It was her show." He added: "But then I spoke to her sons and lots of people who knew her and they said ' You have to do it, because she'd want you to do it for everyone."' O' Grady said that Black was "very down to earth, and very, very funny". All the stereotypical stuff." Regaling a story of one of their many foreign holidays together, O' Grady said: "We were in America, and someone said ' What do you do?
The TV host and entertainer said he and Black bonded because of their working-class background in Liverpool. ' and I said ' Oh we're undertakers, it's a family firm, and my sister, Cilla, has just won embalmer of the year', and Cilla would look at me with a poker face.
Blind Date was born in an era before the ‘swipe left’ culture we’re so familiar with today.
It was gentler, less tacky than many of the dating shows on our screens now (Take Me Out anyone?
"Blind Date is the original dating show and it's huge news to bring it back," a source told The Sun.
"It's a classic format that will be rebooted to make it young, sexy and modern. Fronted by the late great Cilla Black, Blind Date matched up single with hopeful three potential dates who sat behind a screen.
Black, who died in August 2015 aged 72, hosted the popular dating programme for nearly two decades from 1985 until 2003, and O' Grady is now fronting the revived version of the show.
Executive producer Robert Willis, also Black's son, said: "Having performed at the clubs around Liverpool, including the famous Cavern Club, she got her big break when [music manager] Brian Epstein spotted her and signed her.Every week from 1985 to 2003, this red-haired Liverpudlian - the first and longest serving British female game show host - was a major presence in our lives and living rooms.We’re a generation raised on a diet of Gladiators and Blind Date - Saturday night TV at its absolute peak.It was the start of everything that was to follow." "We are hoping to find that person who also dreams big and has the talent to march but just needs the chance to show it," he added.Paul O' Grady has told of the "shock" he felt when he first presented the new series of Blind Date, taking over the reins from his late friend Cilla Black.