BBC Lifestyle to bring local version of global dating hit First Dates to South Africa

26 March 2019

Content - Television

Frist datesDating here in South Africa is serious business with couples really pulling out all the stops, so I cannot wait to see how fun local personalities demonstrate how dating should be done.

BBC Lifestyle, DStv channel 174, announced today that it has commissioned a local version of the hit global dating format First Dates and will be bringing it to South Africa alongside the popular Australian and BAFTA winning UK versions this year. The dating show will be produced by BBC Studios’ production partners in Africa, the multi-award-winning Rapid Blue, who together have already brought audiences local versions of widely popular shows such as Come Dine With Me South Africa, Dancing With the Stars South Africa and The Great South African Bake Off.

The dating landscape globally, as well as here in South Africa, is changing. The average age of people getting married in SA is increasing (36 for men and 32 for women), and the ways of dating has changed with apps now dominating how singletons find a partner. So, if you are over swiping left, fed up of friends and family continually trying to set you up, or if you just want to try something new and exhilarating in the hope of finding your special someone, why not sign up and see if BBC Lifestyle can match you with your perfect partner?

Entries for First Dates South Africa will be open to residents aged 18 and over and living in or around Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Daters will be able to sign up and apply via from 9am on Monday 25th March and entries will close at midnight on Sunday 28th April. Filming will take place in Johannesburg in July 2019.

Source: BBC Media Centre