E4 acquires new dating series 12 Dates of Christmas

Set in a wintery wonderland, the series will follow three singletons, Faith, Chad and Garrett, across eight episodes as they search for a special someone to bring home for Christmas.

10 dates await the trio in an Austrian castle, from ugly sweater parties to Christmas karaoke sessions. But just as they start to make connections, new love interests will arrive to complicate their pursuits.

After the dates, they will bring their special one home for the holidays and have to decide whether to commit by midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Married at First Sight: E4’s big day

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Critics might argue that the global reality show Married at First Sight makes a mockery of marriage. But, perhaps, behind all the make-up, fake tans, glamorous honeymoons and emotional drama sits a programme that, ultimately, provides people with the opportunity to find love and friendship.  

An RTS Futures event in October heard how the UK version of the show, launched originally on Channel 4 in 2015, evolved in its latest, sixth series into a beefed-up incarnation on E4, where it has become the channel’s most successful show of 2021.  

Trevor McDonald OBE announced as the new face of GamesMaster

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Trevor McDonald will replace the iconic Sir Patrick Moore and will act as the all-knowing, all seeing GamesMaster, setting up some of the most exciting gaming challenges for contestants. 

Competitors will battle it out in virtual challenges spanning a range of games in a bid to win the legendary golden joystick trophy.

The series will be presented by Robert Florence, who will also act as a creative consultant, and he will be joined by gaming host Frankie Ward and newcomer Ty Logan. 

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Rick and Morty - series five


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Rick and Morty returns for another series of multiversal escapades.

Creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have confirmed there will be more continuity this series, and that series four’s Space Beth is set to play a major part.

Married At First Sight Australia returns for series six

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Married At First Sight Australia will be back to help beat the January blues and follow a new batch of strangers as they make a lifelong commitment to each other in the hope of finding love. 

This summer, the Australian series was the most watched show on All 4, and series six promises to be even more dramatic than before. 

This series will also see the boys will enjoy a bucks night and the girls a hen night, which will lead to some eye-opening revelations.

Channel 4 commissions new series Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion

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Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion will see a new crop of single celebrities looking to find ‘the one’ while all living under the same roof.

With dates, drinks and drama, the series will see the celebrities go on a series of dates with potential matches. Unlike previous series however, there will be nowhere to hide if a date doesn’t go to plan. Instead of the ease of ghosting, face to face communication will be essential, no matter how awkward it gets.

First Dates: Teens heads to E4 in 2021

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The six-part series will see a group of 16-19-year olds embark on the often weird and sometimes wonderful world of dating, with their first ever face-to-face blind date.

While the Gen-Zers may not be looking to find ‘the one’, they will be able to have fun away from their phones and the pressures of social media and enjoy chatting about everything from Nicki Minaj to Brexit.