The hosts of the program “Love at first sight” Alla Volkova and Boris Kryuk with the participants of the show, 1990s.
The show “Love at first sight” was the first project in the history of our country, which was filmed under a foreign license. The premiere of the first release of the Russian adaptation of the British television program “Love at first sight” took place in early 1991. The “Iron Curtain” collapsed, and a stream of foreign films and all kinds of TV shows poured into our country.
The authors of the domestic version of the competition, in which three guys and three girls answered the questions of the hosts about each other and passed interactive tests in the fight for the main prize – a romantic trip, approached the matter with great enthusiasm. As a result, millions of viewers of all ages gathered at the TVs during the broadcast of “Love at First Sight”. Young people dreamed of taking part in the filming, and older people watched what was happening on the screen with great interest and sincerely worried about the newly-made couples. At that time there were no social networks and dating sites, so participating in a romantic show was a real opportunity for its participant to meet their love. The filming of the first episodes of the program took place in London, as domestic television people had no experience in creating shows of this kind. British experts were happy to share with their Russian colleagues all the knowledge about working on the set during the production of a romantic program.
Boris Kryuk, the stepson of the Soviet and Russian television star Vladimir Voroshilov, and Alla Volkova, an English teacher, were appointed hosts of the Love at First Sight show. The shooting of each program took place according to the script, but the presenters had to improvise a lot to make the show more soulful and alive.
Fans of the show still remember this magnificent tandem with great warmth – there was no vulgarity and sarcasm in the manner of their communication with the participants and viewers. Boris Kryuk was always an intelligent person with a subtle sense of humor, which helped him more than once while working on the project. Alla Volkova prepared very scrupulously for the filming of each episode of the show – she studied books on psychology and attended special courses where teachers talked about a scientific approach to people’s love relationships, and her elegant outfits and hairstyles delighted viewers.