The BEST Episodes of Dates

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2021

Network: Channel 4

Dates steps into the social minefield that is 21st century dating and stars; Ben Chaplin (Thin Red Line), Sheridan Smith (Quartet), Andrew Scott (The Town, Sherlock), Neil Maskell (The Mimic, Utopia), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones,The Hour), Greg McHugh, (Fresh Meat), Will Mellor (Broadchurch), Katie McGrath (Merlin), Gemma Chan (Fresh Meat), Montana Thompson (Story of Tracey Beaker) and Sian Breckin (Tyrannosaur). With confessions, lies, role-playing, crises of confidence and sexual confusion abounding, Dates is a series of intimate and dramatic two (or maybe sometimes three) handers telling the story of a date and, as their individual stories begin to intertwine and unfold, the people who meet on it.

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Mia & David

#1 - Mia & David

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 10, 2013

David is a lorry driver from Yorkshire making his first foray into online dating. When he meets Mia, a beautiful unknowable siren, he quickly realises that he might have bitten off more than he can chew.

star 7.40
247 votes
Directors: John Maybury
Writers: Bryan Elsley
Erica and Callum

#2 - Erica and Callum

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 25, 2013

Coming out to her brother hasn't gone well for Erica. He has reacted by setting her up on an internet date with garrulous, unmarriable Scotsman Callum. The date starts badly and quickly becomes disastrous, but somehow a weird kinship emerges.

star 7.33
139 votes
Erica and Kate

#3 - Erica and Kate

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 18, 2013

Erica is a young lesbian who can't pluck up the courage to tell her traditional Chinese family who she really is. But when she meets enigmatic Kate, she realises she can't hide forever.

star 7.23
143 votes
Writers: Jamie Chan
Mia and David

#4 - Mia and David

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 6, 2015

Mia feels stuck in the difficult position of actually being in a relationship with David. As she is about to meet his children for the first time, events take an awkward turn and she is forced to finally confront the gap in her life which she is attempting to fill.

star 7.18
127 votes
David and Ellie

#5 - David and Ellie

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 19, 2013

David is trying to put Mia behind him, but meeting Ellie is not the solution he's looking for. She's far too young, honest and insightful, and has some truths to tell he'd rather not hear.

star 7.07
137 votes
Directors: Sarah Walker
Jenny and Christian

#6 - Jenny and Christian

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 2, 2013

Jenny has decided to give online dating one last try. After she meets Christian it looks like her prayers have been answered.

star 6.98
121 votes
Mia and Stephen

#7 - Mia and Stephen

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 12, 2013

Mia is putting herself around town. Stephen is a disenchanted surgeon with a surfeit of self-regard who doesn't know what he is looking for. When Mia gets under his skin, he realises that there might be more to himself than good looks and a high-flying career.

star 6.95
174 votes
Directors: John Maybury
Writers: Ben Schiffer
Stephen and Mia

#8 - Stephen and Mia

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 26, 2013

Stephen is waiting for Mia to turn up for a naughty afternoon in a London hotel but soon begins to wonder if he's been stood up.

star 6.88
125 votes
Jenny and Nick

#9 - Jenny and Nick

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 11, 2013

Jenny is a lonely primary school teacher recovering from a disastrous broken relationship. Nick is a city boy richly endowed with both cash and secrets. On their first date they find out everything there is to know about each other, and knowing everything can be a dangerous and unpredictable business.

star 6.59
178 votes
Writers: Nancy Harris