Revived Blind Date series set to feature LGBT couples

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The new series of Blind Date on Channel 5 is set to feature LGBT couples.

It was announced last week that Paul O'Grady would replace late pal Cilla Black on the show which is returning to TV over a decade since it last aired on ITV.

Paul said: "Blind Date is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers throughout the land.

"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."

It was previously said that the revived run will undergo a revamp 'for the Tinder generation'.

"Blind Date is the original dating show and it’s huge news to bring it back," a source told The Sun previously. "It’s a classic format that will be rebooted to make it young, sexy and modern. Expect sparks to fly.

“In an age of Tinder, you have got to earn the right to love on this show.”

Paul has since teased that we could expect to see LGBT couples looking for love, telling the Daily Mirror: “The modern twist is it’s going to have a bit of diversity, which is brilliant.”

Meanwhile, Paul revealed that Cilla's memory will be carried on in the new series.

He said: “It’s not something I just watched on telly. I knew how it worked because she spoke about it so often and so fondly. I heard all the backstage stories.”

Paul added: “We’ll make references to Cilla because it was her show and to ignore her and say ‘Welcome to Blind Date’ as if it was new would be silly. Especially for me, we were so close. She’ll be hovering around, put it that way.”

Blind Date is expected to air in the summer on Channel 5.

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