Actor Robert Blake has announced he's ready to find love again.

The former BARETTA star, who was cleared of the 2001 murder of his wife Bonny Lee Bakley in a criminal court in March (05), is fantasising about ringing in 2006 with a new woman on his arm.

The 71-year-old says, "I'd like to have a date for New Year's Eve. I'm a sentimentalist, I'm an old-fashioned kind of guy and I'd like to feel that magic once before it's all over.

"I don't think there's any greater gift on a personal level. Not loving somebody, but actually being in love; where you wake up in the middle of the night just to look at her, where you're not a poet, but the poetry just keeps running out of you.

"I had it once in my life... that kind of magic with two people where you can share a hot dog and know that it's the greatest meal in the universe, where you can both sleep together on a couch and freeze to death and you're not cold, where you whisper to each other when there's a crowd around. That's magic."

18/05/2005 09:14