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Not my neck of the woods but I really enjoy this programme and it would be a treat for some couples.

The First Dates restaurant is coming to Manchester, and we’re looking for couples from the local area to join us in the restaurant as background daters when the cameras roll this Spring!

Each couple will receive £50 towards the cost of their meal 🤤 and will get to enjoy the atmosphere of the First Dates restaurant during filming without the pressure of being a featured dater on a blind date! 😏

For more information, please get in touch via the following email: FirstDatesBG@twentytwenty.tv ❤️

angemski
9 days ago
What do you think of this?
CaroleBallard
CaroleBallard9 days ago

£50 to the cost of the meal is nice, but how much does a meal cost in general? And with respect if this is being filmed, how much are you going to pay them to be filmed because if it's £50 just to the meal thats really a poor do and you are getting off lightly.

Sorry but at an approx going rate of £20 an hour for a basic actor, you should be paying at least £100 for people to even turn up and be in your filming let alone paying for the meal as well.

Gosh you are being cheapskates. Not professional at all.

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angemski
angemski
Original Poster
9 days ago

I doubt, very much, that you would get paid as an extra - it's a simple quid pro quo. I think there are lots of people who would enjoy being part of the programme and finding out how it's filmed but without all the nerves of being the couple that's filmed. Sometimes you do it for the experience - it also depends if you're a fan of First Dates......

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CaroleBallard
CaroleBallard9 days ago

angemski Yes you would. This company is being a cheapskate. An Extra anyhow is someone who is in the background, NOT paid to have a meal.

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angemski
angemski
Original Poster
9 days ago

CaroleBallard Just checking back on the post - there were two comments about £50 being mean and over 200 very interested. Maybe some people think it's worth it just to meet Fred.

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CaroleBallard
CaroleBallard9 days ago

angemski If Fred was my date, I'd do it... but that's not the point.

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davidstockport
davidstockport9 days ago

CaroleBallard Having a meal in the background doesn't mean they should be paid as extras - when paid extras have a meal the meal is provided FREE.

I, many times in the past, was a paid extra (with an Equity card), on a few occasions with the unpaid public in the background. The public couldn't be instructed what to do.

If the producers want to encourage people to be "background" with some inducement, which would be necessary for this kind of production, they are entitled to do so. They do it regularly with studio audiences.

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Dilligaf
Dilligaf9 days ago

If you were being used as an extra you would need an Equity card, this way they are getting the restaurant filled when they're filming and the couple get a cheap meal. Not for me, but great for couples in the area

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angemski
angemski
Original Poster
9 days ago

Dilligaf I felt the same way.

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Dilligaf
Dilligaf9 days ago

angemski where did you get that picture of me, I'm the same shape, always have an empty plate in front of me and only ever wear a t-shirt.

If people want to do it then fair play, good food, cheaper price, good company and the chance to be on TV

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angemski
angemski
Original Poster
9 days ago

Dilligaf 🤣 You my twin?

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Dilligaf
Dilligaf9 days ago

angemski hey sis 👋

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DannySpeed
DannySpeed9 days ago

Anyone greedy will go for this, it's true, they should be giving them a lot more than a measly £50. Sorry to disagree with you Angemski but this is a cheap way to make a silly programme. Still some greedy suckers will go for it.

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angemski
angemski
Original Poster
9 days ago

I love all opinions so not offended but why are they greedy? Do you mean the producers or the punters? Many will see it as a night out and be happy to participate. True the £50 wouldn't cover a round of cocktails but I do love to play devil's advocate sometimes. 😉

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DebbieReed2020
DebbieReed20209 days ago

angemski It's pretty clear he means the TV company are greedy but, it's a bit greedy just trying to get something for nothing anyhow really, but you can't blame them. I'd agree, if they used actors which kind of defeats the object but none the less they would pay them a whole lot more.

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Lynibis
Lynibis9 days ago

DebbieReed2020 a whole section of this site is dedicated to getting something for nothing so does that make us all greedy? I would happily sit in a restaurant and get paid for it via a free meal. It seems a pretty fair reciprocal arrangement and no hard work involved.

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davidstockport
davidstockport9 days ago

DebbieReed2020 But the cost of using enough paid actors to look like a busy restaurant would be prohibitive so such programmes couldn't be made. As an example would anyone expect every spectator at a sporting event even expect to be paid, even if they "might" be caught on camera?

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DebbieReed2020
DebbieReed20209 days ago

Lynibis yes but you are not really getting a free meal, the cost of it will be much more than the £50

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DebbieReed2020
DebbieReed20209 days ago

davidstockport I just think, that this is a producers way of making a cheap programme. It undermines the acting agency, and i think they should use or at least pay actors to do it. Instead they pay a measly sum and can repeat it where as, actors would get a repeat fee.

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davidstockport
davidstockport9 days ago

DebbieReed2020 Almost all TV programmes have to be made "on the cheap" the big budgets that abounded when commercial TV started are things of the past. That's why reality shows (cheapest of the cheap) have nearly taken over.

In some ways paid actors couldn't be used (although many actors would welcome it) - it wouldn't be very realistic if recognised actors could be seen in the background.

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angemski
angemski
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9 days ago

davidstockport I agree that, although actors would be grateful for the work, it just wouldn't do to see a familiar face, even if they were only recognisable from a commercial.

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davidstockport
davidstockport9 days ago

angemski Back in the seventies - Coronation Street and Emmerdale Farm (the opposite side of the Pennines) had the same extra, as a postman, for quite some time - people do notice.

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