Short summary

A dating series in which members of the public choose from three contestants for a blind date on the basis of answers to questions posed by them.

Actress Amanda Holden and TV presenters Jenni Falconer and Mark Speight were all contestants on Blind Date (1985) before they were famous.

The show was on one occasion infiltrated by a female journalist who went on to write an expose.

The series only featured heterosexual men and women during its original run with Cilla Black as host. In 2017, when it returned with Paul O'Grady as host, it caught up with political correctness and started to feature gay couples as well.

User reviews

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    • Author: Nern
    The outline: one contestant has to choose between three, unseen-to-whom members of the opposite sex, their only help being the answers to three questions asked by them to them (capped off by a recap by 'Our Graham'). The resulting 'couple' are then off for a holiday (anywhere from Alton Towers to the Seychelles), having picked a card from one of several (although, typically, the guy acts like the perfect gentleman, allowing the girl to pick). A week on, and they return, complete with footage of their holiday, and their verdict on one another.

    Obviously fixed show. Gullible viewers believe that the guy/girl choosing asks three questions of his/her own choice, to which the three hopefuls of the opposite sex reply with their own responses. The more cynical viewer, however, will surely realize that the contestants rarely fail to offer a witty, intelligent reply with remarkable spontaneity, despite often looking a sandwich short of a picnic.

    Contestants are usually selected for their good looks, although a contestant (usually a guy) considerably less blessed in the looks department than the other two will, on occasion, be selected; presumably for entertainment value.

    It could well be that the contestants haven't met the member/s of the opposite sex before the show is filmed, but they've certainly been informed as to the questions and the 'correct' responses to which. It also, as the other poster hinted, is a tad suspicious when at least one of the hopefuls displays a characteristic/trait that the girl/guy choosing states as one of their pet hates. All very amusing and entertaining (if you've a mental age lower than five, and hence lack the intelligence to see through).

    Invariably, also, the 'happy' couple tend not to get on too well, with the girl in particular usually complaining about one or several of the guy's habits, upon their return. I believe that only ever one couple has been made through the show (a pair that got married).

    Still: it could be worse, and it's harmless; probably appeals to morons, though.
  • comment
    • Author: Jieylau
    Cilla Black, now with a better dress sence (no more cheesy checkered suits!) hosts a show where a man/woman chooses a partner out of three people and they go on holiday. The thing is, they've never met and the questions are usually really stupid and how you can find the love of your life through these three questions is daft. The following week, the couple come back. Will they get together? Probably not!

    However, it's cosy, easy to watch, funny programming. And Cilla seems the perfect scouse-matchmaker (even though we don't know what one of them is). Good TV never to end.

    So if you're single and up 4 a laugh, go on BLIND DER-DATE with your host Miss Cilla Black!
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    • Author: Scream_I LOVE YOU
    The show that will forever be linked with Cilla Black this was the first TV dating show that all others aspire to be like.

    With its dodgy pick up lines, and cheesy catchphrases Cilla Black ruled Saturday night TV for years with this show, and quite rightly show.

    Yes, perhaps it was past its best towards the end of its run, but everything has its time, and fairplay to Black for announcing live on air that she was quitting.

    It's been revived recently, but for many it will be associated with Black.
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    • Author: tref
    I really don't know why people in the previous comments are giving this show so much stick it was harmless Saturday night fun with a host who was pretty , epic she always loved her fans and showed it.

    So Basically guy sits on chair asks 2 girls question and pick his date same with a girl 3 question picks date, based on there answers to the questions asked some of the answers where scripted to take out some really dirty innuendos but this happens with all TV show, and if someone messes there reply of course they will have to do a retake.

    Harmless Fun from a Manchaster lass I would of loved Margic Clark to take over though.
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    • Author: Aradwyn
    In 1985, Blind Date was born and became hugely popular throughout the entire nation but from the late 90s it was getting dangerously out of date, I personally loved it wondering how "last week's contestants got on", listening to Cilla Black's loud, cheerful, harsh-on-the-ears voice but all things need a stop and BLIND DATE stopped long after it needed to for the sake of its popularity or else, why would there have been people who already had partners, or people who were already engaged or possibly married or people who already knew each other that went on the show?! Everything was going wrong - after over ten years of single boys/girls who wanted a partner desperately! I was very sad when I heard in the New Year of 2003 the show would stop in the near future. It stopped because Cilla Black (born in 1942) was getting on and was getting bored of presenting it. I hoped that she'd reconsider but now, as I am a lot older and wiser, I personally don't blame her! Her own life at that time was tragic and all the rowing, playing away and unsuccessful dates between the contestants were probably getting on her nerves - Well done, Cilla! So, there are many reasons why it was long past its sell-by-date:

    1. To start with, the dates turned out the way Cilla Black had intended them to be - romantic, one single man/woman finally meeting the one they love but ever since about 1998/1999/2000 a hell of a lot of people went on that show just to get their 15 minutes of fame and their poor chosen dates were left heartbroken. 2. The dates usually turned out to be nothing but disasters leading to major rows! It looked like a chat show where unhappy people argue. 3. The couples who never got on used to play games on each other and have affairs with other people, who were usually natives. 4. All these things must've been heartbreaking and actually unhealthy for the contestants, let alone Cilla who was in her 60s at the time of "Blind Date"'s permanent end.

    I did like sitting in the lounge on a Saturday night with a takeaway and watch this fun-filled, but somewhat stale game show hosted by the legendary Saturday night hostess. Well, nothing lasts forever - it can't last forever, even TV Programs. R.I.P Blind Date!
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    • Author: Utchanat
    Everything that's bad about TV. And the public too. A dulled-up bint will walk down the steps & say to Cilla "If there's one thing I hate it's Mummys boys, men who wear Orange and ... erm, blokes who eat banana's" or something stupid like that. Cue three gormless blokes to be led out on stage and yep, you got it, one's a Mummys boy, one's in an orange suit & the other one's got a bunch of bananas in his hand.

    One poor sod who was a contestant a few years back was crucified by the show & the media as he went on a supposedly singles show but had a girlfriend. I know of at least half a dozen people who've been daft enough to go on Blind Date, every one of which was in a relationship at the time.

    It's well past what sell by date it ever had.
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    • Author: YSOP
    I did enjoy watching BLIND DATE when it first broadcast in the mid 80s . In fact it was often a topic of conversation between my work mates and myself on a Monday morning: " Hey see Blind Date on Saturday ? See that guy that bird got ? what a geek " But I very quickly ended up hating the show . It`s painfully obvious that the questions and answers are written in advance and are delivered without any conviction : " What-job-would-I-like?- I-would-like-to-be-a-mechanic-so-I-could-service-your-body-work "

    At the end of last year presenter Cilla Black announced on the show that she would be leaving . I`m sure many millions of viewers left the show round about 1990
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    • Author: Jare
    This was one of the only okay things to watch on a Saturday night, then they obviously brought Ant and Dec along which changed everything and I never watched this after that. When I did watch Blind Date it was okay. The only thing I wasn't a big fan of was obviously Cilla Black as the host. Not just because of the surgery she's had on her mouth, but just her being all happy and too cheerful. I did kind of like seeing some of the dates, especially some of the fit or attractive women that were either the dates or the ones being dated. Hardly any of the Blind Dates went well, in fact, none of them did. The worst one was the girl that didn't go on the holiday! Amanda Holden made her first TV appearance, as a contestant. Cilla Black was number 36 on TV's 50 Greatest Stars, the programme was number 35 on ITV: 50 Greatest Shows, and number 77 on The 100 Greatest TV Programmes. Good!
  • Series cast summary:
    Cilla Black Cilla Black - Herself - Presenter 374 episodes, 1985-2003
    Graham Skidmore Graham Skidmore - Himself - Announcer 348 episodes, 1985-2002
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