The show won the Lew Grade Award at the British Academy Television Awards in 1995.
The first episode of Series 17, on 10 November 2001, was reportedly watched at GMT by seven million viewers – 32% of the audience.
John Birt, LWT's director of programmes, and the IBA regulatory body had reservations about Norvelle's camp style.
At the height of its popularity in the 1980s, 18.2 million tuned in on a Saturday night.
Black's scouse accent and her catchphrases became familiar throughout the United Kingdom.
Comedian Patrick Kielty and TV presenter Kate Thornton acted as hosts for the show which featured Dame Edna Everage, Roger Moore, Richard E. It returned again on 16 October 2013 to celebrate Black's 50-year career in the entertainment industry.
This special one-off was part of another programme, The One and Only Cilla Black, presented by Paul O'Grady.
Locations ranged from Bognor Regis or a date in an ice cream factory, to Anguilla or the Maldives.
In the final series (2002–03), the format was tweaked; the "Ditch or Date? In 2003, the show was broadcast live to try to improve dwindling ratings. , was shot in early 1985 and fronted by comedian Duncan Norvelle.After two pilots starring Black, the series was commissioned.The distinctive theme music for Blind Date has a strong resemblance to the jazz standard "Soft Winds" and was composed by Laurie Holloway.but it was eventually hosted by Cilla Black, who already hosted the LWT series, Surprise Surprise.Blind Date originally ran on Saturday nights from 30 November 1985 to on ITV. The new series began airing on 17 June 2017 in its usual Saturday night slot and is produced by So Television and Stellify Media, a firm part-owned by Sony Pictures Television.They were then asked a question by a single individual of the opposite sex, who could hear but not see them, to choose with whom to go on a date.