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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, Olga TV and Stellify Media, a firm part-owned by Sony Pictures Television.

The couple then picked an envelope naming their destination.

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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.

This was around a million fewer than tuned in to its debut episode in the previous series.

This was likely to state that its popularity was on the wane.

However, ITV briefly aired a similar replacement show in 2004 hosted by Davina Mc Call, called Love on a Saturday Night and since 2010, Take Me Out, hosted by Paddy Mc Guinness which is still airing.

Blind Date returned on , as part of ITV's coverage of a concert held outside the Tower of London to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the charity The Prince's Trust.

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".

John Birt, LWT's director of programmes, and the IBA regulatory body had reservations about Norvelle's camp style.

Black had seen The Dating Game in the US and enthused about it to LWT's Alan Boyd, who produced Surprise, Surprise and who made the Norvelle pilot.

The show had a format similar to the show known in Australia as Perfect Match or in the US as The Dating Game.

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