First Dates 2019 has an official start date in April - here's everything you need to know!

Popular series First Dates is set to make a return to Channel 4 this April!

The dating show first launched in 2013 and has since racked up 11 seasons and five Christmas/Valentine’s Day specials in the UK alone.

With the last First Dates outing finishing in December 2018, fans are desperate for their next instalment of Fred Siriex and the gang.

Here’s everything you need to know about First Dates 2019.

FIRST DATES 2019 – season 12, episode 1

First Dates 2019: Start date

The brand new First Dates season 12 will launch on Tuesday, April 16th.

It will air on Channel 4 at 10 pm and continue for around a dozen episodes.

Currently, repeats of the series air regularly on E4 at 10 pm throughout the week.

Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

Has Fred left First Dates 2019?

Fans of the long-standing series have been worried by Fred Sirieix’s various TV roles.

Appearing on an ITV food/travel series alongside Gino D’acampo while also popping up on the BBC as a judge on The Great British Menu, there has been speculation that Fred has left First Dates ahead of the 2019 series.

Screen Shot: FRED SIRIEIX – First Dates, E4, series 10, episode 5

However, we can confirm that the restaurant manager will be in series 12.

Who else is going to ease first-time daters’ nerves and chaperone them to their seats!

How to apply for First Dates 2019

First Dates are always open to applicants, although applications for the 2019 series will undoubtedly be closed.


Simply head over to to submit your interest in a blind date.

Questions include your occupation, hobbies and a description of your ideal partner.

You can use the same application form to apply for First Dates 2019!



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