Series 5, Episode 1
With everyone in the restaurant on a blind date, nerves are always running high. But on hand, as always, with encouraging words and matchmaking savoir faire are Maitre’D Mateo, master-mixologist Ethan – ably assisted by Alice, Pete and Libby.
Some of the daters bravely allowing the nation to eavesdrop on their romantic rendezvous include; 81-year-old Michael, the restaurant’s oldest dater ever, 32-year-old Jenna on her very first date since an accident left her paralysed, and comedian Edwin Sammon, best known as Fr. Gabriel from ‘Bridget & Eamon’.
There are also some familiar faces returning. Three years later, Timmie from Clare is hoping for a love connection and not a repeat of last time when his match left in tears. And Dublin taxi driver Paul is back, this time packing a brand new level of confidence and a full set of shiny new teeth.
So prepare for an intoxicating blend of romance, flirtatious faux-pas, doorway malfunctions, fluttering nerves, and the tantalising prospect of second dates as the First Dates restaurant turns up the heat with a fresh intake of hopeful singletons.
In a first for the restaurant, double daters Mary and Martina (45) from Limerick are twins who don’t share the same taste in men. Will Mullingar men clean-cut Sylvester (45) and dashing master stonemason David (45) whet their appetite?
Animation student Eric (24) from Limerick worries that his stammer might ruin his date with Ashley (25) from Donegal but it seems romance knows no such impediment.
And unrepentant ladies’ man Barry-John (24) from south Dublin meets his match in the form of feisty model Katarina (25) from Laois.