First Dates to return to Channel 4 in 2015 for longest series yet

Expect more 'stories of love and heartbreak' from the First Dates restaurant

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Channel 4 has announced that First Dates will be returning for its longest series yet in 2015.

The hit observational documentary series follows people looking for love as they meet face-to-face for the first time in London’s First Dates restaurant. 

It will be back for a third series of 12 episodes next year and casting is now open for singletons on the look-out for their ideal partner.

Fixed cameras in the restaurant capture every new encounter from initial awkward ‘hellos’ to hair-flicking, flirtatious smiles and cheesy chat-up lines. The couples talk openly to the camera about their relationship potential at the end of each date.

“The last series brought a mix of daters with stories of triumph, tragedy, humour and despair,” said Madonna Benjamin, Channel 4’s documentary commissioning editor.

“We’ll be once again capturing one of the most testing life moments for thousands of modern Britons – first date. We look forward to showing even more heart-filled dating experiences across 12 episodes next year.”

Expect more “stories of love and heartbreak” from First Dates and if you are interested in applying, head to and register your interest.

Single people from “any age, gender and background who want to find Mr or Ms Right” are encouraged to come forward.

Last year, approximately 14,000 people applied. The team promises to “take a fine-toothed comb” to the submissions and put together “memorable and hopefully long-lasting pairings”.

Filming is expected to begin in the New Year before the series hits living rooms later in 2015.