So much has changed since the 1980s, both on TV and in society itself, that what returns to our screens may not be a straight-forward, fully-intact teleport of the format, but rather a mutant mish-mash: a half-fly Jeff Goldblum of a show just begging to be put out of its misery.The truth of this inevitable transformation can be seen in the steps already taken up the light-entertainment evolutionary ladder, most notably in the DNA of ITV's long-running post-Blind Date offering, Take Me Out. When I think back to the Saturday nights I spent as a boy on the cusp of my teenage years, I can almost smell the heady scent of my mother's perfume as she readies herself for a night out with my step-dad and a gaggle of other couples.After a while, you sort of think that that’s your lot.You’re doomed to forever be in an unsatisfactory relationship with someone who loves their friends a lot more than you and who’ll never introduce you to their family because you’re ‘too aggressive’.That memory, that association, is never complete without Cilla Black – the nation's favourite surrogate aunty, always resplendent in a series of shoulder-padded blazers, smiling down on my childhood like a ghostly Yoda at the end of Return of the Jedi.As my mother's hair-dryer voomed into life in the kitchen, I was to be found in the living room watching Cilla on Blind Date, contorting myself on the couch (emphatically not a euphemism), often upside down, a combination of ever-stretching limbs and rising hormones making it impossible for me to sit properly and at peace for any significant length of time.Each week on the show, three grinning imbeciles were asked fluffy and meaningless questions by a contestant who was perched behind a partition, in reply to which said imbeciles recited a series of quips so cheesy they could be garnished and served as starters in a French gastro pub.
Every few minutes a swirling vortex would appear in the air next to Cilla, and she’d shove her hand into it, grabbing out handfuls of Scouse banter and showering it over the audience like confetti.‘I couldn’t believe no one had ever bought you flowers before…so I wanted to put that right,’ he explained. When people do that kind of thing after you’ve gone through an unhappy relationship spell, it can be alarming. You’re so used to putting up with being a bit miserable, it’s completely overwhelming when someone just wants to make you feel good.The thing is though, that you did your time by keeping your last unsatisfactory partner off the dating market so you’ve earnt some happiness.Throughout history it was seen as a symbol of prosperity and goodness.THERE ARE HOT SINGLE DADS IN YOUR AREA JUST BEGGING FOR A DATE!