New Blind Date will include same sex couples and OAPs as it goes 'big for diversity'

Paul O'Grady

The revived series of Blind Date is going 'big for diversity', host Paul O'Grady has said.

The new show will include same sex couples and OAPs as the series offers to find love for anyone who's single.

"We've moved on now, haven't we?" Paul explained this week.

He told heat magazine of inviting same-sex couples to apply: "I didn't even have to fight for that, they were all for it."

And Paul continued: "We've got the over-seventies, too. You name it, we've got it.

"We've gone big time for diversity because look at the world we live in, it's as it should be."

It was announced earlier this year that Paul 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."

However he's previously admitted that he first said no when asked to front the revived series.

"When they asked me I said no, because it’s so firmly associated with Cilla," he told the Daily Mirror newspaper. “Then I had a think and I had a mental image of her sitting on the couch with a glass of champagne, screaming with laughter.

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“The producers said it felt like a natural progression and her son Robert said she’d be over the moon, so I said ‘Yeah, go on, I’ll do it’.”

Paul went on to say he wasn't planning to "mess" with the programme and intends to show the series "respect".

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

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