She appeared as a judge on ITV reality series Soapstar Superstar and also guest hosted The Friday Night Project with Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins.but it was eventually hosted by Cilla Black, who already hosted the LWT series, Surprise Surprise.And 28 years later, Geoff reappeared to celebrate the career of Cilla Black in a show hosted by Paul O'Grady.8.The only guy to win TWO dates Cheeky Jon Wiltshire turned up in 1996 with a rather impressive leather hat, winning a date in the process.
If the new version can capture just a smidge of this kind of TV gold, we're on for a winner.
Sky One director of programming Richard Woolfe said: 'Cilla is the undisputed queen of the dating show.'There's been many pretenders to her throne, but she remains in a class of her own.'I'm thrilled she shares my passion for Loveland and for bringing the dating show kicking and screaming into the 21st century.'The 65 year old, whose personal fortune is worth in excess of £15 million, has been increasing her television profile in the past two years.
She now regularly stands in for Paul O’Grady on his Channel 4 show.
In the original ITV series, contestants picked from three unseen potential partners after asking just three questions to help them make their decision.
The new couple would then be sent on a holiday, with a camera crew in tow to capture every awkward moment.
Blind Date originally ran on Saturday nights from 30 November 1985 to on ITV.
Blind Date returned on 16 October 2013, to celebrate Black's 50-year career in the entertainment industry.
He was invited back for a celebration show in 2013, and managed to become the only contestant to win two dates.
For almost two decades she was the nation’s favourite matchmaker, before quitting Blind Date live on air.
Blind Date's producers are hoping for a "lorra lorra laughs" as they revive Cilla Black's series for a new run on Channel 5.
The pop star and TV personality – who passed away in 2015 – presented the dating series from its first run in 1985 up until its cancellation in 2003, when Black sensationally quit live on-air.