety of activities for the successful second daters, and added sommelier Xavier Chapelou to Fred Sirieix’s team. The second series was filmed at Aquapetra Resort & Spa in Campania near Naples, Italy.
The restaurant's maître d'hôtel Fred Sirieix offers pieces to camera on the nature of love, romance and dating. 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.
The waiting staff and barman do not work in the restaurant full time, but are recruited for when the series is being filmed. CiCi Coleman is an actor who trained at New York Film Academy, Laura Tott was briefly a member of the Royal Navy, and barman Merlin Griffiths is a pub landlord who has previously worked as a global brand ambassador for Bombay Sapphire gin. The waiting staff are joined by Sam Conrad, Austin Ventour, Grant, Will and Ehsia.
|Christmas Special||19 December 2016|
|Valentine's Special||13 February 2017|
|Christmas Special||25 December 2017|
|Valentine's Special||16 February 2018|
|Valentine's Special||14 February 2019|
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|SU2C||12 October 2015||1|
|1||8 July 2016||29 July 2016||4|
|SU2C||2 November 2017||1|
|SU2C||25 October 2018||1|
First Dates Hotel
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||2 January 2017||6 February 2017||6|
|2||8 January 2018||12 February 2018||6|
|3||28 August 2018||9 October 2018||6|
|4||5 September 2019||10 October 2019||6|
On 17 December 2015 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
On 12 October 2015, a celebrity edition of First Dates was shown. 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.
- Esther Rantzen, Jessica Wright, Will Bayley and Richard Blackwood
- Ashleigh Butler, Jo Wood, Scarlett Moffatt and Preston
- Brad Simpson, Natasha Hamilton, Bernie Clifton and Keegan Hirst
- Daniel Brocklebank, Jessica Woodley, Siân Lloyd and Musharaf Asgar
A third Celebrity First Dates for Stand Up to Cancer aired in late October 2018. Celebrities appearing were Joey Essex from The Only Way Is Essex, Melinda Messenger, former glamour model and television presenter Sandra Martin from Gogglebox and TV personality Lady Colin Campbell.
A fourth Celebrity First Dates for Stand Up to Cancer aired in late September 2019. Celebrities appearing were AJ Odudu, Pete the Pirate (from The Only Way Is Essex), Duncan James and Ulrika Jonsson. AJ and Ulrika continued to date their matches after the show.
The format created in the United Kingdom has been adapted in Finland, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Italy, Poland, USA, France, Brazil, Israel, Sweden, Norway, Argentina, Germany, Portugal and Austria.
|Country||Title||TV channel||Year aired|
|First Dates||NPO 3 (BNNVARA)||March 18, 2015 – present|
|First Dates||Slice||September 1, 2015 – April 18, 2017|
|First Dates||Seven Network||February 3, 2016 – present|
|First Dates||Cuatro||April 17, 2016 – present|
|First Dates||RTÉ2||April 21, 2016 – present|
|First Dates||Television New Zealand||October 2016 - present|
|Primo appuntamento||Real Time||March 14, 2017 – present|
|Pierwsza Randka||TVP2||March 16, 2017 – November 16, 2017|
|First Dates||NBC||April 7, 2017 – May 26, 2017|
|Premier rendez-vous et plus si affinités||TF1||June 12, 2017 – present|
|À Primeira Vista||Rede Bandeirantes||June 22, 2017 – September 21, 2017|
|Channel 2||December 18, 2017 – present|
|Första dejten||SVT||March 13, 2017 – present|
|Første date||TVNorge||January 4, 2018 – present|
|Primera Cita||Telefe||February 14, 2018 – present|
|First Dates – Ein Tisch für Zwei||VOX||March 5, 2018 – present|
|First Dates Hotel||2020 (Upcoming season)|
|First Dates – O Primeiro Encontro||TVI||January 2, 2019 – present|
|First Dates Austria||ATV||April 17, 2019 – present|
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