Channel 4 dating show 'First Dates' is moving to Manchester

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Channel 4 has recently announced that its hugely popular dating show, 'First Dates', is changing locations and moving up North, from London to Manchester.

The premise of the show is very simple. Single guys and girls go on blind dates at a restaurant with French celebrity maître d'hôtel Fred Sirieix overseeing everything from their interactions at the table to, well, the culinary side of the show.

This Bafta-winning show began in 2013. It is narrated by Brian Protheroe, produced by Twenty Twenty production company and it has always been filmed at the D&D Group's Paternoster Chop House in St Paul's, London.

However, after a whopping 13 seasons and 157 episodes including specials, the producers have decided to shake things up a bit by moving the show to an disclosed new location in Manchester.

Photo by Lewis Roberts on Unsplash – it's not usually that sunny in Manchester...

Photo by Lewis Roberts on Unsplash – it's not usually that sunny in Manchester...

This is part of Twenty Twenty's attempt at providing a more familiar, regional vibe to its programmes as confirmed by Leanne Klein, Head of Twenty Twenty productions, who said that the company wants to take its "flagship dating series to the regions".

First Dates has been renewed for another 30 episodes which are going to be filmed in the upcoming months on location in Manchester.

By the way, if you're interested, applications are currently open on the production company's website.

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