Featuring a medley of guests all looking for love - from straight talking Bolton septuagenarian Marie and 87 year old exercise fanatic Bernard to Sloane blonde bombshell Abbey and her quest to date a boy outside of the Chelsea set – the hotel is filled to the brim with hopeful lovers looking for "The One". All under the watchful eye of Fred's brand new Italian team - assistant manager Francesca, receptionist Michela and handsome Italian stallion waiter Francesco.
Among the potpourri of guests enjoying the Neapolitan sun is 87 year old Bernard, a keen fitness fanatic looking for a partner who shares his zest for life. First up though, is the resolution to last week's dramatic love triangle. Charlie's midway through his date with Jada and she's proving to be stiff competition. With Jada at the table and Kaylee waiting in the wings which Juliet is going to win this Romeo's heart? Kaylee's confidant as she waits is posh totty, and fellow guest, Abbey who checked in desperately seeking a boy outside of her usual Chelsea set.
With his shades, sculpted six-pack and stylish man-bag 36 year old Darill is the epitome of 'Daddy Cool'. Also looking for a little chemistry is school science technician 44 year old Esther. And last but by no means least there's Marie, a retired psychic from Bolton who is keen to make friends with anyone and everyone at the hotel. She may be a master of the tarot cards but her ideal man is someone no-one could have predicted - a treat not too be missed.
We've seen her mingling poolside, 'enjoying the views', and giving impromptu tarot readings to guests and staff alike but now it's Bolton retiree Marie's big day as she meets her dream man – 57-year-old Rastafarian poet Devon. 21-year-old army technician Janine is on a mission to recruit a boyfriend but not before putting Maitre D Fred through his paces with some poolside push-ups. Adopted as a child, Janine's looking for someone to start her own family with. And setting hearts aflutter around the pool is muscly 26 year old farmer Griff.
After his first date crashed and burned last week, chicken farmer Griff is hoping it'll be second time lucky with new match Emily, and help is at hand for this hapless romantic with some guidance from fellow guests and 'dahlings' of the Hotel Jo and Sara. Jetting in all the way from Glasgow is Bingo Caller Nick, a 24-year-old pansexual looking for someone to bond with. And luck be a lady tonight! Yes things are about to get spooky as the hotel welcomes lottery winner and keen ghost hunter 48-year-old Sharon from Manchester. She's looking for a man's man and as an ex beer and wine merchant paramedic, Andy, certainly looks like he may fit the bill.
If going on a blind date in a foreign country isn't nerve-wracking enough imagine your luggage (including date outfit) getting lost en route! Luckily youth worker Tom isn't going to let this small mishap put him off his stride. With a little help from Sam the waiter he's all set for his date with 23 year old dancer Francesca, decked out... in his very own waiter uniform. She's looking for a reformed bad boy that she can take back to meet her Italian father, so the pressure's on to impress. After spending the past few days indulging in the hotel's five star luxury the big day has finally arrived for International DJ Jo and her best friend fashionista Sara. Can widower Dave and DJ Andy cut the mustard or will the feisty female friends prove too hot to handle?
As the summer season of love kicks off, an eclectic mix of guests mingle by the pool anxiously waiting to meet their match, chief amongst them tattooed policewoman Emma. When it comes to love, this glamour puss divorcee can barely get arrested. After a painful marriage left her a shadow of her former self she's tasked Fred with finding her "Viking", a gentle giant she can grow old with. Getting ready for take-off is flight attendant Andrew. After the tragic suicide of his husband he's finally ready to find love in Italy. His match, fellow Bristolian David, a 5 foot 5 pocket rocket with a lust for life and a thirst for fine Italian wines. Essex car saleswoman Chloe is getting revved up to close the most important deal of her life, a hot date with railway engineer, and "salty potato" Jem.
Sweating in the shade is ginger pie seller Paul. His potential paramour is blonde doggie day care worker Kimmy, a salt of the earth bombshell who is tired of having her heart broken. After the breakdown of her 17 year marriage, property mogul Michelle is looking to build the foundation for a new relationship with investment manager and ex-army man Rudy. On paper it's a perfect match. The only problem, man of mystery Rudy is determined to maintain his own inimitable mystique. Checking into the First Dates Hotel for some much needed r and r is London lady Lauren, a recent breast cancer survivor whose forever falling for guys who just want to be friends. As she nervously waits to meet her man, little does she know, she's about to have the shock of her life.
After last week's shock revelation that blind daters Lauren and Pat are friends from back home, the soap opera continues this week as Lauren sets out to win Pat's heart. Bow tie firmly tied, dapper Essex farmer George is looking for a wife. Having ploughed a lonely furrow for the last five years, he's seeking a lady who's unafraid of getting dirty down on the farm. More than up for the challenge is agricultural surveyor and farmer-phile Louise who, at the age of 27, has never had a boyfriend. Glam granny Ros believes that most men her age are either "married... or dead". A widowed charity shop worker from Wales, she's searching for a man to inject a bit of va va voom in the bedroom. Ready for Ros's inspection is ex-Navy sergeant Adrian.
For most daters a holiday in the Italian sun is the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind ... but not for perfectionist Sophie. Checking in with a list of requirements as long as her arm, she has an ideal man in mind and lo and behold anyone who doesn't measure up. Plasterer Ryland has spent the last two years recovering from cocaine addiction. Now happy and healthy, this footy mad lad would happily choose love over Spurs winning the league. Taking centre-field in his search for "the One" is West Ham fan Amanda, a no-nonsense barmaid searching for her diamond in the rough. Estate agent Ruth is a saucepot at heart but has been 25 years single. Her search for an "arty" man who can keep up with her fast-living lifestyle has so far proved fruitless. Enter flamboyant artist Martin..
Kicking off another day of Mediterranean match making is plucky mummy's boy Ash, a wannabe singer whose love life needs a little fine tuning. Ready for a good old wooing is Rachel, a receptionist who's looking for a boy to bring home to her mother. Getting ready for her date with destiny is secretary Sharon. After the shocking death of her soul mate she's finally ready to meet someone she can share her life with. Fitting the bill is king of the forecourt Kenny "Cars", an Essex car salesman with the gift of the gab. And say bonjourno to bearded yoga fanatic Shane. Now on the wrong side of forty, he's been single for 15 years. His date is Italian Aussie Roberto, a theatre designer whose leading man has so far failed to enter his spotlight.
Othello is looking for his very own Desdemona. He used to have "all the game" but since losing his hair his mojo has gone AWOL. It's up to removal coordinator Juliet to relight his fire. Married to a woman for 25 years, ex Dean of Rochester Mark gave up the church when he fell in love with a man. New to the world of gay dating, he's looking for someone who can show him the way. Providing this guiding light is philanthropist Balwant. Growing up, content manager Georgie was the ultimate ugly duckling. Now a red haired beauty, she has tasked Fred with finding her a "hot nerd". Rounding off the series, 68 year old divorcee Ruth is back after her disastrous first date two weeks ago. This time, she wants a real man. The task of sweeping her off her feet falls to Twickenham-based Casanova, Brian.