The objective of the show is for a single man to obtain a date with one of thirty single women.
The women stand on stage underneath thirty white lights, each with a button in front of them.
in Manchester, which is actually Club Bijou on Chapel Street, the outcome of which is shown as part of the following week's show. He meets the girls and then says his name and where he is from.
For the second series, the date took place abroad on the Isle of FERNANDO'S! Paddy repeats but afterwards with one of catchphrases. From series 7 onwards, they have to write down a 'love at first light' from the girls who had left their lights on. Alternately their friend or family can say a secret. In this round the man turns off the lights of the remaining girls until just two are left lit.
Take Me Out has proven popular with the public, generally pulling over 3 million viewers per episode.
In its early days, Take Me Out was reviewed negatively by critics.
Take Me Out is a dating game show presented by comedian Paddy Mc Guinness.
Comedic value is mostly provided by Mc Guinness's array of catchphrases such as "Let the (object) see the (object)", "No likey, no lighty! It sometimes includes interviews with his friends and family. In this round the man asks the girls who are remaining a question. Paddy questions the chosen girl if they would rather know the man's 'love at first light' or not.
Jim was later also charged with possession of child pornography on his computer.
The date segment of contestant Wen-Jing Mo scoring a date with construction worker Aaron Withers was axed from the programme after it transpired that Aaron had a criminal conviction for punching a woman, had worked as an escort, and also had a long-term girlfriend, and that Wen-Jing had also worked as an escort for a short period ten years previously.
Shortly after the second series began in December 2010, The Guardians Tim Dowling said that, "When you strip away its tired, utterly false premise, all that remains of Take Me Out is a lot of flashing lights and some scripted innuendo delivered in a range of regional accents." Reviewing the show after the second series concluded in March 2011, Manchester Grouch of Manchester Central wrote: "ITV should consider renaming the show 'Desperate Moron Lift Disco'" and concluded the review by comparing it to "...a drunken Saturday night out that ends up in a dodgy club having a quick fumble with that girl from the hairdressers you’ve been eyeing up all week." However, after the beginning of the fifth series in January 2013, Julia Raeside, also writing for The Guardian, admitted that the show had become "must-see TV" and was "a worthy successor to Blind Date": "..Take Me Out noisily barged its way on to the Saturday night schedules in 2010, it was too much for me.
The little I'd seen of it put me off trying a whole episode...