Paddy McGuinness to host new ITV dating show

Paddy McGuinness to host new ITV dating show
Paddy McGuinness to host new ITV dating show (Image credit: Eamonn and James Clarke/EMPICS E)

Comedian Paddy McGuinness is to front a new ITV dating show called Take Me Out - and producers are looking for single guys and girls to take part. The programme will see 30 women searching for the perfect guy with Paddy trying to put together the ideal couple. Each week the women will see a single man walk into the studio and introduce himself, the girls will have a light in front of them and will turn it off if they decide that he isn't their Mr Right. Paddy said: "To say I'm excited about hosting 'Take Me Out' is an understatement. ITV and dating shows are a match made in heaven. It's going to be a lorra lorra fun kid........OR should I say, Flower!" ITV entertainment and comedy boss Elaine Bedell added: "I've long thought ITV should be back in the prime-time dating game… and this is a great new, modern, dating show for ITV. “We're also thrilled that Paddy's on board: he's funny, good-looking, and sympathetic - ideal qualities for a dating host! We're not saying too much about the format at present as there are some surprise elements for the girls taking part." For an application, email your details to: or phone: 020 7691 6050.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.