Channel 4 has commissioned Five Dates a Week (w/t), a new six-part series from Label1 expanding on the format of 2020’s breakthrough dating series Five Guys A Week. This time, the show is broadening its horizons and is on the hunt for singles of any gender and sexual orientation to try out the UK’s most unique matchmaking setup.
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.
In Series one and two of Five Guys a Week (available to stream now on All 4), single women invited five eligible bachelors to their homes and hand-picked their favourites. Young audiences fell head over heels for the series, averaging 12.5% share for 16-to-34-year-olds, and the show won hearts in 2020 as a streaming favourite on All 4. The format is distributed internationally by Fremantle and has sold to seven territories including Italy, Canada, Sweden and France.
Applications for the series are now open via https://www.channel4.com/4viewers/take-part/five-dates
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”.