FORGET Love Island, First Dates and Take Me Out – before Paddy McGuinness was a household name, Saturday night dating was all about the legendary Cilla Black.
Blind Date returned last year with Paul O’Grady at the helm after a 13-year hiatus. Here’s everything you need to know about the show…
Channel 5 Paul O’Grady returns as the host of Blind Date
When is Blind Date on TV?
Blind Date series two starts on Saturday, June 16, at 8:30 pm.
The show’s first series failed to create any lasting matches and producers hope to sex up the format by sending couples on glam foreign holidays.
Commissioning editor Sean Doyle exclusively told The Sun: “The only thing missing last year was love. I think personally the dates were a bit short.
“In series two we are trying to find love. The format is still in safe hands but it is slightly grubbier now.”
Rex Features Blind Date was the original Saturday night dating show – and it ran for 18 years, until host Cilla Black quit
Who is presenter Paul O’Grady?
Paul returns as the presenter of Blind Date, after inheriting the role from the late original presenter Cilla Black.
Paul was Cilla’s best friend and was so close to the late Scouser he delivered the eulogy at her funeral.
The legendary British presenter Cilla passed away in August 2015, having suffered a stroke following a fall in her Spanish villa.
He said before series one: “Blind Date is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers.
“I am honoured to present the brand new series and after speaking to Channel 5, I know the series is in safe hands.
“I can’t wait to see if we can find love.”
Cilla quit in 2003 after ratings of the show, which ran for 373 episodes, fell to less than 3 million viewers.
Paul, 63, is widely renowned for his TV work including stints on Blankety Blank, The Paul O’Grady show and most recently For the Love of Dogs.
Getty Images – WireImage Paul and late original host Cilla Black were close friends