'Blind Date' Reboot Slammed By Cilla Black's Friend Christopher Biggins

'It’s very depressing.'

Christopher Biggins has slammed the decision to bring back ‘Blind Date’.

The star, who was a close friend of the show’s late host Cilla Black, has described Channel 5’s rumoured reboot of the classic ITV dating show as “depressing”, adding that he won’t be tuning in.

Christopher Biggins with pal Cilla Black
Christopher Biggins with pal Cilla Black
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While Channel 5 are still to confirm the news, reports suggested the new show - set to air later this year - will have its format tweaked to reflect more modern approaches to dating.

Cilla fronted 'Blind Date' from 1985 to 2003
Cilla fronted 'Blind Date' from 1985 to 2003

Former ‘Geordie Shore’ star and ‘I’m A Celebrity’ winner Vicky Pattison was named as a potential replacement for Cilla.

Others said to be in the frame include former ‘Coronation Street’ stars Georgia May Foote and Helen Flanagan, as well as pop singer Olly Murs, who received mixed reviews when he co-hosted ‘The X Factor’ in 2015.

Cilla, who died in 2015 after suffering a stroke, fronted ‘Blind Date’ from its inception in 1985, famously quitting live on air in 2003.

ITV has since enjoyed success with a new dating show, ‘Take Me Out’, as well as the recent relaunch of ‘Love Island’ on sister channel ITV2.

Holly Willoughby, who was previously rumoured to be bringing ‘Blind Date’ back to ITV, also fronted her own dating show, ‘Meet The Parents’, for the channel last year.

‘Blind Date’ isn’t the only dating show to receive a reboot this year, following the news reigning ‘I’m A Celebrity’ champion Scarlett Moffatt is to front a new series of ‘Streetmate’ for Channel 4.

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