but it was eventually hosted by Cilla Black, who already hosted the LWT series, Surprise Surprise.
Blind Date originally ran on Saturday nights from 30 November 1985 to on ITV. The new series began airing on 17 June 2017 in its usual Saturday night slot and is produced by So Television and Stellify Media, a firm part-owned by Sony Pictures Television.
Black was responsible for ITV shifting its football programme, The Premiership, to make way for the new series in a prime-time slot.
The broadcaster reportedly gave in to Black's ultimatum "move the Premiership football programme or I quit".
Comedian Patrick Kielty and TV presenter Kate Thornton acted as hosts for the show which featured Dame Edna Everage, Roger Moore, Richard E. It returned again on 16 October 2013 to celebrate Black's 50-year career in the entertainment industry.
This special one-off was part of another programme, The One and Only Cilla Black, presented by Paul O'Grady.
The show won the Lew Grade Award at the British Academy Television Awards in 1995.
The first episode of Series 17, on 10 November 2001, was reportedly watched at GMT by seven million viewers – 32% of the audience.
Did you notice how Cilla made huge points about how good people looked, when ironically the contestants couldn't actually see each other?At the height of its popularity in the 1980s, 18.2 million tuned in on a Saturday night.Black's scouse accent and her catchphrases became familiar throughout the United Kingdom.Made up example: Questioner: "I really like crisps.If you were a crisp flavour, which one would you be? And have sex." And so it went on for two more questions.After two pilots starring Black, the series was commissioned.The distinctive theme music for Blind Date has a strong resemblance to the jazz standard "Soft Winds" and was composed by Laurie Holloway.Locations ranged from Bognor Regis or a date in an ice cream factory, to Anguilla or the Maldives.In the final series (2002–03), the format was tweaked; the "Ditch or Date? In 2003, the show was broadcast live to try to improve dwindling ratings. , was shot in early 1985 and fronted by comedian Duncan Norvelle.Her date was later brought back on a different episode and offered a second chance, but as the one choosing from the three girls (as well as going on the holiday to Nepal by himself).Duncan Norvelle (non-broadcast pilot, as It's a Hoot!