The addition of the French countryside as a backdrop to romance in the new spin-off is an added bonus for this series that entertains by being hugely comic as well as well as appealing to age-old sentiments.Romesh Ranganathan neatly summed up First Dates Hotel in the Guardian: “ It takes all the usual trappings of the First Dates experience – lovelorn singles, friendly bartender, chirpy voiceover – and checks them into a 13th-century castle in Provence, where guests are given 48 hours to find love before they’re forced to pack their bags.” But, let’s not worry about that too much, because this is after all a show created to entertain, and I imagine that like that other ‘dating’ special from ITV, “Dinner Date”, any romance that does start during 48-hours in France may not make it back across the Channel.
She makes this very interesting observation, which is worth remembering: “ When meeting a first date that you’ve met online, use your common sense and arrange the date for a public place and let a friend know where you’re going.
There are lots of scare stories about online dating, but consider the fact that you may be just as likely to meet unsavoury characters offline.
There is such a difference between what is available for men and woman.
What I find most interesting at this point is the whole dating scene.
This doesn’t mean you’ve failed; you just know what yourself and what you want.
According to Erika Ettin, her over-50 male clients tell her that women don’t age as well as men and, guess what, the over-50s women say the same thing about the men.
I discovered the First Dates TV programme on C4 quite by accident and was charmed by Gallic host Fred Sirieix and I am now enjoying the follow-on “First Dates Hotel” set in beautiful Provence.
There is something particularly compelling about this reality show, perhaps because it is simply fascinating to watch other people go on blind, first dates.
Pushing a person to choose you over family rarely turns out well.
When you go on a first date keep your expectations realistic.
Be cautious men, these women are looking for you to do it all over again and that means house and children.