Channel 4 has commissioned Five Dates a Week (w/t), a new six-part series from Label1 expanding on the Five Guys A Week dating format.

The Fremantle-backed production company is now inviting applications for an all-new series to be filmed this summer. This time, the show is broadening its horizons and is on the hunt for singles of any gender and sexual orientation.

In Five Dates a Week (w/t), one singleton invites five potential partners of their choice to spend a week living with them – all at the same time. The format fast-tracks the ‘getting to know you’ phase of the relationship and gives the picker the opportunity to compare and contrast five dates – in real time. In the new series, the picker will move into a dreamy ‘love cottage’ for the week where they’ll invite five aspiring admirers to contend for romance.

As they whittle down their five potential partners to just one – will the last one standing be their perfect match?

In Series one and two of Five Guys a Week, single women invited five eligible bachelors to their homes and hand-picked their favourites. The format is distributed internationally by Fremantle and has sold to seven territories including Italy, Canada, Sweden and France.

Five Dates a Week (w/t) is a 6 x 60’ series for Channel 4.  It is commissioned by Alf Lawrie, Head of Factual Entertainment and Gilly Greenslade, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment. The series is produced by Label1. It is Series Produced by Alannah Richardson and Executive Produced by Lorraine Charker-Phillips and Simon Dickson.

Channel 4’s Gilly Greenslade, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment comments: “Five Guys a Week proved to be a captivating series showing that the path to romance is complex. We’re proud of the diverse mix of men and women we saw in series one and two, and we’re really excited for further potential love matches as this unique dating series expands to a more inclusive array of hopeful romantics.”

Label1’s Head of Programmes, Lorraine Charker-Phillips, said “After the dating drought of the last eighteen months, love is in the air again. We’re delighted to be going back into production with a refreshing new take on one of Channel 4’s most exciting dating formats”.


Jon Creamer

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