First Dates UK
BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
Reality, Docu-Reality, Dating Game Show
First Dates is a an interactive observational documentary series, following the thrills, fears and loves of modern dating.
With nine million Brits now looking for love online and potentially meeting their partners on blind dates, the world of modern dating is complicated, but some things never change – when eyes first meet and hearts skip a beat.
This show aims to capture the look of love – following daters who are hoping that they just might spend the rest of their life together.
The series invites people from all walks of life from around the UK, who are looking for love.
Using a fixed-rig, the series films new couples each week in a unique restaurant – where everyone is on a first date.
From the moment they lay eyes on each other to their parting glance, the hour-long programmes show every shared joke, faux pas and blossoming connection as the series aims to see first love unfolding.
At the end of every date, the couples talk candidly to the camera about their evening and answer the killer question: will they see each other again?
In the series premiere, "Denai and Edward": Faliraki DJ Terry wants to tame his wild love life and find a girl to settle down with, and 68-year-old Richard is venturing into online dating three years after losing his wife.
The Home Channel (DStv 176)
Reality Makeover, Reality, Home Improvement
In the hospitality design world, few can match the prolific works of Bill "Bonkers" Bensley.
Since 1989 he has designed more than two hundred properties in more than 30 countries around the world, from remote resorts to spectacular palaces and intimate private residences.
Bill showcases his profound contributions to hospitality design in this series.
Designing Paradise gives us a behind the scenes look into his method, madness and how his imaginative worlds become reality.
His signature is unmistaken lush, detailed, lively, playful, and even downright seductive.
He brings fun and wonder to the most luxurious hotels and resorts around the world, transforming ordinary places into paradise.