A look back at some of the series' most memorable and dynamic dates - reliving the moments of nerves, awkwardness, naughtiness and passion, and of unlikely chemistry, roaring rivalries and heart-warming stories. The show also reveals what the daters are up to now - featuring chicken farmer Griff, Perry in his gold lamé trunks, and Robyn, whose love mantra is `treat 'em mean and keep 'em keen'. London ladette Lauren is about to have the shock of her life, while double-daters, best friends and fashionistas Sara and Jo head off in search of something a bit more meaningful.
As another season of love draws to a close, Fred Sirieix and his fellow cupids pull out all the stops in the hope of ending on a high. However, things do not get off to a great start for cat lover Zoe and her date Joseph, who makes a nervous first impression. Will a bit of witty repartee and the revelation about his own furry friend encourage her to let her guard down? Meanwhile, James has extended his stay in the hope of meeting his soulmate - and it seems that 6ft 6 Max from Oxford might just be the man for him.
Another group of singletons hope to find love while staying in the luxury Italian hotel. Checking in first is Fiona, the 62-year-old mother of Duncan James from boy band Blue. She has come to stay on the recommendation of her son, who featured on last year's celebrity version. Will ex-naval officer Eric be the man for her? Others looking for a little fun in the sun are chef James and actor Jamie, and care home manager Hayley, who describes her ideal man as a `Viking' and confident. Enter 6ft 4 car salesman Nick, who has confidence in spades.
Online relationship guru Breeny spends her time advising others on their love lives, but has yet to find `The One' herself. She wants a man with spirit - something that 6ft personal trainer Bavoray is not short of. Mum of two Lisa lost the love of her life three years ago and is now looking for someone to spend the future with - crucially someone who isn't bald. Her date is businessman Steve McCool. But will his full head of hair be enough in the end? Make-up artist Kiera is paired up with Jack, an Essex builder with an extremely thorough pre-date beauty regime.
Love is in the air once more in Italy, as more hopeful singletons check in to the hotel, hoping to find their soulmate. Musician Jonathan is seeking a muse and spiritual healer, while 5ft 4 Reece finds his modest stature a stumbling block when dating, but connects with Chelsea over a shared love of gaming and issues with anxiety. Stacey is 33 and looking to settle down and sits down for dinner with medical salesman Paul, who is searching for someone to come home to after long days driving on the M62.
Maitre d' Fred Sirieix and his staff take care of another group of singletons hoping to find love while staying in a luxury hotel. Last week saw online acquaintances Georgia and Rachael meet by chance at the hotel pool. Now they are on dates with their male matches - only for one person to be left with a difficult dilemma that could result in a broken heart. Meanwhile, antiques dealer Alex and opera singer Hannah check in for their romantic rendezvous, and sparks fly when cab driver Josie meets plumber Martin.
A Cornish woman with a love of dancing dates a man who runs a pasty business in Plymouth, a guest in her seventies is hoping to meet someone like Sean Connery, and an estate agent claims to be looking for a workman with a lot of pockets.
After Duncan James' arrival last week, Ulrika Jonsson, Pete Wicks and AJ Odudu join him in the hotel of romance. Ulrika says she simply wants a man who makes her laugh. Can Bristol businessman Paul tickle the former weathergirl's ribs? Towie star Pete hopes that eco-fashion designer Emily will see past his bad-boy reputation and TV presenter AJ, who is nursing a broken heart, goes on a date with ex-model Duke. Is her luck about to change? Plus, an update on how Duncan and Joao are getting on since they were paired up last week
Heads turn at the poolside when a VIP arrives in the shape of actor and Blue singer Duncan James. Having spent years in the closet, Duncan has entrusted Fred Sirieix with finding him his first public date as an openly gay man. Also appearing are twice-married single mum Jessica, who hopes sweet-natured ex-soldier Dean will past her prominent assets, and Italian-born Maddie, who likes the idea of a cool nerd with the looks of Harry Potter. Will maths whizz Daniel fit the bill?
Hairdresser Amie is looking for a partner who is a cut above the rest, and when she meets her date - 30-year-old Kurt - they quickly realise they are speaking the same language. But is it the language of love? Others being paired up are restaurant manager Matt and marketing executive Dania, and part-time actor Simon and Disney-loving fellow thespian James
The stage is set for another sizzling day in Southern Italy as the First Dates Hotel checks in a new raft of UK singles hoping romance will sparkle under the Mediterranean sun.
Among the guests is former international jazz singer, 83 year old Dorit, a holocaust survivor with many a tale to tell. She's looking for a meeting of minds with a 'grey-haired stud', and stepping up to the plate is history buff and poetry lover, John. At 82 and with a cheeky promise to become her toy boy he soon realises he has his work cut out to win this formidable lady's heart.
Perfecting his mating call poolside is unlucky in love radio station manager, Paul, a man with a secret past. Now the other side of 40, his biological clock is ticking. His date is 39 year old Anna, who has sacrificed love for a career dancing on cruise ships. An instant connection over their song and dance backgrounds gets the date off to a good start, but Paul's secret is hanging over them, and he's very reluctant to reveal it.
Fun-loving Sheffield lawyer Lianne won't take her makeup off for just any man, after years of bad relationships have left her insecure about her looks. More than up to the challenge is fellow legal eagle Sia – who has checked in looking for his first ever girlfriend. A thunderbolt of chemistry hits the pair as they meet for a cocktail in the bar, leaving the couple shaken and stirred. Could Lianne be the one to end Sia's love drought?
Checking out the view poolside is 21 year philosophy student Finn... who suffers from a terminal case of 'Romeo Syndrome', always falling in love with the first girl he sees. With 24 year old primary school teacher Georgia set firmly in his sights, this Romeo definitely thinks he's found his Juliet. Sadly, the love birds are already destined matches with other dates. All the same, sparks fly between the young romantics. That is until Georgia's real date, dashing business graduate Oli, checks in. As Oli begins to sweep Georgia off her feet, hopeless romantic Finn is left playing second fiddle in this burgeoning ménage a trois.
First to nab a lounger poolside is royal family-obsessed perfumer Perry, who's already turning heads in some natty gold lamé trunks. He's on the scent for a man who can get the seal of approval from his beloved mum and dog Dolly. His match is 43 year old art dealer Naveed, whose pre-date nerves could be his undoing.
Six foot three buff single dad and builder Richard is dying to find someone he can resonate with on a spiritual level. Heart-broken after the breakup of his marriage, he's checked in hoping to restore his faith in love. Cue primary school-teacher and former model Carly. A perfect match from the beginning, the chemistry is palpable... that is until a mid-date revelation threatens the wrong kind of fireworks.
26 year old Robyn may work as a receptionist for a luxury car firm, but her love life is stuck in first gear. Having always felt like the ugly duckling compared to her gorgeous group of 'galfriends', her mum has invested in her daughter's love life with her vey own copy of 'Why Men Love Bitches'. The key piece of advice? Men love the chase. 'Treat them mean and keep them keen' is Robyn's mantra. Will she struggle to keep her cool when she comes face to face with her dream man... Six foot two rugby player Michael?
For most daters a holiday in the Italian sun is the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind, but not for 23-year-old perfectionist Sophie, who has a list of requirements as long as her arm, and an ideal man in mind. Reporting for duty is strapping ex-army mechanic Daryl, but 20 minutes into the date, Sophie's convinced that Daryl's not the love of her life. As the floodgates open, waitress Laura provides a shoulder to cry on. Can she turn the tide for this unhappy couple? Plasterer Ryland, who's 33, has spent the last two years recovering from cocaine addiction. Now happy and healthy, this footy-mad lad would happily choose love over Spurs winning the league. He meets no-nonsense barmaid and West Ham fan Amanda; are they a match made in heaven?
After last week's shock revelation that blind daters Lauren and Pat are friends from back home, the soap opera continues this week as Lauren sets out to win Pat's heart. Eternally placed firmly in the friend zone, she's determined that history won't repeat itself this time. As the cocktails flow, and with flirting high on Lauren's agenda, will these friends finally become lovers? Bowtie firmly tied, dapper Essex farmer George is looking for a wife. Having ploughed a lonely furrow for the last five years, he's seeking a lady who's not afraid to get dirty down on the farm. More than up for the challenge is agricultural surveyor and farmer-phile Louise who, at 27, has never had a boyfriend. Armed with her trusty list of sure-fire questions to ask on a date - this muddy match is off to a great start. Glam granny Ros believes that most men her age are either 'married or dead'. A widowed charity shop worker from Wales, she's searching for a man to inject a bit of va va voom in the bedroom.
A new batch of the young and beautiful eye each other up in the Italian sunshine. Sweating in the shade is pie man Paul, 28. What he lacks in bronzed abdominals he makes up for in charm. His potential paramour is blonde doggie day care worker Kimmy, a salt-of-the-earth bombshell who's tired of having her heart broken. As Paul battles nerves, he threatens to derail their burgeoning romance before it's even begun with a hair-raising revelation. Next, after the breakdown of her 17 year marriage, 40-year-old property mogul Michelle seeks to build foundations for a new relationship with investment manager and ex-army man Rudy. On paper it's a perfect match. He's a smooth-talking society bachelor from moneyed Mayfair, and she brokers multi-million pound deals for a living. The only problem is Rudy's determined to maintain an inimitable mystique, clamming up at any personal question. With Michelle determined to unpick this enigmatic stranger, will she be able to scratch the surface in time?
Following a painful marriage, glamorous tattooed policewoman Emma meets bearded carpenter Luke, in one of the most passionate dates in the show's history. Meanwhile, flight attendant Andrew is finally ready to find love again, following the tragicsuicide of his husband, and is set up on a date with fellow Bristolian David, who has a lust for life and a thirst for fine Italian wines.
Nursery worker Kaylee, who's 29, has put her love life on hold to focus on the great loves of her life: her two children. As a single mum, the only time she gets chatted up is in the supermarket on the way home from the school run. Her date - Essex bricklayer Keiren - more than fits the bill, but Kaylee's torn between her head and her heart when she meets another poolside hopeful - tall, handsome Charlie.
Twenty-one-year-old electrician Eddie is a bona fide 'man's man', but talking to women turns him into a sweaty wreck. Eighty-one-year-old retired reflexologist Sheila believes that life begins at 80. She's been widowed for eight years and is determined to have one last shot at love in France. Bank analyst Poppy, who's 23, has Ehler's Danlos Syndrome, and worries that she'll never find a man who can see past her wheelchair.
During their two-day stay, daters embark on the most romantic blind date of their lives. If Cupid's arrow strikes, they then have the rest of their stay to see if they've finally found amour. Fashion model Kelly is searching for a man who'll pass muster with her Daddy, a 6'2' bodybuilder who has a habit of phoning her mid-date for a progress report.
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