Blind Date: First look at Paul O'Grady hosting new Channel 5 series

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Channel 5 has revealed a first look at their revived series of Blind Date.

A first trailer has been unveiled ahead of the show starting on the channel later this summer.


Previously hosted by the late Cilla Black, Paul O'Grady will front the revamped show which last aired on ITV back in 2003.

Channel 5's Blind Date trailer is a nostalgic reflection on dating before the days of Tinder.

"Back then there was cheesy chat up lines and a lot of laughs, back then there was Blind Date," the clip teases.

Host Paul O'Grady 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.


“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".

However one change will see the new series going 'big for diversity'.

Channel 5's Blind Date 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."

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

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