Blind Date (British game show)

Blind Date is a British dating game show first produced by London Weekend Television. An unscreened pilot was made with comic Duncan Norvelle as presenter[1] 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 31 May 2003 on ITV.

Blind Date
GenreDating game show
Presented byCilla Black (1985–2003)
Paul O'Grady (2017–19)
Voices ofGraham Skidmore (1985–2002)
Tommy Sandhu (2002–03)
Melanie Sykes (2017–19)
Theme music composerLaurie Holloway
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series19
No. of episodes375 (inc. 9 specials) (list of episodes)
Production
Production locationsThe London Studios (1985–2003, 2017–18)
Television Centre (2018)
Maidstone Studios (2019)
Running time45 minutes (1985–88)
50 minutes (1989–90)
60 minutes (1990–2003, 2017–19)
Production companiesLWT (1985–2003)
So Television, Olga TV and Stellify Media (2017–19)
DistributorITV Studios
Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original networkITV (1985–2003)
Channel 5 (2017–19)
Picture format4:3 (1985–2001)
16:9 (2001–03, 2017–19)
Original releaseOriginal series:
30 November 1985 (1985-11-30) – 31 May 2003 (2003-05-31)
Revived series:
17 June 2017 (2017-06-17) 
16 June 2019 (2019-06-16)
Chronology
Related showsBlind Date: Kiss & Tell
Love on a Saturday Night
Take Me Out
The Love Machine

The show returned in 2017 on Channel 5. 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.[2] Paul O'Grady presents the revived series.[3] Melanie Sykes became the new voice of the show, taking over the role most famously held by Graham Skidmore in the original series.[4]