Blind dating cast list
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.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.Black was responsible for ITV shifting its football programme, The Premiership, to make way for the new series in a prime-time slot.
Three singles of the same sex were introduced to the audience.
John Birt, LWT's director of programmes, and the IBA regulatory body had reservations about Norvelle's camp style.
Black had seen The Dating Game in the US and enthused about it to LWT's Alan Boyd, who produced Surprise, Surprise and who made the Norvelle pilot.
This was around a million fewer than tuned in to its debut episode in the previous series.
This was likely to state that its popularity was on the wane.