Blind Date (Australian game show)

Blind Date is an Australian television game show which was originally based on the American series The Dating Game.

Blind Date
Genre
Based onThe Dating Game
Presented byGraham Webb (1967–1969)
Jeremy Cordeaux (1970)
Bobby Hanna (1974)
Greg Evans (1991)
Julia Morris (2018)
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
Production
Running time50 minutes (as of 7th season in 2018)
30 minutes
Production company(s)Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original networkNetwork Ten (1967–1970, 1991, 2018–present)
Seven Network (1974)
Picture formatBlack & White (1967–1970, 1974)
4:3 PAL (1991)
16:9 576i (SDTV) (2018)
16:9 1080i (HDTV) (2018)
Audio formatMono (1967–1970, 1974)
Stereo (1991, 2018–present)
Original release28 November 1969 – 1970
1974
1991
15 October 2018 
19 December 2018

Blind Date first aired from 1967 to 1970 on the 0-10 Network (now known as Network 10). Graham Webb hosted the series from its debut to the 28 November 1969 episode.[1] Jeremy Cordeaux hosted the show in 1970.[2]

A 1974 on the Seven Network was hosted by Scottish-born Bobby Hanna.[3] A 1991 version hosted by Greg Evans was screened on Network Ten as a revived version of Perfect Match, which was also based on the same format.[4]

A new series, termed the show's revival, began on 15 October 2018 on Channel 10, hosted by Julia Morris.[5][6] It showed at 7:30 pm on Mondays until the fifth episode, where it moved to the time-slot of 8:40 pm on Wednesdays.

Format

Each week, a number of single Aussies around Australia who are looking for 'love' ask three questions to three potential suitors who are behind a wall (which is called the Slide-O Wall from the seventh series).[7] Each potential suitor takes turns to answer these questions and then the contestant has to choose a date only from the potential suitor's answers and voices. The host asks the contestant, "Which contestant would you like to choose? 'Contestant number 1', 'number 2' or 'number 3'?" The contestant will choose one of these, with each number corresponding to each potential suitor, with '1' being the suitor sitting closest to the wall and number '3' being the person seated furthest.

Once the contestant chooses a suitor, they meet the two other potential suitors they did not choose. Then, the contestant and suitor ('the dates') stands on either side of the wall and for the first time, the host reveals the suitor who is behind it by saying the name of the suitor while the wall slides away to reveal them.

The dates are then given the opportunity to choose from two envelopes which contain two different dates (which are paid for by the show) that they could potentially go on. Once they choose the date, they proceed to walk up a staircase and near the top, the turn around to wave goodbye. The dates then walk away to the top of the staircase which then leads to a backstage area so that they can 'get ready' to go on their date.

In the next episode, the dates normally come back to make another appearance and talk about how their date went with the host. At their second visit, a video is shown about their date went and what happened there. Then the dates disclose if they would like to stay together for another date, 'just be friends', or end the relationship altogether.

Episode status

Archival status of the show is not known, given the wiping of the early eras. An episode of the 1974 version is held by National Film and Sound Archive.[8]

Series Overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1N/A1967 (1967)1967 (1967)
2N/A1968 (1968)1968 (1968)
3N/A1969 (1969)1969 (1969)
4N/A1970 (1970)1970 (1970)
5N/A1974 (1974)1974 (1974)
62201991 (1991)1991 (1991)
71015 October 2018 (2018-10-15)19 December 2018 (2018-12-19)

References

  1. "Avengers Ride Again". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 November 1969. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  2. "New boy Jeremy gets a blind date". The Age. 1 December 1969. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  3. "Blind Date is coming back to TV - in a new, steam-lined pop music format". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 March 1974. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  4. "1991: July 27-August 2". TelevisionAU.
  5. "Network Ten to bring back Blind Date". The Australian. 9 November 2017.
  6. "Blind Date Australia Episode One Contestants". now to love. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  7. "Julia Morris' New Show Blind Date". News.com.au. 30 September 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  8. "Blind Date, EP, 74". Colsearch.nfsa.gov.au. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
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