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An unscreened pilot episode was for made Channel 4 in 2009, but it was ITV who picked it up for a series.
The show is produced by Thames (formerly Talkback Thames).
Take Me Out is a dating game show presented by comedian Paddy Mc Guinness.
Based on the Australian show Taken Out, it began airing on ITV in the United Kingdom and simulcast on TV3 in the Republic of Ireland on 2 January 2010.
If, at the end of three rounds, there are still lights left on, the bachelor will turn off all but two of the remaining lights himself.
He will then have a chance to ask one question to the last two women, before choosing which woman he wants to go on the date with by turning off one more light.
There are usually four men brought on in the course of a single episode, though on some occasions segments have been cut and only three men have been shown.
But about a series ago, Take Me Out really started to grow on me.
One night, out of sheer laziness, I didn't bother to switch over – and now they've got me.
Take Me Out: The Gossip is a behind-the-scenes sister show that began airing weekly on ITV2 from series 3-5 and 7 onwards, following the broadcast of the main programme.
It is currently presented by Laura Jackson and Mark Wright.