Jun 22 , 2020

Masterclass: The making of Channel 4’s First Dates with Neil Rubinstein and Gilly Goshawk

  • When: 22 Jun 2020, 17:00-18:00
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

The making of... is a strand of masterclasses that goes behind the scenes of some of Britain’s most popular and critically acclaimed tv series. Key production personnel will discuss the mechanics of making the series plus some of the challenges they had to face along the way. Time will be allowed for audience questions, so you will get to ask the makers of some of your favourite programmes exactly how they did it.

This session looks at the making of Channel 4’s First Dates with Neil Rubinstein and Gilly Goshawk.


Neil Rubinstein is the series editor of First Dates at Twenty Twenty TV. He started his love affair with the show as a producer/director in 2015 and has struggled to part ways with it ever since. Neil has worked across many other Channel 4 series including The Island with Bear Grylls, The Job Interview and Jewish Mum of the Year.

Gilly Goshawk is a senior producer director with over 30 years’ experience in factual and factual entertainment and she’s worked on some of the most popular series on TV. She’s worked on multiple series of First Dates and First Dates Hotel and has been responsible for making love happen on numerous occasions! She was nominated for Best Director, Constructed Documentary at the prestigious Grierson Awards for First Dates. And was part of the team that won a Grierson two years later for First Dates Hotel.

Gilly was at the BBC for 10 years at the BBC in Specialist Factual, where she made an award-winning series about brain surgery and returned recently to make another award-winner, Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes? Highlights of her career include early series of The Apprentice (BBC1), Bake Off (BBC1) and The Island with Bear Grylls (CH4).

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact support@screenskills.com so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.