First Dates Hotel

First Dates Hotel

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

Blind dates are nightmarish enough, but in this First Dates spin-off, these singletons’ suitcases must be rammed with valium. Not only do they have to travel to rural France, they then stay in the same hotel and decide whether to have another date the next day.

French maître d' Fred is in his element, leaping around with baguettes, and sommelier Xavier says wonderfully French things like, “fine wine is a little bit like to be in love". Essex boy Joey wants a man whose ears poke out while dustman Bruce is after a woman who’ll make him think, “yeah she can put her slippers under my bed anytime she wants". The hotel aspect doesn’t add much to an already perfect show but the stakes are higher. For the rejected daters, it’s a long journey home.

Summary

Maitre-d Fred takes a break from the show's restaurant to take over the running of luxury hotel in the south of France, where he and his team of matchmakers welcome unlucky-in-love singletons from all over the UK. Fashion model Kelly is searching for a man who'll pass muster with her dad, while street cleaner Bruce has been widowed for seven years and is determined to live life to the full and personal trainer Joey wants to find his first-ever boyfriend - who must have sticky-out ears.
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