First Dates - Series 2 TX: 2 Apr 2014, Week 14
First Dates, the observational documentary series, following the thrills, fears and loves of modern dating, is back.
With nine million Brits looking for love online and potentially meeting their partners on blind dates, the world of modern dating is complicated, but some things never change – when eyes first meet and hearts skip a beat. This is the first time television might truly capture the look of love – following daters who are hoping that they just might spend the rest of their life together.
The series will invite people from all walks of life from around the country, who are looking for love. Using a fixed-rig, the series will film new couples each week in a unique restaurant – where everyone is on a first date. From the moment they lay eyes on each other to their parting glance, the hour-long programmes will show every shared joke, faux pas and blossoming connection as the series aims to see first love unfolding.
At the end of every date, the couples will talk candidly to the camera about their evening and answer the killer question – will they see each other again?
Episode 8 - Wednesday 2 April, 10pm, Channel 4
The observational documentary series following the highs and lows of modern dating comes to its conclusion. This week sees lonely hearts who have been waiting patiently for The One take a chance on finding love in the First Dates restaurant. Will they manage to find love before the restaurant closes its doors to the First Daters?
First into the restaurant this week is cheeky bank manager Ross, who is back in the restaurant for the third time. Ross has been single for 3 years, and is hoping that primary school teacher Sarah-Jayne will be his third time lucky. But will sparks fly with Sarah-Jayne’s ice-breaker games?
Yorkshire man Lee had two dates in the restaurant last summer, and after meeting a potential partner he is back again for another try. But will he be wooed by Ralph and his obsession with how and when he is going to die?
Smooth talking beauty salon owner Kenny is back and knows for a fact that he is going to get lucky with his ‘smoking hot’ date Jess. He claims that owning a beauty salon has helped him understand women and give him a head start against other men. But will she agree and fall for Kenny and his biceps, James and Andrew.
What is it that makes a man constantly find himself in the dreaded ‘friend zone’ and can sales manager Yemi finally escape from it and find romance? Things are looking positive when he meets occasional DJ Chelsea who shares his love of music and is impressed by his record deal. But will they make sweet music together?
35 year old computer programmer Andrew has been single for over a decade, and is hoping that his bad luck is over. His limited relationship experiences means that, in snooker terms, he has never quite potted the black. Will he manage to pull a trick-shot with old-fashioned romantic Sarah?
Episode 7 - Wednesday 26 March, 10pm, Channel 4
The observational documentary series following the highs and lows of modern dating continues. This week sees lonely hearts who have been waiting patiently for The One take a chance on finding love in the First Dates restaurant.
He’s back! Essex DJ Terry ‘Turbo’ worked his charms on three dates in the restaurant last year, but didn’t manage to find a match. He returns with claims that he’s changed his Jack-the-lad ways. His date Lauren says that she loves a challenge and is confident that she can tame Terry. Perhaps this time he has met his match, in more ways than one.
24 year old underwriter Darius has got used to the single life and even says that he’s started to enjoy his own company. Meanwhile Ralph is dissatisfied with being the only single guy at weddings. Will it be double trouble when they meet their respective dates – identical twins Ben and Gary? The brothers from Yorkshire admit that their twin dynamic is hard to tear apart. When Ben nips off for a gossip with Gary, Gary’s date Ralph begins to turn his attentions to Ben’s date Darius…
Joker Josh has been single for three years and is beginning to feel like his mates are leaving him behind with their relationships. He meets graduate City girl Sophia, who believes you’re never too young to meet your soulmate.
23 year old Londoner Rochelle is looking for love that’s more than skin deep, but is tired with meeting guys who can’t see past her job – modelling on an adult TV channel. Her date, motivational speaker Warren, believes in positive thoughts leading to positive results. He dreams of building the perfect family with someone special. Both are looking for love – will they find it with each other?
Making a return to the restaurant are self-confessed geek Angela and energetic dancer Stephan. After their unsuccessful dates in previous weeks, the pair meet each other and bond over their joint passions for music, dancing and the lighter side of life. But will they want to meet again?
Episode 6 - Wednesday 19 March, 10pm, Channel 4
The documentary series that casts an eye on the complicated world of dating continues, with more nervous singletons arriving at the First Dates restaurant in the hope of finding love.
First into the restaurant this week is proud Welshman Martin. He has reached a time in his life where he’s looking to settle down. His date, talkative primary school teacher Sarah-Jayne, is hoping to find her prince charming. Could she scupper things when she asks devoted beard-owner Martin whether he’d shave his facial hair for her?
Ross returns, still armed with a plethora of cheesy jokes. After his disappointing date with Regan in Week 1, could he have more of a spark with Jess. She says there’s ‘someone for everyone’ and is looking for her own manly man. She ticks all of Ross’s boxes, but will his cheeky sense of humour be too much for her tastes?
Glamorous Rachel is looking for a man with a ‘certain aura’. What will she make of old romantic Alan who has been unlucky in love in the past? Rachel finds a compassionate reaction from Alan when she discusses her experience living with OCD. Could romance blossom between these two sensitive souls?
They say that opposites attract, so what will well-groomed romcom fan Rich and self-confessed ladette Millie think of one another? What starts as flirty banter begins to bloom once they both start to learn more about the other’s personality.
Performance art student Stefan says he has a big heart and is immediately attracted to his date, Nike. Nike is tired with being ‘always the bridesmaid’ and is looking out for The One. He overflows with confidence and energy but does Nike feel the same?
24 year old Tabitha claims that she’s always struggled talking to boys after spending her adolescence at an all-girls school. She even confesses that she used to practise snogging on her classmates. Is Old Etonian Mark the man she’s been waiting for?
Episode 5 - Wednesday 12 March, 10pm, Channel 4
There’s a theme of second chances this week in the First Dates restaurant, with some of the diners hoping not to repeat past mistakes.
After an unsuccessful date last week, Mostafa returns. His pairing Megan has a list of qualities she’s looking for in a man. Trying to move on after being cheated on in the past, Megan is ready to love again. Can she tame a commitment-phobe like Mostafa, or will she decide that he’s not worth the time?
Also returning this week is unlucky-in-love Corinne. Hoping that third time’s a charm, could Will be the gentleman she’s looking for? He admits that he’s only been on six dates in his life and is hoping to seduce on his seventh. Talk turns to tattoos, and the most private of all places where Will has the word ‘mum’ tattooed…
Gym manager Claire claims to think about men 24/7. She meets former basketball player Kenny and is immediately captivated by his mighty physique. Claire’s giving men another chance after spending 11 years dating only women. Will 6ft 6 Kenny, and his biceps he’s named ‘James and Andrew’, sweep her off her feet?
Series 1 dater Tommy returns, still looking for Mr Right. However his date Adam has a wandering eye and can’t seem to stop staring at another dater over Tommy’s shoulder in the restaurant. While Adam’s in the loo, Tommy calls the one person he can depend on for advice – his mum.
Suave Parisian Jean-Christophe, or JC, is looking to meet a ‘beautiful, sensational’ English lady with the brains to match. He bonds with twice-divorced writer and fellow wine connoisseur Sarah, who’s looking to find a partner for life. Does Sarah have the ‘je ne sais quoi’ that JC seeks?
Former Countdown contestant Jonny is back looking for someone with whom he’ll have an intellectual rapport. His date is mystical world traveller Clare. Now aged 40 (but ‘spiritual age 28’) she’s ready to settle down after putting men on the back-burner. Will the stars be aligned to make their meal a success?
Episode 4 - Wednesday 5 March, 10pm, Channel 4
Headstrong Mancunian make-up artist Regan returns to the First Dates restaurant. While some men may cower at the sight of her six-inch stilettos, hunky self-confessed metrosexual Jon is determined to find her soft side; but will she let him?
Alpha-male playboy Mostafa believes every girl would like to marry him. So why is he still single? 'I'm just too perfect,' he says. Is cutie Cara his perfect match?
Heavy metal fan Dan from episode three returns to the restaurant. He seems to find a kindred spirit in Sarah: she's even heard of Nightwish! Will his dream of finding a fair maiden to play live action role playing games come true?
Corinne is back in the restaurant after her catastrophic date with Rajan. Things seem to perk up when an Adonis called Zane walks into the restaurant. Will the love gods shine on them?
It's never too late to find love. Jackie's on her first date in 10 years while Colin is looking for a lady who shares his 'ready-to-go' attitude.
History buff and one-time Countdown contestant Jonny is also looking for someone special. Will window saleswoman Amy take down all his numbers, or will his resemblance to a certain bespectacled comedian put her off?
Episode 3 - Wednesday 26 February, 10pm, Channel 4
There's a wave of first date nerves in the restaurant as some of the singletons feel the pressure of meeting a potential soulmate. Series one favourite Rajan is back, hoping he'll be fourth time lucky.
He's still got an impressive repertoire of chat-up lines, and he's out to impress lovelorn Corinne who has a history of meeting all the wrong men.
Not all the daters are as confident as Rajan. Twenty-two-year-old beauty Shakira is on her first ever first date and she's shaking like a leaf waiting to meet an equally nervy Xany. Can they get past their fear once the conversation - and sambuca - start flowing?
Young party animal Devon is nervous too, and arrives in the bar needing a very large drink. Her dishy date, debonair Will, is teetotal, but there's chemistry when they see past each other's drink orders.
Posh Londoner Purdey likes laid-back Kiwi Matt's well-toned arms but she talks too much to give his lips a chance to get any exercise.
Opinionated live action role-player and heavy metal fan Dan berates his date, self-proclaimed geek Angela, for liking all sorts of music and not 'nailing her colours to the mast'. Will she want to make plans for a second date?
For others, dating can be more significant than a bit of fun. Gentlemanly pensioner John hopes to find understanding and empathy with Jean, who says she 'doesn't need a man; she wants one'.
Episode 2 - Wednesday 19 February, 10pm, Channel 4
Will Cupid’s arrow find its target for any of the singletons in the First Dates restaurant this week?
While everyone in the restaurant is looking to find that special someone, some daters say they have never known ‘what love is’. First Dater Ed is young and well-spoken and is meeting the equally love-inexperienced Purdey, who tries to “hide the crazy personality”. Could this be first love for the pair of them?
23 year old jack the lad Mark lives with his parents and has no bedroom door, yet he has built up a list of 64 sexual partners. What will Clare, with a four month rule before she sleeps with a partner, make of his bedroom antics?
It’s an uncomfortable start for Steve and Peter. Peter confesses to a tendency for saying the wrong thing, and proves it by telling a bad taste joke about Germany to Steve - a man who grew up there. Can Peter recover from his faux pas?
Also back in the restaurant is Paul. After a difficult first date where his stammer got the better of him, he’s back to try his luck at love again. The warm, effusive Kathryn looks a promising date but can he close the deal?
Femme fatale Kelly knows what she’s looking for in a man, but will Chelsea boy Ben tick her boxes? And will she be the lady he’s looking for?
Taking a second shot at romance this week is divorcé Mo. After a memorable date with a striking blonde and her pet Chihuahua, Mo decided he couldn’t hack the canine competition. Still looking for love, he has high hopes for “hot and spicy” Saniya, but could she be too hot to handle?
Episode 1 - Wednesday 12 February, 10pm, Channel 4
Modern dating has never been so complicated. Our social-networked world means that millions of Britons log on each month in the hope of finding that special someone which usually leads to a FIRST DATE - there’s nothing like it to get your heart pumping.
The First Dates restaurant has thrown open its doors for a new raft of daters. Will it be a dream or a disaster for the first batch of plucky daters? With each dater showing up to potentially impress their soul mate, the stakes have never been higher.
Best friends Ben and Ross are two cheeky lads from Bournemouth who arrive together for their dates. Ross’s advice to his nervous wingman is to ‘just be funny’, but will Ben manage to laugh broken-hearted Lucy into a second date? And will he be the ‘Mr Right, not Mr Right Now’ she’s looking for? Meanwhile, will Ross be quite so confident when he meets no-nonsense Mancunian Regan?
For one dater, the first date nerves present an extra challenge. Paul is fearful that his stammer, which is sometimes made worse by anxiety, will get the better of him. Will he be able to relax in front of his date, Canadian writer Christine? Or will her claim that men find her intelligence intimidating prevent this pairing from getting off the ground?
Someone who displays not a shred of nerves on her first date is self-assured policewoman Angie. At 45, she may be 18 years older than her 6 ft 6 hunky ex-soldier date Chris but it doesn’t stop her going after exactly what she wants...and it’s not dessert.
With only an online photo to view, nobody truly knows what to expect from their date - certainly not divorcé Mo. He may have been paired with the beautiful, leggy blonde Chloe, but he hasn’t bargained for her stumpy legged Chihuahua, Bentley, as well.
Fashionista Danielle normally goes out with footballers and models but the sparks fly straight away when she meets City boy Rory. He says that he’s ‘no Brad Pitt’ but could this be the start of something beautiful between the pair?
Series Director: Brian Hayes
Series Producer: Martin Conway
Executive Producers: Meredith Chambers and Kathleen Larkin
Prod Co: Twenty Twenty
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