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Channel 4 has announced an all-star cast for new drama Dates.

The 9-part series - first announced in September - is from Skins creator Bryan Elsley and will focus on the complexities of modern relationships, with each episode focusing on a different date.



[Left: Andrew Scott in 'Sherlock' / Right: Katie McGrath in 'Merlin']

Sherlock's Andrew Scott and Merlin star Katie McGrath are among the actors to have signed up for the half-hour series.

Fresh Meat actor Greg McHugh, White Van Man's Will Mellor and Mrs Biggs star Sheridan Smith will also appear in Dates, which is currently filming in London.

Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line), Neil Maskell (Utopia), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Gemma Chan (Secret Diary of A Call Girl), Montana Thompson (The Story of Tracey Beaker) and Sian Breckin (Tyrannosaur) make up the rest of the cast.

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