It’s one of the biggest blind dating shows in the UK, but there’s so much we don’t know about First Dates
WATCHING strangers are paired and sent out on a date makes for some incredible TV, so it’s no wonder we have a ton of dating shows here in the UK.
First Dates is one of Channel 4’s longest running dating shows, premiering nine years ago in June 2013.
Now, 17 seasons and countless comebacks after, it’s still a guilty pleasure for many.
While First Dates has paired a number of legitimate couples who have gotten married and started a family, for the most part, these couples don’t tend to settle down.
So, how does the program work? Like most reality dating TV shows, there’s more to it than just going to restaurants.
Here’s everything you need to know…
The First Dates restaurant was recently relocated
For most of its seasons, the First Dates restaurant is located at Paternoster Chop House in London.
However, it has moved to another fine dining spot in Manchester in 2020.
It is now based at The Refinery, in the lavish Spinningfields area of the northern city.
A good ‘sobbing story’ will help you join the program
According to an earlier actor on the show, Terry Lee, having a sob story was encouraged by the producers.
In an interview with Metro, he revealed, “I find the one thing they always want to do is push you to a story that’s a bit sobbing – a little bit X Factor-ish.
He explained that he “never really had anything like it. So that’s something they’ve always struggled with when it comes to me. ”
There is a secret second restaurant
On a date, you don’t just walk into a restaurant – even though it looks!
Also speaking to Metro, former contestant Chrissie Wunna revealed there was a completely different restaurant nearby that all contestants had to go to before their date.
This is where they all filmed the green screen chats, which is what we see when introduced to the hopeful singles at the beginning of their segments.
Here, they talk about their hopes for dates, what they’re after, and whether they’re nervous.
Chrissie told the publication: “I was sitting in a green room in a completely different restaurant, with all the other women going on dates.”
There is a limit to how much you are allowed to drink
Like all reality shows, First Dates has a duty of care, so it’s no surprise that they limit how much alcohol contestants are allowed to consume.
Yes, pre-date nerves are normal, and many of us have a drink or two to relieve those stressors, but two glasses of wine is the limit, says Chrissie, who explains: “They really are. be very careful when it comes to drinking.”
Contestants receive only a small amount of their total bill
You would think it was such a big TV show that daters would have full meals, wouldn’t you? Nothing!
Many former contestants have revealed they are expected to fund the majority of meals and drinks, receiving just £25 each in total.
Terry backs up these claims, adding that “The program gives you £25 as your budget”.
He said the restaurant bill would be “probably £150” for the table, meaning each guest would still have to fork out around £50 per person, after the discount.
Contestants receive a luxury hotel after the date
Chrissie revealed that despite the £25 budget, ” [show producers] take really good care of you”, put the data on separate hotels that evening.
The former contestant revealed, “You’re put in separate hotels and you can choose to go there or have a drink.”
The first day is available to watch on All 4
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