TV dating shows don’t have a very good track record with keeping couples together.
Viewers get to watch love blossom on screen, then weeks or months later discover that their favourite pairs have split up.
First Dates is no different, with hundreds of unlucky-in-love singletons coming through the doors but ultimately leaving without that person of their dreams.
However, there have been some amazing success stories across the 12 series of the Channel 4 dating show, proving you can find love on the telly.
Some of the pairings that have stayed together may come as quite a shock because their dates in front of the cameras were incredibly awkward, but Cupid’s arrow still found its mark.
There have been engagements, weddings and even a baby, while the show has also proved you can definitely still find love in your 80s.
Here is a trip down memory lane to find out what happened to those couples who stayed together.
Ibiba and Aarron
It was love at first sight for Ibiba and Aarron, who instantly fell for each other when they met in the First Dates restaurant in 2016.
They started complimenting each other before they even sat down at the table, then started showing photos of their kids.
Decorator Aaron was very honest, opening up on spending six months in prison for ABH when he was 20 and explained he was a completely different person now.
The pair found they had a lot in common, living just minutes apart in Bristol and both having Rastafarian parents.
Aaron gave Ibiba a scare when he jokingly claimed he didn’t want to see her again, but they left the restaurant arm in arm after a sweet kiss on the cheek.
During the date, Ibiba said she wanted more kids but Aaron confessed that he wasn’t sure.
But less than a year after meeting on the show they announced they were having a baby, welcoming little girl Aziza in April 2017.
Two years later they got married and now they have the happy family they always wanted.
“Thank you First Dates – we love you,” said Aziza.
Doreen and James
A pair of octogenarians proved you can find love at any age in September 2017.
Lovely Doreen, who was in her early 80s, went on her first ever blind date with author James, who had not been on a date in 70 years.
Things got off to a bad start as James, 86, turned up late but they immediately hit the booze and got on like a house on fire.
Doreen explained that her husband of 46 years and father of her children had left her for a younger woman – leaving her devastated.
While James emotionally opened up on the loss of his wife, who tragically died in his arms just a month after their Emerald wedding anniversary.
Doreen admitted it hadn’t taken them long to start getting along, while James joked they didn’t have long to take at their age.
After their date they shared a chocolate and both agreed they liked being in each other’s company.
James now has a chapter to add to his autobiography as everything came smelling up roses for him and Doreen.
The couple are still together and James even invited Doreen to visit his rose garden.
Fran and Will
Back in 2017, tweed lover Will admitted some people think he sounds like a “pompous arse” when he walked into the restaurant.
Luckily he was partnered up with fellow country and beer lover Fran, who admitted she’d been single her whole life and men were like aliens.
The very awkward date got off to a an excruciating start – with red-faced Will not knowing what to say and Fran claiming she had no hobbies.
While Fran was in the toilet, Will got some tips on how to compliment her from Fred and said he trusted him because he was a Frenchman.
Will said meeting Fran was “like Christmas comes early” and rated her a 10/10.
At the end of their date, Will admitted he would like to see Fran again, to which she replied “ditto” as she praised his dress sense and tweed.
Three years after their first date, Will and Fran revealed the exciting news that they had set the date.
And they even used a photo of themselves together on the show for their save the dates.
“I still can’t really believe we met the day we did. I never ever thought I would meet my soul mate and here he is,” said Fran.
While Will simply replied: “Ditto.”
Adam and Dan
Painter and decorator Adam revealed he was a former ladies man who always had the prettiest girlfriends at school – but he went to the restaurant for a date with a man in 2014.
Explaining that he had a life-changing experience during a two-month stay in hospital, Adam said: “I went in straight and came out gay.”
While his date Dan was looking for a more mature man to settle down with because he kept getting messaged by young lads.
The bearded pair realised they had both come out at the same age.
They discussed how both their mums thought they were straight because they fancied Kylie Minogue and Julia Roberts.
Adam and Dan went for a drink straight after their date – and have kept up the pace ever since.
Dan moved in that year and proposed on Christmas Day, so they are now saving up for their dream wedding in South Africa.
Hema and Ajai
Bow tie-wearing Ajai was on the look out for love in 2016 – and went on a blind date with touch-up photographer Hema.
There was an awkward start to their date as Ajai claimed he was trying to make accountancy sexy, while Hema needed a cushion on her seat to reach his eye level.
In a wow moment, “trigger happy” Ajai revealed that he had proposed to three women but never got past the engagement stage.
It wasn’t exactly love at first sight, as Hema told a friend on the phone in the toilets that she wasn’t a fan of his massive moustache.
Hema was gone for so long that Ajai thought she had legged it, but from that point they got on so well they didn’t realise the restaurant was closing around them.
When asked if they wanted to see each other again Hema burst out laughing, admitting she was put off by the moustache.
However, they agreed to go on another date and four years on they have been busy.
First came the moustache removal, then Ajai got down on one knee to propose to Hema, but this time he actually got married.
“So we are married. It’s been about six months and we couldn’t be happier,” said Hema.
After incorrectly claiming it had been three years since they first met, Ajai added: “It’s been amazing. I remember it like it was three years ago.
Greig and Shaun
Greig has had a roller coaster experience on First Dates.
During his first date on the show, things took a drastic turn when his date John brutally admitted he didn’t find him attrractive.
To make it even worse, John claimed there was no point in staying for the main course.
But Greig actually beat him to it and walked out after paying for his half of the meal.
Having left the table, Greig told the camera: “You’ve come for a blind date, you’re there together to have a laugh and a giggle – don’t be a d**k, see it through, buy a dessert.”
Greig had a far better experience when he returned in 2017 for a date with Shaun.
In December that year the couple announced they were engaged.