First Dates SU2C special to feature Anthea Turner and Alexandra Burke


Broadcasting legend Anthea Turner and chart-topping singer Alexandra Burke are the first celebrity names revealed for a First Dates Celerbrity Special for SU2C. Maître d’ Fred Sirieix and his team welcome hopeful single people from across the country and, for one night only, some familiar faces from the world of show business who are also looking for love.

At the unique restaurant in which every diner is on a real blind date, some of the daters will discover that they’ve been matched with a celebrity singleton also looking to potentially meet ‘The One’ in this special edition airing Monday 12 October at 9pm on Channel 4.

The First Dates special will form part of a wider season of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) programming on Channel 4 including a brand new celebrity edition of Gogglebox for SU2C. Gogglebox guests include Jamie Dornan and Nick Frost, Boy George with Geri Horner (nee Halliwell) and Marilyn.

Plus Miranda Hart takes to the sofa with the two mothers in her life – onscreen mother Patricia Hodge and her real mother Diana, and Lee Mack gets cosy with his onscreen family including Bobby Ball.

Programming also includes special editions of Chatty Man with guests including Sue Perkins, Jonathan Ross, Thomas Turgoose and Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, and The Last Leg guests TBA).


SU2C is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 designed to accelerate new cancer treatments and tests to UK patients and ultimately save more lives. SU2C launched in the UK in 2012 and has already raised over £23.8m.

There are loads of ways for the public to Stand Up To Cancer with fundraising events throughout October including the 3Peaks endurance challenge on Sunday11th October.

Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen presented 2014’s star-studded event which raised an incredible £14m. Last year’s live event featured Gogglebox cameos from Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Noel Gallagher, celebrity auditionees for ‘Andy Murray: The Movie, a bake-off between Taylor Swift and Jamie Oliver and even an on stage proposal and we’re confident that a raft of famous faces crossed with some of our best loved shows will help substantially add to that amount this year.

Throughout the whole of 2015, SU2C supporters have been continuing to help scientists process important cancer information by playing the award-winning game, Reverse The Odds. The game, which has collected a huge number of awards on its travels, including an online Innovation award at Edinburgh 2015, a Digital Emmy, and two Broadcast Digital nods, is a fun and unique puzzle adventure where the further you progress, the more you are helping to beat cancer sooner.


CC Clark – Group Publicity Manager, Comedy & Entertainment


Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising event from Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK

  • The 2014 campaign raised more than £15.5 million which will fund translational research across the UK. Translational research means translating lab discoveries into life-saving treatments and tests – and this means funding more clinical studies and trials
  • Stand Up To Cancer raises vital funds to support scientists working in NHS hospitals, cancer centres, universities and institutes, speeding up research to get treatments and tests to patients who so desperately need them
  • The Stand Up To Cancer live event will return in 2016
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About Stand Up To Cancer (U.S. programme and show)

  • SU2C is a programme of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organisation, and utilises the assets of this industry to engage the public in unique ways
  • In 2008, SU2C launched its first national fundraising telecast in the USA on 3 major networks—the first ever non-emergency fundraiser to be simultaneously broadcast across several major networks, which has become a biennial event
  • Over $260m was pledged to SU2C for collaborative cancer research in connection with the first three SU2C telecasts, in 2008, 2010, and 2012

About Cancer Research UK:

  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
  • Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives
  • Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated
  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years
  • Today, 2 in 4 people survive cancer. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that 3 in 4 people will survive cancer within the next 20 years
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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