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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 March, 2004, 18:28 GMT
Cilla Black to host BBC game show
Cilla Blackhosted Blind Date for 18 years
Veteran entertainer Cilla Black is to return to the BBC after 26 years to present a new prime-time game show.

A BBC spokeswoman has confirmed Black will host a non-transmittable pilot of a quiz show on the theme of celebrity.

The pilot will feature comedians Rory Bremner and Jo Brand as team captains. A series will follow if it goes well.

Black, 60, worked at the BBC between 1967 and 1978 before moving to ITV. She hosted Blind Date for 18 years but quit last year when the format was changed.

When Black left Blind Date she was earning 17,000 a week, making her the highest-paid TV presenter in the UK.

The BBC has given no details as to what the new show may be called. or when in the week it would go out.

To celebrate her 60th birthday her original record label EMI released a CD box set of her greatest hits including Anyone Who Had a Heart, Step Inside Love and Alfie.

Black had said when she left Blind date that she would stay in showbusiness , but did not have any definite plans.

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