First Dates

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

First Dates
StarringFred Sirieix
Narrated byBrian Protheroe
Music byMiguel d'Oliveira
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series12 (regular)
1 (celebrity)
4 (hotel)
15 (overall)
No. of episodesTBA (regular)
7 (celebrity)
24 (hotel)
TBA (overall)
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)Twenty Twenty
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Productions UK
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format16:9
Original release20 June 2013 (2013-06-20) 
External links


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.[1]

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[2] 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.[2][3]

Restaurant staff

The restaurant's maître d'hôtel Fred Sirieix offers pieces to camera on the nature of love, romance and dating.[4] 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.[5]

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[6] is an actor who trained at New York Film Academy, Laura Tott[7] was briefly a member of the Royal Navy,[8] and barman Merlin Griffiths is a pub landlord[9] who has previously worked as a global brand ambassador for Bombay Sapphire gin.[10] The waiting staff are joined by Sam Conrad, Austin Ventour, Grant, Will and Ehsia.



SeriesStart dateEnd dateEpisodes[11]
120 June 2013[12]25 July 2013[13]6[13]
212 February 2014[14]2 April 2014[15]8[15]
36 March 2015[16]29 April 2015[17]9[17]
410 September 2015[18]17 December 2015[19]16[19]
515 January 2016[20]12 February 2016[21]5[21]
615 March 2016[22]19 April 2016[23]6[23]
79 August 201619 December 201617
818 April 201711 July 201713
918 September 201718 December 201713
104 April 20186 June 201810
1129 October 201817 December 20188
1216 April 201918 June 201910
1312 November 2019TBATBA


Christmas Special19 December 2016
Valentine's Special13 February 2017
Christmas Special25 December 2017
Valentine's Special16 February 2018
Valentine's Special14 February 2019


SeriesStart dateEnd dateEpisodes
SU2C12 October 20151
18 July 201629 July 20164
SU2C2 November 20171
SU2C25 October 20181

First Dates Hotel

SeriesStart dateEnd dateEpisodes
12 January 20176 February 20176
28 January 201812 February 20186
328 August 20189 October 20186
45 September 201910 October 20196

Special episodes

On 17 December 2015[24] 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.[25] 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.

  1. Esther Rantzen, Jessica Wright, Will Bayley and Richard Blackwood
  2. Ashleigh Butler, Jo Wood, Scarlett Moffatt and Preston
  3. Brad Simpson, Natasha Hamilton, Bernie Clifton and Keegan Hirst
  4. Daniel Brocklebank, Jessica Woodley, Siân Lloyd and Musharaf Asgar

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.

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.

International versions

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
 Netherlands First Dates NPO 3 (BNNVARA) March 18, 2015 – present
 Canada First Dates Slice September 1, 2015 – April 18, 2017
 Australia First Dates Seven Network February 3, 2016 – present
 Spain First Dates Cuatro April 17, 2016 – present
 Ireland First Dates RTÉ2 April 21, 2016 – present
 New Zealand First Dates Television New Zealand October 2016 - present
 Italy Primo appuntamento Real Time March 14, 2017 – present
 Poland Pierwsza Randka TVP2 March 16, 2017 – November 16, 2017
 USA First Dates NBC April 7, 2017 – May 26, 2017
 France Premier rendez-vous et plus si affinités TF1 June 12, 2017 – present
 Brazil À Primeira Vista Rede Bandeirantes June 22, 2017 – September 21, 2017
 Israel דייט ראשון
Date Rishon
Channel 2 December 18, 2017 – present
 Sweden Första dejten SVT March 13, 2017 – present
 Norway Første date TVNorge January 4, 2018 – present[26]
 Argentina Primera Cita Telefe February 14, 2018 – present
 Germany First Dates – Ein Tisch für Zwei VOX March 5, 2018 – present
First Dates Hotel 2020 (Upcoming season)
 Portugal First Dates – O Primeiro Encontro TVI January 2, 2019 – present
 Austria First Dates Austria ATV April 17, 2019 – present


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