Blind Date is to air its first LGBT round this Saturday.
The hit dating show, made famous by the late Cilla Black and recently revived with her friend Paul O’Grady as host, will pair up two lesbians, with the broadcast date chosen to coincide with London’s Pride parade.
The lucky lady taking her pick of unseen dates will be 29-year old Celine Dion superfan, Alice. She will choose between Kiwi Jane, 31; digital content manager Steph, 26; and civil engineering technician Sarah, 30.
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LGBT rights charity Stonewall is “thrilled” at the decision to welcome a gay episode, which Black had reportedly called for in the Eighties, and hopes other popular TV shows will follow in its footsteps in offering greater visibility to LGBT people.
“These demonstrations of inclusion are really welcomed by the community and show how far society – and lesbian, gay, bi and trans representation in the media – has come,” a spokesperson said.
“Hopefully, we’ll see even more shows follow Blind Date’s lead, improving the representation of LGBT people and helping viewers across Britain gain a better understanding of the diversity of the LGBT community.”
More LGBT episodes are set to follow as part of an effort by broadcaster Channel 5 to make the old family favourite “relevant for today’s audience”.
Blind Date first aired in 1985 on ITV but was cancelled after Black unexpectedly quit on-air in 2003.
Tune into Blind Date on Saturday 8 July at 8pm on Channel 5.