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First Dates makes huge change for new series

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
January 19, 2021
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First Dates is finally back on our screens for a new season - but with one major difference! While the show usually takes place in London, this series will launch in a brand new Manchester restaurant but don't worry, Fred, Merlin, CiCi and Grant will still be there!

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The first episode of the new Manchester-based series will see parliamentary assistant Jessie meet journalist Josh, who has been described as “a bit too much” and has been sworn at on dates for his strong opinions. However, it sounds like the pair hit it off while chatting about all things Twitter. Could it be love? 

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The show will also welcome 69-year-old former roadie and also former ladies' man Winston, who finally wants to settle down. Will fun-loving Donna, 60, be the woman of his dreams? 

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The new restaurant looks gorgeous 

Viewers should also keep an eye out for Lithuanian spa therapist Kristina, who is looking for an older guy who will be ready to start a family. Enter Billy, 43, a car salesman who wants to find the one. 

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Finally, the show will look at the first date between Alan, 32, and casino manager Stephen, who were actually once "friends-with-benefits". But will the pair hit it off and discover that they want something more? We can't wait to find out!

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The new restaurant is based in Manchester

The show will also welcome new restaurant staff Daniella, David and Fiona, and Daniella opened up to Channel 4 about what she was most looking forward to while working at the First Dates restaurant. She said: "I think when you know your table is a match from the start and you watch them blossom together, it’s such a rewarding feeling." 

She added: "I’ve always loved the series, I’m a hopeless romantic so being surrounded by all the cute couples gives me life." 

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