A contestant named Nicola Gill came on the show, claiming she was a temporary secretary, when she was actually a journalist for Cosmopolitan Magazine.
When Black found out about this, she exploited the truth on the show, leading Gill to get booed by the audience, and her date to go away in total shock.
The couple then picked an envelope naming their destination.
The following episode showed the couple on their date, as well as interviews with them about the date and each other.
but it was eventually hosted by Cilla Black, who already hosted the LWT series, Surprise Surprise.
The first episode of Series 17, on 10 November 2001, was reportedly watched at GMT by seven million viewers – 32% of the audience.Although, this was around a million fewer than tuned in to its debut episode in the previous series.This was likely to state that its popularity was on the wane.However, ITV briefly aired a similar replacement show in 2004 hosted by Davina Mc Call, called Love on a Saturday Night and since 2010, Take Me Out, hosted by Paddy Mc Guinness which is still airing.Blind Date returned on , as part of ITV's coverage of a concert held outside the Tower of London to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the charity The Prince's Trust.