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Blind Date (UK)
Format Dating
Starring Cilla Black
Narrated by Graham Skidmore
(1985 - 2002)
Tommy Sandhu
(2002 - 2003)
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of series 18
No. of episodes 356
Production
Producer(s) London Weekend Television
Running time 60mins (inc. comms)
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3
(1985 - 2001)
16:9
(2001 - 2003)
Original run 30 November 1985 – 31 May 2003
Chronology
Related shows Blind Date (US version)

Blind Date is a British dating game show produced by ITV contractor London Weekend Television. Although an unscreened pilot was made with comic Duncan Norvelle as presenter,[1] it was eventually hosted by Cilla Black, who already hosted the successful LWT series Surprise, Surprise, and ran from 30 November 1985 to 31 May 2003.

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Format

The show had a format similar to the TV show known in Australia as Perfect Match or in the US as The Dating Game. Three singles of the same sex were introduced to the audience. They were then asked questions by a single of the opposite sex, who could hear but not see them, in order to choose which one he or she would prefer to go on a date with. Before making a final decision the mysterious 'Graham' (replaced on the final series of the show by Tommy Sandhu), who was never seen, would give an amusing reminder of each of the contestants. When he or she made a choice, and been introduced, the couple would then get to randomly choose where they would go on the date (though in fact the "random choice" was fixed, as all of the envelopes offered to the contestants contained the same destination). The following episode then showed the film of the couple as they went on their date, and interviews with them about the date and about each other. This version was aimed at a family audience. The locations for the date ranged greatly, from Bognor Regis, or a date in an ice cream factory as a typical example, to exotic locations such as Anguila or the Maldives. Part of the process was watching the anticipation and reaction of the contestants when their date was announced.

Production

A first pilot was shot in early 1985 fronted by comedian Duncan Norvelle. It was reported that both John Birt, LWT's Director of Programmes and the IBA regulatory body had reservations about Norvelle's camp style in a dating show. Meanwhile, Cilla Black had seen The Dating Game in the US and enthused about it to LWT's Alan Boyd, who produced her Surprise, Surprise series and who had made the Norvelle pilot. After two more pilots starring Cilla, the series was commissioned.[1]

Popularity

At the height of its popularity in the 1980s, 18.2 million viewers tuned in on a Saturday night. Cilla's Scouse accent and her variety of catchphrases soon became familiar throughout the UK.

Cancellation

The series ended in 2003 when, during the first episode of the series - the first in the show's history to be broadcast live - Cilla Black announced she was quitting the show. The production crew had not even been told this prior to the show themselves. Production of the show was halted after the series ended; Trisha Goddard, Dale Winton, Paul O'Grady, Ant and Dec, Claire Sweeney and Jerry Springer were all rumoured to be in line for her replacement, but subsequently, the show was cancelled, as it was felt that Cilla was irreplaceable as the show's host, having hosted it from its inception and having made it her own. However, the station then briefly aired a similar show hosted by Davina McCall, called Love on a Saturday Night.

Famous contestants

Blind Date has featured a number of celebrities who appeared on the show before they became well-known. These include actress Amanda Holden (appeared in 1990), singer Claudia Patrice (1990), children's TV presenter Ortis Deley (1995), breakfast television presenter Jenni Falconer (1994), MP Gary Waller (1985) and Stuart Dean, drummer with The Capers (2001). There was also a Comic Relief special in 1993 where Mr. Bean goes on the show. The sketch featured Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean, Barbara Durkin as Tracy, Mr. Bean's date and Cilla herself. The skit also featured Alan Cumming in one of his earliest on-screen acting roles as Contestant #2.

Transmissions

Series Start date End date Episodes
1
30 November 1985
11 January 1986
7
2
30 August 1986
6 December 1986
15
3
5 September 1987
26 December 1987
17
4
3 September 1988
24 December 1988
17
5
16 September 1989
27 January 1990
20
6
29 September 1990
16 February 1991
19
7
7 September 1991
11 January 1992
19
8
10 October 1992
27 February 1993
21
9
18 September 1993
15 January 1994
18
10
1 October 1994
25 February 1995
22
11
16 September 1995
24 February 1996
24
12
28 September 1996
8 March 1997
24
13
13 September 1997
14 March 1998
26
14
14 November 1998
15 May 1999
24
15
13 November 1999
13 May 2000
24
16
11 November 2000
12 May 2001
24
17
10 November 2001
1 June 2002
21
18
12 October 2002
31 May 2003
26

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