Blind Date is a British dating game show first produced by London Weekend Television. An unscreened pilot was made with comic Duncan Norvelle as presenter but it was eventually hosted by Cilla Black, who already hosted the LWT series, Surprise Surprise. Blind Date originally ran on Saturday nights from 30 November Format · History · Weddings · Transmissions. jan. - Conor Ellison, 25, became the first person to be stood up on Blind Date in 20 years when stunning City worker Rosie Allen, 27, pulled out at the last minute. ITV's Blind Date was launched in and Cilla said the current series - the 18th - would be her last. She admitted that the show had become more like work than fun and that she wanted to leave before it became a "chore". "Now I'm looking forward to a year filled with exciting new challenges," she said. The year-old.