The insider added: "In an age of Tinder, you have got to earn the right to love on this show." So Television – the company behind The Graham Norton Show – and Stellify Media – a company part-owned by Sony Pictures Television – will produce the new series, which Channel 5 bosses hope emulates the success of its predecessor while still appealing to "a new generation of viewers".Interestingly, the new episodes will reportedly air on a Friday night.Ben Frow, Director of Programmes for Channel 5, said: “The reaction to the news that Blind Date is returning has been phenomenal and demonstrated the depth of love and affection for the nation’s favourite dating show.“Paul is the perfect choice to bridge the old and the new, capturing the essence and charm of a series that became staple Saturday night family viewing in living rooms up and down country, whilst attracting and appealing to a whole new generation of TV viewers.” The upcoming season will be the first to feature LGBT contestants.“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.” O’Grady and Black were famously close, and he delivered an emotional eulogy at her funeral.Born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on the 27th May 1943, she grew up in a musically oriented household in one of the toughest parts of Liverpool.
It was announced last month that a revival of the show is planned without its iconic host, with Graham Norton’s production company So Television set to bring it back for a new run on Channel 5.It’s just been so long since I did a show in a studio,” he said. I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t do it to save my life! “Maybe Blind Date will help people to go back to going out and trying to meet people in clubs and bars.He says the show’s format will be very similar to the original version and will feature genuine contestants earnestly looking for a relationship, rather than just another opportunity to boost their public profile. I didn’t want to go all high-tech or with half-naked contestants with all the tans and botox… They will see how dating used to be and might encourage them to get out and meet people the traditional way.” One innovation is that the show will feature LGBT contestants.There is fierce competition in the dating game category thanks to ITV's Take Me Out, fronted by Paddy Mc Guinness, and Meet The Parents, hosted by Holly Willoughby.Although Channel 5 has yet to officially announce a host, the Sun reports that Vicky Pattison is the current favourite. and has been a regular panellist on Loose Women since early 2016.