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A New Series Of ‘First Dates’ For Teens Filmed In Manchester Is Set To Air Next Year

By Laura Rogan November 11, 2020

The series will be the first of the spin-off.

Moving to Manchester earlier this year as part of Channel 4’s huge commitment to the North, a brand new First Dates spin-off is set to air next year – this time, giving 16-19 year olds a chance at love.

Returning to The Refinery restaurant in Spinningfields, the brand new spin-off series will see Fred and co. turn their expertise to a bunch of younger hopefuls as part of a six-part series on E4. And while it’s not likely the participants will be looking to shack up and settle down just yet, the new show promises to help them put their phones down and stop swiping for a minute to talk ‘face-to-face with a potential match’.

Credit: Channel 4

Announcing the new series just today, host Fred said: “We’re very excited to be opening the doors of our brand-new restaurant in Manchester to a clientele we’ve not served before – Teens! We’ll be creating a warm and welcoming space for them to meet new people and hopefully make a connection.

“Most importantly, we will be looking after them like our own and will provide a space where they can just be themselves without any distractions from the outside world, or their phones! It’s going to be so much fun and I can’t wait to get started!”

Karl Warner, Controller of E4 said: “We’re thrilled to have First Dates: Teens (W/T) on E4. We want to showcase the full range and diversity of teenagers in the UK today, the way they feel about dating, and what they make of the world around them – Covid, Brexit, Nicki Minaj. It’s entertainment with depth, and a great example of the surprising, funny and heartfelt TV we love at E4.”

First Dates: Teens began resumed production back in September following delays caused by the pandemic, and will now premiere on E4 sometime next year.

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