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post Jul 14 2016, 07:27 PM
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First Dates has turned into a monster of a hit for Channel 4 and it's not hard to see why. Even though the format is the same each week, with four blind first dates being focused on, each date brings new interesting angles. The people that are 'cast' are often really engaging and you find yourself rooting for each date to be successful apart from those where you can tell immediately that there's no hope there. The use of interviews intercut with the date allows the format to shine as it really helps you to get to know each individual and the slow reveal of information prevents you from possibly pre-judging them and you get to hear stories about their life/personality that you may not have expected. The show isn't exploitative and you can tell that they do want the dates to work out and that is part of the show's charm. It's great when they invite some of the initially unlucky people back as well for further dates.

Currently a celebrity version is airing, with Scarlett Moffatt (Gogglebox) appearing tomorrow. Esther Ranzthen was on last week and I thought that the date was going so well but apparently she didn't want to take it further after he made an off the cuff comment about her 'advancing years' which I thought was a real shame.
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post Jul 14 2016, 07:51 PM
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My old flatmate and I stumbled across this like 18 months ago and fell in love. It's utterly GLORIOUS. We found our selves rooting for people and then actively hoping things went badly so someone sweet wouldn't fall for a douchebag.

Completely addictive.
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