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Appear on The First Dates TV Programme



Single and looking for love?

You’re one step away from potentially meeting your match.

We want to get to know you. Fill out the form below, giving us as much detail as possible.

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We want to share the love with you so if you’re interested in all things ‘First Dates’ or want to know more about special offers and information by email, then please let us know by ticking the box (or boxes) that apply below:

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Get the latest information, news and updates about ‘First Dates’, such as merchandising, events, books and dating apps, from First Dates* (including on behalf of Channel 4 and our specially chosen partners and/or sponsors).
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Win a £2,000 wedding in a Grade II listed building

Win a wedding


We’ve teamed up with Staffordshire County Council to give away the prize of a perfect wedding day at County Buildings in Stafford worth £2,000

Located in the heart of Stafford, County Buildings is a magnificent Grade II listed building which provides an elegant setting for a unique and distinctive wedding ceremony and reception.The building, which opened in October 1895, is available on an exclusive hire basis so you can celebrate in total privacy with your friends and family.

There are five elegant rooms of varying size and character to choose from and a dedicated team is on hand to help you choose the best option to suit your requirements. Whether you want an intimate setting for a party of 25 in The Members’ Library or a grand celebration with 100 held in The Council Chambers, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Read more: An interview with Michelin-starred chef Daniel Galmiche

When it comes to photographic locations, County Buildings offers a wide variety. The magnificent 12-foot-wide sweeping staircase offers a breathtaking backdrop for a grand entrance, while the lobby has a stunning ornate stained glass dome and period feature fireplace – not to mention the two decorative antique crystal chandeliers which hang as focal points in two of the rooms.County Buildings is licensed for civil ceremonies and civil partnerships. Packages range from ceremony only to a ceremony and the use of the venue for receptions, which also include the registrar fees. They can provide options ranging from champagne and canapes to afternoon tea or an evening function. Ceremonies are available on a Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

One lucky couple will win a wedding worth up to £2,000. The prize includes the venue hire for four hours during the day, notice fees for both of you and registrar costs as well as canapes and prosecco for up to 60 guests after the ceremony, including the couple.

For your chance to win this prize, simply fill in the form below before the deadline of midnight on Thursday, May 25 2017. Usual Trinity Mirror rules apply, as well as those found below.

Win a Toyota Proace or Hilux worth £32,000

Britain’s Top Tradesperson – Competition Terms & Conditions

1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Entry and participation is free.

2. The Promoter is Screwfix Direct Limited of Trade House Mead Avenue Yeovil BA22 8RT

3. The prize will be a new Toyota Commercial vehicle from the All New Toyota Hilux or All New Toyota PROACE ranges up to the value of £32,000 on the road including VAT. The vehicle will come fully taxed for the road and will have a standard Toyota warranty. The winner must arrange their own insurance and fuel etc.

4. The competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 years old and over, except for employees and their immediate families of the Promoter or Toyota (GB) PLC, their associated and affiliated companies, their agents or anyone else connected professionally with the competition. Only one entry will be accepted per person and per household.

5. Entry into the competition will close at 23:59 (BST) on Sunday 4th June 2017. No bulk entries or entries via third parties will be accepted. Late or illegible entries will be disqualified.

6. Participants can enter the competition in three different ways: (1) by completing the entry form and placing it in the competition entry box within a participating Screwfix store based in the UK and NI; (2) by completing and submitting the online entry form available at; or (3) by completing and submitting an entry form via or Twitter.

7. Entry forms will be judged by the Promoter and the best entries (in the judge’s sole discretion) will be shortlisted for a regional judging day to be held at up to 11 Screwfix stores nationwide (locations will be depending on the entry levels; may include Northern Ireland). 8 finalists will be selected from these judging days, the 8 finalists will be notified by telephone and will need to be available to attend a final judging day, which will be used for the Promoter to select a winner. This will be in July 2017.

8. The prize will be awarded to the finalist that the judges consider to be most worthy of the title “Britain’s Top Tradesperson” based on all of the information in their entry, their interview at the judging day, and any other relevant information that may become known to Screwfix prior to the decision being made.

9. The winner will be notified by telephone by 7th August 2017 and must arrange to provide the specification for their vehicle (up to a total price On the Road of £32,000 including VAT) by 4th September 2017. If the winner wants to spec the vehicle to a specification over £32,000 OTR (including VAT) then the winner may request to pay the extra amount.

10. The final specification shall be subject to the Promoter’s and Toyota’s final approval. The vehicle will then take between 12 to 24 weeks to be built and delivered (depending upon the specification). Collection of the vehicle will be made via the winner’s local participating Toyota Business Centre dealership. Exact delivery date and details will be confirmed with the winner. The winner must arrange their own motor insurance prior to taking delivery of the prize.

11. The decision of the judges will be final and unchallengeable and, in their absolute discretion, they may declare void any entry or the competition itself, should they consider that there are no entries reaching a required standard, whereupon they can award prizes or not, as they think fit. The judges may also decide, in their absolute discretion, to change the rules of the competition while it is running if it appears to them that it would be equitable or desirable to do so. No correspondence will be entered into. The judges may also decide, in their absolute discretion, to disqualify any entrant for any reason at any point in the competition.

12. The entry and prize is personal and non transferable unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Promoter. No cash alternative or other prize alternatives are available except that in the event of unforeseen circumstances out of its control, the Promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of greater or equal value. Should the winner choose a vehicle of a lesser value or specification, no alternative in monetary terms or otherwise will be offered to make up the difference.

13. Illegible entries, those not in accordance with the terms and conditions and entries lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed beyond the closing date will be disqualified. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for disqualified entries.

14. By submitting your entry, you hereby declare that all information submitted by you is true, accurate, current and complete. The Promoter reserves the right to check the validity of any entry.

15. For the prize winner’s name and county of residence please send a stamped addressed envelope to: ‘Britain’s Top Tradesperson’, Screwfix Direct, Trade House, Mead Avenue, Yeovil, BA22 8RT. Do not send entries to this address.

16. The Promoter shall require the winner to participate in publicity events in relation to this competition up to 12 months following the award of the prize. In particular, the Promoter may publish the winner’s name and hometown, photographs and footage of winners with their prize in future editions of its publications and websites (including social media) and may require the winner to take part in any advertising campaigns and/or press interviews to promote this competition for the following year. By participating in the competition, each participant agrees to grant the Promoter and its affiliates a perpetual, royalty-free, exclusive, worldwide licence to publish and broadcast and otherwise use the material in any media including the unlimited right to sub-licence. Each participant further confirms that the publishing or broadcast of such material will not breach any third party’s intellectual property or associated rights and that any necessary permissions have been obtained. You agree to indemnify the Promoter and Toyota against any claims brought by a third party for breach of such rights. The participant may use the Promoter’s name and logo only with the Promoter’s written consent.

17. To the full extent permissible by law, neither the Promoter nor its parent company, affiliates, directors, officers, employers or agents shall be liable to you for any claim in respect of any losses (including without limitation special, indirect or consequential losses), injuries, or damages of any kind whatsoever arising from or connected to the competition.

18. Entrants will be deemed to have read, understood and accepted these terms and conditions upon entering the competition.

19. The Promoter reserves the right to withdraw the competition at any time if circumstances make this necessary.

20. The decision of the Promoter is final and binding in all matters relating to this competition. The Promoter will not enter into any correspondence in relation to the Promotion.

21. This competition is governed by the law of England and the courts of England will have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any dispute arising from the entry or interpretation of these terms and conditions.

22. By entering the Competition, all competitors agree to provide their personal data as set out on the application form and such data shall be processed in accordance with the Screwfix Privacy Policy available and the Toyota Privacy Policy available


Win a HUGE prize bundle worth £3,315!!!


Brought to you by StagWeb
Ready to say “I do”? How about adding even more style to your big day with £3,315 worth of prizes from some of the UK’s leading wedding, fashion and male grooming companies?

Prize bundle worth £3,315

Brought to you by StagWeb
Socks for the groom’s party (15 pairs worth up to £169) – London Sock Co.
Bespoke suit (worth up to £500) – A Suit That Fits
Stag party (paintball & nightclub package, worth £600) – StagWeb
Music wedding video (worth £895) – Music Wedding Videos
Personalised shaving set & washbag for the groom. Personalised shaving sets for the groomsmen (up to 7 sets worth £250) – Cornerstone
£100 voucher for vintage or ‘ex-hire’ waistcoats – Tweedman’s Vintage
Sunglasses for the groomsmen (up to 10 pairs, worth £30) – Bridea
Personalised wedding beer (worth £360) – The Craft Can Directory
Bow ties for the groom’s party (7 matching bow ties worth £182) – Mrs Bow Tie
Wedding entertainment (worth £200) – Entertainment Nation
Wedding speech for the groom (full speech package £14.99) –
Best man speech (full speech package £14.99) –
For your chance to win this amazing bundle of prizes answer the following question;

We’ll be randomly selecting one lucky winner from the correct responses. Entrants close on midnight May the 31st 2017.


This year the competition has been put together by a selection of leading brands.

A Suit That Fits
A Suit That Fits

A Suit That Fits
Bespoke wedding suit (worth £500)

It was Shakespeare who wrote “Clothes maketh the man.” We can only assume he’d seen a bespoke suit tailored by the team at A Suit That Fits. There certainly aren’t many grooms that get to wear a bespoke suit made to their exact measurements but our lucky winner will be doing exactly that in a suit designed to make him look and feel his best. If Bill S was around today he’d probably say that clothes maketh the man, but A Suit That Fits maketh the suit.

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Sunglasses for the groom’s party (worth £30)

Nothing says “looking cool” like a funky pair of shades. With all the guys suited and booted those wedding photos will look even cooler with the groomsmen in matching shades. The shades are also styled to identify the key figures in the groom’s party. also supply funky solutions to adding your own personalities to the wedding day, including wedding favours, personalised sunglasses, flip flops, shot glasses, beermats and more.

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Personalised shaving sets (worth £250)

Every groom wants to look smooth on the big day but Cornerstone take looking smooth to a whole new level, which is one of the many reasons last year saw 120,000 new members sign up to their customised delivery service to enjoy the Cornerstone razor. Our lucky groom will receive a customised razor, a washbag and shaving set while there will also be shaving sets for up to 6 groomsmen. You might even finally be able to talk your cousin into getting rid of that chin bush he’s been sporting?!?

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Win a Tin Hat Shed worth £1,350


Win a Tin Hat Shed worth £1,350
Win a Tin Hat Shed
Win a Tin Hat Shed worth £1,350

This competition runs from Thursday, 11 May 2017 at 11:55 AM
to Thursday, 22 June 2017 at 11:55 AM

Sheds have come a long way in recent years. Nowadays they can be just as attractive as they are functional.

With its appealing galvanised steel roof, ‘The Anderson’ tin hat shed from The Posh Shed Company fulfils this brief. Constructed from pressure treated, FSC-certified timber with pad bolt door, you can be sure that anything stored in the shed stays safe and secure. It also comes with handy guttering either side of the shed, perfect for attaching water butts. The shed walls have a natural finish which weathers over time to a soft silver-grey colour.

We have one prize available to win, worth £1,350, comprising of ‘The Anderson’ tin hat shed – from The Posh Shed Company.

For more information on ‘The Anderson’ shed, plus a range of other sheds, stores and garden accessories, visit
Prize details

We have one prize available to win. The prize is worth £1,350 and comprises of ‘The Anderson’ tin hat shed, from The Posh Shed Company
The shed measures 2m x 1m and the prize includes delivery and installation
The winner is responsible for having a clear, level and non-porous base ready prior to delivery
The closing date of the competition is 11:55am, Thursday 22 June, 2017
The winner will be notified and prizes sent out after this date
The closing date for this competition is 11:55am, Thursday 22 June, 2017. Please note that this competition is open to UK residents only.

Win A Luxury Holiday In The Maldives



We’re giving you the chance to win a dream holiday in the Maldives to celebrate the launch of A Song For Tomorrow by the fab Alice Peterson.

One lucky winner will win seven nights of pure luxury in a beachfront pool villa for them and a friend, including flights and full board accommodation.

It’s the most fabulous Books and the City prize to date – check out the full prize details below:

• A seven night stay at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in a Beachfront Pool villa for two people
• Full board basis, incl. soft drinks, excl. alcohol
• Return transfers from Male to Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
• Two return economy flights from London to Male up to a value of £700 per person

Are you ready for some serious R&R? Find out more about the luxury resort on the Banyan Tree website.

Win a work placement at Penguin Random House Design Studios + £1,000

Student Design Award 2017


Your chance to win a work placement within the
Penguin Random House Design Studios
as well as £1,000 in prize money


The Penguin Random House Student Design Award is an opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in design to experience real cover design briefs first-hand.

To make the process even more similar to the way our designers work, once the judges have selected the shortlist, the Art Directors will give the shortlisted entrants feedback and further art direction on their submissions. Shortlisted entrants will then be invited to resubmit their work, taking on board all the comments, before the final round of judging.

The Penguin Random House Student Design Award is open to anyone studying on a Further Education or Higher Education course (part time or full time) in any subject and at any level. Entrants must be aged 18 or over by July 2017. The competition is not open to anyone who is currently or has previously been employed in the graphic design field.  See the Terms and Conditions for full details of entry requirements.

Students may enter a maximum of one design in each of the categories:

Adult Fiction Cover Award

Adult Fiction Cover Award



Adult Non-Fiction Cover Award



Children’s Cover Award



Important Dates

All entries must be submitted digitally via the submissions site.

The closing date for entries is 12:00 (GMT) on Tuesday 7 March 2017.

Shortlisted entrants will be announced on this website by Thursday 27 April 2017.

The shortlisted entrants will be contacted by Thursday 27 April 2017 with feedback and further art direction on their covers, and the closing date for resubmission of their work is Friday 12 May 2017.


A letter from Tom Weldon, Penguin Random House CEO

Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book and Penguin Random House has created thousands of iconic book covers throughout the years. The vital role of illustrators and designers in the production of some of the world’s best-loved adult and children’s books has created and defined the identity of our UK publishing lists.

We value creativity and design incredibly highly, and started the Penguin Random House Design Award eleven years ago to encourage the next generation of designers to use their amazing talents to help us tell our authors’ stories.

I am always impressed with the quality of submissions and I look forward to seeing what this year’s talent has to offer.


‘The Award gave me the stepping stone I needed to find a career I’m passionate about and to discover my love for illustrating literary fiction’

Alexandra Allden – winner of the Penguin Adult Cover Award 2011

Win A Holiday For 2 To LAS VEGAS!

MGM Grand Las Vegas

We believe Blackpool is the Vegas of the North so we want to give one lucky couple the chance to compare for themselves. On top of the holiday, you will also receive Viva VIP treatment with an invitation to join us here in Blackpool whenever you need a dose of fabulous entertainment.

MGM Grand Las Vegas

You will be staying at the flamboyant MGM Grand which doesn’t call itself grand lightly. Located on the famous Vegas Strip, from the 45ft, bronze lion statue and the 6.6-acre swimming pool area to the four 30-storey towers and 5,000 bedrooms, this hotel is grand in every way.

Like at Viva, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, with an incredible array of international cuisine. Also like Viva, the MGM Grand is famous for its spectacular shows. Cirque du Soleil’s, KÀ appears at the MGM Grand alongside world renowned entertainers such as David Copperfield or if you fancy a flutter, the MGM Grand has one of the largest casinos in Vegas.

The holiday includes round trip flights, double room and transfers.

For a chance for you and your guest to win this holiday to Las Vegas simply answer the question and complete the form below and click to enter.

This competition closes midnight 31st March 2017 and the winner will be notified within 14 days

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We’re delighted to be giving one lucky Ricola fan the chance to win an unforgettable holiday to Switzerland worth £1,300, plus a year’s supply of Ricola sweets!


Did you know ‘Chrüterchraft’ is the name given to the magic blend of thirteen Swiss herbs, including Speedwell, Lady’s Mantle, Cowslip and Thyme, which are present in every single Ricola sweet? We’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win £100 for each of the Ricola herbs – that’s £1,300 worth of holiday vouchers!

From a relaxing stay in the breath-taking Swiss Alps to a culture-filled city break in Zurich; discover the beautiful sights of Switzerland with this amazing prize.

Upon their return, the winner will receive a year’s supply of Switzerland’s famous Ricola herbal sweets which come in several tempting flavours such as Tasty Cranberry, Refreshing LemonMint, Delicious Elderflower, Scrumptious OrangeMint, Luxurious Liquorice, The Original and the newest addition, Fresh Mountain Mint. All, of course, containing Ricola’s secret blend of 13 herbs. Plus, the winner will also receive a backpack from Swiss mountaineering and trekking equipment specialists, Mammut.

All you need to do is answer one simple question…


Happy Valentines Day


The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?


The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.