First Dates season 11 bowed out in style with a memorable Christmas episode airing on Christmas Day.

We met 101-year-old Eric, the most adorable nervous couples, and recapped on which First Dates couples are still dating.

Here’s a review of the one show that melted our hearts this Christmas.

A Special Format

For the Christmas special episode there was a tweak to the usual Channel 4 format.

This time around couples were ushered into the London restaurant by friends and family.

This meant that we were introduced to eight-year-old Taylor, who wanted to light up her mum’s Christmas with love.

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Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

Mum Becky was the one on the date, and she was an instantly loveable character that we were all rooting for.

Talking about her impatient daughter, she said:

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Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

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Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

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Fortunately, Becky’s date with plasterer Gavin was a big hit.

Gav opened up about celebrating Christmas with his daughter, as a smile reflected back from Becky.

She was clearly in awe of her date’s loveable daddyish nature and the pair finished their date with a smooch under some mistletoe.

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Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

101-Year-Old Eric

Star of the show was retired engineer Eric, who is 101 years old!

Eric was dropped off at the restaurant by his grandson, who had applied for him to be on the show.

Flirtatious, funny and full of charm, Eric everything was First Dates is about – and more!

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Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

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Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

Eric’s date was 84-year-old nanna Norma.

The pair instantly clicked on their dinner date, not least because of Eric’s swashbuckling charm.

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Eric’s Heartache

Of course, you don’t live until 101 without seeing some heartache.

Eric had been on his own for 20 years and was desperate for some companionship to break him out of a lonely cycle.

He knew the secrets to love and just needed some to split the dinner with.

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Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

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Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

By the end of the date, Eric and Norma were over the moon with each others company and confessed to the camera that they were keen to meet up again.

The Ultimate Catch Up

Throughout the First Dates at Christmas episode, there were highlight clips following up on some of the previous First Dates couples who are still dating now.

There was Melinda Messenger and her fella, who have grown inseparable after first meeting on the C4 dating series.

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Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

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Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

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Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

There was also a joyous return of Cindy and boyfriend Elan, who stole hearts during their appearance on the show earlier this year.

You can recap on Cindy and Elan’s original date below.

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First Dates: People are in love with HEART-BROKEN Cindy

Tom and Louise

A magical episode was topped off with the excruciatingly socially awkward and uber-adorable Tom and Louise the librarian.

They were literally a match made in heaven!

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Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

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Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

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Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

Screen Shot: First Dates Christmas special 2018

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WATCH FIRST DATES ONLINE VIA THE CHANNEL 4 ALL4 PLAYER.

HOW to watch the First Dates Christmas Special online!