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Dinner Date is a modern attempt (in my own opinion) of making dating seem somewhat more exciting that what it is supposed to be, but with dating it is what the two people who are on the date make. On this show, the whole point of it is somewhat odd as it fabricates dates with people that may not otherwise go on a date with 'the other person' - let me explain.
At the start of the show, an individual is given around six menus that have been created by six other people that they hope to cook for that one individual. But the individual based on what the menus are, has to choose three of those people in order to go to their house and have that meal cooked for them by that particular person - in the hope that it will win them over, and that there will be a happy ending of a more long term relationship.
But the only snag though, is that the person who is choosing which three people to have dinner with knows nothing about them - and won't do, until they
have turned up at their house to have the three course meal cooked for them. And they can only get to know each other over the meal, and if there is nothing happening between them then it could make for a long night.
After the individual has had all three dates, they then have to choose which one out of the three who have cooked for them they wish to actually take out for a meal in a restaurant. But they way they find out is interesting, as on the night in question all three have to get ready to go out as they stillw on't know until the very last minute if they are going to be the one who will be picked. And at the 'set time', all three of them will have a ring on their door bell. One of them will be pleased to see the individual who is going to be taking them out for the evening stood there, but for the other two it will only be a micowave meal for one.
You may notice that I have not actually used any terms like male or female in this review so far, and that is for a reason. I have seen a number of these programmes whereby three guys will cook for one girl; three girls will cook for one guy, and even on one occasion three guys cooking for another guy (but none where the girls cook for another girl). This is one good part of the show, as I feel it shows how different parts within society will do things - and what the outcomes may well be!
This particular show is shown on ITV1, and is sometimes repeated on ITV2 or other ITV channels - but the main shows are normally ever shown over the weekends. Although with this said, I have actually in fact seen some of the shows having been repeated on the very odd or rare occasion during the week too.
As I already pointed out at the start of the review, the person who is chooisng which of the three dates to go on has absolutely no idea as to who these people are going to be or what they are even in to. And so therefore, they will only get to know them through talking and chatting to them over dinner. Which if you are not great at conversation with somebody that you don't yet know (let alone be eating dinner with them in their house), then you might find that things could go slightly wrong.
The only thing that I think that is good to come out of this show, is that there are some good recipes and things that peole have made (which are sometimes published on the ITV website at some point). But apart from this, I personally think that it is wrong to put two people who are on what I guess could only really be called a 'blind date' on national television whereby they could be opening themselves up to anything - but with this said, they should hopefully know what it is that they have been letting themselves in for when they had originally applied to go on the show.
All in all, I do feel that this is a very poor offering from ITV and I wouldn't really be rushing to watch it ever again. Of course you may not actually agree with me which is fine, but if you are somebody who likes watchine something with a bit of go in it - then you are better off watching paint dry than this.