Each game began with one main contestant, the "Picker", being escorted onto the set blindfolded in front of the 50 potential dates in the "Dating Pool" while the announcer described him/her.
Then there’s TV legend Esther Rantzen, dating at the age of 76, immediately recognised by her date John. Like the main series, there are romantic highs and lows – as some dates go swimmingly, and others don’t go according to plan. (Nailsworth, Gloucestershire)Andrew William Dilnot, CBE. Chairman, UK Statistics Authority and warden, Nuffield College, University of Oxford. Executive headteacher, Harton Technology College, Jarrow School, South Tyneside and Academy 360, Sunderland. (Cleadon, Tyne and Wear)Professor Malcolm John Grant, CBE. In 2005, Blackwood appeared in Princes of Comedii DVD release.Blackwood was a presenter for the London radio station Choice FM and did some cover work on Capital FM In 2010, he played Brightie in the Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, alongside Adrian Lester and James Earl Jones at the Novello Theatre in London.