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This was likely to state that its popularity was on the wane.
Black was responsible for ITV shifting its football programme, The Premiership, to make way for the new series in a prime-time slot.
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.
After two pilots starring Black, the series was commissioned.
This special one-off was part of another programme, The One and Only Cilla Black, presented by Paul O'Grady.
A contestant named Nicola Gill came on the show, claiming she was a temporary secretary, when she was actually a journalist for Cosmopolitan Magazine.
The new series began airing on 17 June 2017 in its usual Saturday night slot and is produced by So Television, Olga TV and Stellify Media, a firm part-owned by Sony Pictures Television.
The distinctive theme music for Blind Date has a strong resemblance to the jazz standard "Soft Winds" and was composed by Laurie Holloway.
At the height of its popularity in the 1980s, 18.2 million tuned in on a Saturday night.
The first episode of Series 17, on 10 November 2001, was reportedly watched at GMT by seven million viewers – 32% of the audience.
This was around a million fewer than tuned in to its debut episode in the previous series.