First Dates for teens is on its way, and the show wants everyone to find love regardless of ‘shape and sexuality’

First Dates maître d’ Fred Sirieix

A teen version of the hit E4 series First Dates is on its way, and it will celebrate LGBT+ teenagers, regardless of their “shape, size and sexuality”.

Maître d’ Fred Sirieix and his staff will play matchmaker for teens between the ages of 16 and 19.

Sirieix posted a video on Twitter today, in which he said in his signature French accent: “I have some great news to announce today – the First Dates restaurant is about to open its doors to teenagers.

“So if you are between the 16 and 19 years old, this is your chance to experience butterflies for the first time, find out a little bit more about yourself or simply fall in love with the love of your life… Rest assured that you when you get here, the team and I will look after you and you will have a great time.

“It will be a fantastic memory for you to have when you are as old as me and you have as many grey hairs as I have on my beard.”

According to The Sun, E4 will start filming the six-part series in Manchester later this year.

A “source” reportedly told the publication: “Teen First Dates will give everyone the chance to find love – regardless of shape, size and sexuality.

“As the contestants are more inexperienced, crew are keen to be gentle with them and are expecting a lot of nerves, especially as some won’t have been on a date before.”

First Dates debuted on Channel 4 in 2013 and its popularity has been matched by its inclusivity. The franchise already includes First Dates Hotel and Celebrity First Dates, and there are many international versions of the show.

First Dates has shown daters from various parts of the LGBT+ community, including a same-sex couple who dated in sign language and multiple trans participants.