Our (fictional) dream daters for Channel 4's hit series, which has moved to Tuesdays at 9pm
First Dates is so popular it’s even been given its own spin-off, Celebrity First Dates, in which the likes of Esther Rantzen and Richard Blackwood were looking for love.
But celebs can be a bit boring – what if our favourite TV characters were to take part in a fictional version? Now that would be entertaining.
Here are the singletons we’d line up for a blind date in episode one…
Oh Mary. Weatherfield’s funniest lady needs a leading man to make her laugh, and Dev’s just not good enough. We can just imagine her getting tipsy at the First Dates bar, and asking her date inappropriate questions…
Casualty’s most exasperated doctor would have to be dragged kicking and screaming, but his recent experience looking after his baby half-sister has definitely softened him. Would need to be matched with a dog lover.
Roxy’s track record with men is worse than Dot Cotton’s track record with nicotine patches. If she’s not stealing Ronnie’s boyfriends, she’s dating sexual predators. Maybe stepping out of E20 might help?
Even high functioning sociopaths need a cuddle sometimes, and Watson is often too busy for his buddy. Sherlock might clash with maitre’d Fred, but hopefully the right lady would be charmed by his elementary tales of murder and peculiar table manners.
Life hasn’t been kind to Happy Valley’s Catherine, and it’s about time the straight-talking copper had something to smile about. Hopefully she’ll meet a tolerant, peaceful man who can cope with a few meltdowns…
You’d think being a Musketeer would guarantee you female attention, but not for poor Porthos. He’s been moaning about his single status in the latest series, so we’d love him to find a nice lady. Let’s hope the restaurant serves French wine…
First Dates returns to Channel 4 on Tuesday, August 9