The voiceover artist was well known to fans of Blind Date and Shooting Stars not by his face, but for his rich speaking voice.
The dating show traditionally only catered for straight participants but since the programme was rebooted in 2017, the show has attempted to reflect society with a more diverse approach.
Howard Griffiths and Brigette Bard bumped into each other on the Central Line more than two decades after they first met in October 1992. Howard, who presents a shopping channel, told The Sun, he was on his way home from meeting a friend when Brigette approached him on the tube. Howard said he wooed Brigette by speaking Italian and Welsh to her during the show, and even spoke a few words of Italian to her on the Twitter video he posted.
Last week, we were delighted to learn that classic dating show ‘Blind Date’ is being rebooted with Paul O’Grady at the helm. Now the comedic presenter has revealed he accepted the chance to take the reigns from the late Cilla Black as a tribute to the TV legend and his good pal. The 61-year-old host made a complete U-turn on his original decision to reject the offer by bosses because he realised Cilla would enjoy seeing him present the show and would have been “screaming with laughter”.
<p>Are you as excited as we are to hear that our beloved Blind Date is making an epic comeback to television screens later this year?</p><p>The show ran for two decades and was fronted by TV legend Cilla Black until she quit live on air in 2003. Not only was it jam packed with a “Lorra, lorra” laughs for us viewers to enjoy at home, it also launched the careers of a string of future British stars and even spawned a few weddings!</p><p>(Photos: REX/ITV)</p>
For those of you that haven’t seen ‘Meet the Parents’ yet, it’s like ‘First Dates’ and ‘Take Me Out’ had a baby, and then that baby had a baby with ‘Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents’ resulting in what ITV clearly think is the next big Saturday night prime-time dating show. It’s hosted by nation’s sweetheart Holly Willoughby who, with the absence of Philip Schofield, manages to make it through the entire show without having a laughter fit, which probably makes ‘Meet the Parents’ worth watching for that, if not anything else. It essentially has a ‘Blind Date’ format where a singleton has to choose between three hidden suitors except, as the title suggests, the singleton can see each of the suitors’ parents and even ask them questions.
In 2003, Cilla Black joined the dubious company of Richard Nixon and Edward VIII in quitting their posts live on air. Admittedly, Nixon and Edward VIII’s posts were a tad more venerated than that of the presenter of ‘Blind Date’, but nonetheless, Cilla did indeed join their ranks when she made the announcement that she’d be leaving the show in front of several million viewers after 18 years and as many series. “Over New Year I thought a lot about what I wanted to do in 2003, and decided that it was the right time to move on from Blind Date,” she told the audience (and producers).