First Dates at Christmas 2020: Air date, cast and when was it filmed?

First Date at Christmas is back these holidays and will be hitting the singles of the British countryside. Here’s everything you need to know!

Cuffing season has begun and Christmas holidays are for match-making and beautiful dates in festive environments.

Covid-19 has made dating almost impossible and all that is left to ease the loneliness is dating shows on TV.

Singles from across the UK will be dining in the First Date Christmas 2020 in search of their better half. The show that everybody loved last year is making a comeback this December.

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First Dates at Christmas 2020: What to expect!

Fred Siriex, and his team of expert matchmakers behind the scenes, invite the first daters into the First Date restaurant, aiming to find the perfect match for every single contestant.

The audience watches the first daters from the moment they meet up for the first time until they finish their meal at the restaurant.

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At the end of the dates, the two people have to seat side by side and share their experience with the audience and reveal whether they’d like to go on another date together or not.

Apart from the presenter Fred Sirieix, there are cast members who make sure that everyone’s night runs smoothly, including Merlin Griffiths, Laura Tott, Cici Coleman, Austin Ventour and Grant Urquhart, who work at the First Date restaurant.

Fred Siriex

Fred is the front-of-house at the First Dates restaurant. He is known for being a TV waiter and French maître d’hôtel.

The father-of-two has starred on a number of festive 2020 programmes.

These include the BBC’s Remarkable Places to Eat and ITV’s Gordon, Gino and Fred Desperately Seeking Santa.

Merlin Griffiths

Known as the bartender who makes all the date-goers favourite drinks, Merlin is coming back to keep doing just that.

He recently done a cocktails masterclass in collaboration with Tesco.

Merlin can basically be followed for all your cocktail needs, as he regularly shares recipes for drinks – such as ‘Witches Kiss’!

Laura Tott

The waitress describes herself as a girl with an “unhealthy dog obsession”.

Laura, 25, from Staines, has worked as a barmaid and waitress for years.

She also has another job working as a paramedic, where she reportedly tested positive for coronavirus earlier this year.

Cici Coleman

First Dates waitress Cici is an actor, who has starred in Red Butterfly, Essex Vendetta and Sleep.

Earlier this year, Cici revealed she has found love after initially being banned from dating app Hinge.

Austin Ventour

Austin isn’t just a waiter, but also a supervisor at gaming bar Platform.

The Greenwich-born star is also an actor, model, and extra, and has starred in He’s Home and Ant’s Medal.

He is loved-up with MUA make-up artist Katie Moore.

Grant Urquhart

Grant also joins the First Dates waiter and waitresses line-up.

It looks like he works for a separate business with co-star Austin, as he is running 100k for Mind Charity with the Platform team.

He is currently loved up with Natalie McQueen.

When was First Dates at Christmas filmed?

It is not known exactly when First Dates at Christmas was filmed.

Just one week ago, an Instagram post showing the cast filming was shared, so it may have been filmed very recently – but this has not been confirmed.

According to James’ Facebook profile, who appears on the episode, he has been in a relationship with a girl named Claudia since around April 2020.

So, judging by his new relationship with a girl who isn’t on the series, First Dates at Christmas 2020 may have been filmed before April this year!

First Dates at Christmas 2020 will air on Channel 4 on Wednesday December 23rd at 9 pm.

Where is First Dates at Christmas 2020 filmed?

First Dates is usually filmed at Paternoster Chop House in central London.

However, the Christmas special is heading back to the countryside this year, where they filmed 2019’s festive episode.

The First Dates Christmas 2020 is filmed at the country pub named The Wellington Arms in Baughurst, Hampshire.

How to apply for the Channel 4 show

To apply for First Dates, you need to complete and submit an application form, which you can find here.

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