Andrew Scott and Katie McGrath are among the stars set to recreate the nerves, awkwardness and sexual confusion of a first date, in a new Channel 4 drama series.
Written by Skins creator Bryan Elsley, Dates is a series of two-handers following characters on initial romantic encounters, with some appearing in just a single episode while others are involved in longer story arcs.
Former Sherlock star Scott, who plays a Christian named… Christian in the series, will find himself sat across a dinner table from schoolteacher Jenny, played by Mrs Biggs’s Sheridan Smith.
Katie McGrath, best known as dark witch Morgana in BBC1 fantasy drama Merlin, will date one of the other stars – whether male or female is yet to be specified – who include The Thin Red Line’s Ben Chaplin, The Hour’s Oona Chaplin, Fresh Meat’s Greg McHugh, Secret Diary of a Call Girl’s Gemma Chan, Tyrannosaur’s Sian Breckin, The Story of Tracy Beaker’s Montanna Thompson and Smith’s former Two Pints of Lager co-star Will Mellor.
Smith’s character Lucy will be involved in more than one episode – also dating city trader Nick, played by Utopia’s Neil Maskell – in a show described as “hopeful, surprising, awkward” and “sexy as hell”.
Currently filming in London, the nine-part series is set to air in the summer.