The programme, previously hosted by the late Cilla Black, is returning to the small screen with comedian Paul O'Grady in charge.

The 61-year-old plans to honour his late friend by ensuring the series stays true to its original format.

"Blind Date is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers throughout the land," Paul said in a statement. "I am honoured to present the brand new series... I can't wait to see if we can find love."

There will be one change to the dating show, however, as LGBT contestants are welcome to participate - something openly gay Paul is proud to be a part of.

"The show will reflect the present day whilst maintaining the humour, charm and cheekiness of the original show," producers have confirmed.