Paddy McGuinness has sparked calls for his dating show Take Me Out to return to our screens after sharing a behind-the-scenes clip.
The Bolton comic posted a previously unseen clip on his Instagram of himself descending in the ITV dating show’s famous Love Lift.
Presenter Paddy, who was dressed up for the show’s 80s special in the clip with Don Johnson in Miami Vice-style hair, revealed a backstage secret.
As the Top Gear host rode in the lift he was reading his opening monologue which was taped on the wall.
“Looks like I’m having a wee but this was me in the love lift before our Take Me Out 80’s Special!
“The A4 on the wall was my opening monologue, I used to stick it on the inside of the love lift before every show.”
Paddy added: “One for you budding hosts. Always prepped and ready!”
The clip sparked nostalgia and a flood of fans asking for Take Me Out, which ran for 10 years and 11 series, to make a comeback.
shleigh_74 asked: “Are you doing a new series??”
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pauldexter5 demanded: “Bring the show back, it was brilliant. It gave us one of the best tag lines ever!!! Let the Paddy, see the lift (again).”
sonay.ibrahim.14 said: “Really miss the show. Used to love it.so funny.”
robdixonbobster commented: “Brill…. one of the first British TV shows my Italian wife watched, I had to explain your accent and translate for a while.”
vanelly_belly said: “Miss this show so much. Peak Saturday night telly.”
And sarahcarless6 said: “Ah I miss writing those opening monologues before the show, little calm before the storm pre show ritual. “Can we do it again sometime please?”
Famed for his catchphrase ‘no likey, no lighty’ Paddy previously praised the programme for putting dating shows “back on the map.”
The 48-year-old said: “Eight weddings, six babies, a generation of youngsters who have grown up watching us on Saturday night.
“Over 10 years ago, ITV took a punt on me and the show and for that I’ll be eternally grateful.”
Paddy continued: “10 years… that’s before Tinder and Snapchat. Twitter was a little baby, Instagram wasn’t a thing and WhatsApp, well, that were just witchcraft.
“But what I am most proud of is the success of Take Me Out as it put dating shows back on the TV map.
“Thank you to the boys who braved the love lift and most importantly the stars of the show, the girls. I am going to miss spending my Saturday nights with you.”
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The aim of the show was for a single man to date one of 30 single women, each with a button in front of them.
The man was brought down on stage via the Love Lift and tried to persuade the women to agree to be his date in a series of rounds including displaying a skill and the man’s friends or family revealing more about them.
At any point during the rounds, the women could press the button in front of them to turn off their light if they did not want to date the man.
If at the end of three rounds there were still lights left on, the contestant would turn off all but two of the remaining lights.
He would then quiz the last two women before choosing which he wanted to go on the date with to ‘The Isle of Fernando’s.’