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First Dates TV show looking for South Devon singletons

By ColleenSmith  |  Posted: November 29, 2016

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First Dates, the popular Chanel 4 dating show set in a restaurant, is looking for South Devon singletons.

The show set in TV's most famous restaurant is on the hunt for fresh faces and unlucky-in-love singles of all ages from the Torbay area have been urged to sign up.

The successful First Dates set-up has seen a proposal and a pregnancy over the last 12 months.

Last night's show featured Exeter retired teacher Julie, and Ali, an Iranian toy inventor from Surrey.

Torbay daters signing up for a night out being filmed at the First Dates restaurant will be asked to share their body type, occupation and other personal details, such as whether they drink or smoke.

To apply, click here.

The show is set in London's swanky Paternoster Chop House at 1 Warwick Court, Paternoster Square, within stumbling distance of St Paul's Cathedral.

The bad news is that everyone's favourite love guru – Fred the maître d' with the sexy French accent – doesn't really work there. When he's not melting our hearts with his wise words, Fred is general manager at Galvin at Windows, a Michelin-starred restaurant at the Park Lane Hilton in Mayfair.

But don't go to either Paternoster or Galvin's in the hope of catching sexy Fred's eye. Sacre bleu! More bad news! Fred's already taken. He and his partner have two children and live in Peckham.

Are the waiting staff on First Date real?

Most of them are REAL. However, waitress CiCi is actually a trained actress. One dater on the show said: 'It gets confusing when one waitress who is an actress pretends to take your order, then a real one comes over and actually takes it.'

Is it a TV show or is it all REALLY real?

Yes and no. The fixed cameras are remotely operated from a store cupboard by the toilet to make the dates seem as normal as possible, but another dater Alliee Broad, who appeared on the show revealed: 'You can't see the cameras so it is like you're on a real date. But one point we were asked to say some stuff again as I'd been fiddling with my microphone.' Daters are also dragged out mid-meal to do pieces to camera in the toilet – the glam side of television!



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