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New series will include LGBT contestants for the first time.

Paul O’Grady has said he is honoured to host matchmaking show Blind Date when it returns this year.

The presenter and comedian said: “Blind Date is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers throughout the land.”

Channel 5’s official announcement said the show had been “updated for the 21st Century”.

It said: “With no chance to swipe left, send a selfie or message back, the class of 2017 must break with modern-day dating convention and rely on their basic instincts to find the chemistry.”

Ben Frow, director of programmes for Channel 5, said: “Paul is the perfect choice to bridge the old and the new, capturing the essence and charm of a series that became staple Saturday night family viewing in living rooms up and down the country, whilst attracting and appealing to a whole new generation of TV viewers.”




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