Tuesday 27 September 2016

First Dates' pair Brian and Mary end their night on awkward note with sassy bill spat

It wasn't to be but they made us laugh

Sasha Brady

Published 30/08/2016 | 09:54

Brian and Mary on First Dates. Photo: Channel 4
Brian and Mary on First Dates. Photo: Channel 4
Brian listens intently to one of Mary's tales on First Dates. Photo: Channel 4
First Dates' Mary is NOT impressed. Photo: Channel 4

It was all going so well for Brian and Mary until the bill arrived.

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The Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall dating show delivered a real treat last night in the form of Brian and Mary and their short-lived banter.

The pair in their sixties were both from the same town of St Helen (not too far from Liverpool) and spent a good few minutes tackling the linguistic Merseyside debates of how to pronounce the word book.

Brian insisted it should be "bewk", while Mary strongly disagreed.

Brian listens intently to one of Mary's tales on First Dates. Photo: Channel 4
Brian listens intently to one of Mary's tales on First Dates. Photo: Channel 4

Both also had their hearts broken in the past.

For Mary (67), the heartache came at the end of her 24-year marriage. "He divorced me for unreasonable behaviour," she said of her ex-husband.

"It was very unreasonable of me to find out he was s***ing someone else".

She then proceeded to tell Brian about a fleeting encounter she enjoyed in the past: "I once had a chap who had a yacht, but I don't think he wanted a commitment, and I'm not too water-friendly at the best of times."

They seemed to be getting along so well until the bill came.

When the cheque landed on the table it was clear that Mary was expecting Brian to cover the costs.

First Dates' Mary is NOT impressed. Photo: Channel 4
First Dates' Mary is NOT impressed. Photo: Channel 4

The fumbling pensioner dug his hands into his pockets before clearing his throat and saying nothing.

Mary was not impressed as she reluctantly agreed to split it and told the cameras afterwards that she'd never been expected to pay for a date before.

"Not to offer and say 'I'll pay' and then wait for me to say 'we'll go halves'... I was absolutely fuming," said Mary.

Poor Brian looked very uncomfortable but stuck to his guns as he remarked: "When you meet somebody you should always go halves. That's my opinion."

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