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Blind Date start date confirmed: New series is back on Saturday, June 17

Blind Date air date revealed by Channel 5

Channel 5 has confirmed the start date for Blind Date 2017 for Saturday, June 17.

The first episode in the revived series will air from 7PM on Channel 5.

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

A previously revealed trailer for Channel 5's Blind Date provided a nostalgic look back 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 earlier this year. “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".

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.

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"We've moved on now, haven't we?" Paul explained. "We've gone big time for diversity because look at the world we live in, it's as it should be."

Blind Date starts on Saturday, June 17 at 7PM on Channel 5.

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