FIRST Dates lets viewers witness two singletons’ first meeting – but will love blossom or will the evening be plagued with awkward sile
FIRST Dates lets viewers witness two singletons’ first meeting – but will love blossom or will the evening be plagued with awkward silences?
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the famous restaurant is throwing its doors open to more hopefuls looking for love.
When is the First Dates Valentine’s Day special on?
The First Dates Valentine’s Day special is back for another year.
You can catch the action TOMORROW (February 14, 2019) at t 10pm on Channel 4.
If you miss it, you can watch it on 4 Catch Up after it’s aired.
You can also find all the previous series and all the old episodes online.
A date for the new series of First Dates is yet to be confirmed, but watch this space.
What can we expect from the First Dates Valentine’s Day special?
Those looking for love include recent graduate Hannah, from Watford, who is hoping her date with 6ft 6 semi-professional golfer Oscar won’t be under par.
The highlight of the evening is sure to be a mother and son duo from London, who are paired up for a double date.
Chi-Chi and her son Kurtis are both on the show to find love, but can Kurtis keep his embarrassment at bay when a 57-year-old man starts chatting up his mum?
Finally, there’s 29-year-old Danny and 26-year-old make-up artist Demi, who happens to be best friends with First Dates’ waitress Laura.
How does First Dates work?
First Dates uses a scientific method in order to match hopefuls with their potential partners.
The pair then meet up at swanky restaurant- London’s Paternoster Chop House – and we get to spy on their dates with the help of cameras and microphones.
At the end of the evening, the pair can choose to split the bill, go home together or alone.
They’re also interviewed by the production team to see where they went wrong and what they can improve on with potential future love matches.
Who are the First Dates team?
French-born Fred Sirieix is best known as the lovable maître d’ on First Dates.
The 47-year-old was born and brought up in Limoges in western France and from an early age decided he wanted to work in the service industry.
His First dates restaurant team comprises of:
- Merlin – The king of cocktails, Merlin has been a bartender and mixologist for more than 20 years.
- Cici – Waitress Cici is always on hand to take orders and give love advice
- Austin – The cheery waiter helps make the singletons feel at home.
- Laura – Waitress Laura is great at helping to encourage love in the First Dates restaurant.
- Sam – Lovable Sam is a winner in the restaurant with his hapless nature and sweet charm.
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Where is the First Dates restaurant?
You’ll be pleased to know that the venue is very real and, yes, you can dine there.
The show is filmed at the very swanky The Paternoster Chop House in central London, next to St Paul’s Cathedral at 1 Warwick Court, Paternoster Square.
Starters are between £6 and £11, while mains are about £17 to £35.
When the restaurant’s not shut for filming you can book in to recreate your own awkward First Date if you wish.
You won’t however, get to be served by the popular waiters and waitresses from the show, as CiCi, Sam, Laura, Austin and Merlin all have other jobs when they are not filming for the show.