Because Saturday nights just haven't been the same without Paddy...

Hands up who’s excited for the new series of Take Me Out… Yup, us too!

And the start of the much-loved dating show means only one thing – the return of our favourite Bolton-born presenter, Paddy McGuinness.

Born Patrick Joseph McGuinness – the comedian grew up in Farnworth, Lancashire and shot to fame in 2000 when he teamed up with pal, Peter Kay for spoof documentary series That Peter Kay Thing.

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Ever since then he’s been giving us prime time joy on loads of our fave telly programs including Phoenix Nights and Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere.

But with 17-years of showbiz under his belt, there is still so much we don’t know about the presenter! So here’s the lowdown on the man who brought us no likey no lighty...

Paddy appeared as a contestant on a dating show

Yup, before becoming cupid himself, Paddy ALSO turned to television to try and help him find love on the 90’s show ‘God’s Gift’.

After seeing an advert in the staff room when he was a lifeguard, 19-year-old Paddy had a shot on the programme and although he didn’t find romance at the time, the star’s now happily married!

He’s a family man

Paddy met model Christine Martin at the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament back in 2008 and the pair married in 2011 before welcoming twins Penelope and Leo, 3, and one-year-old daughter, Felicity.

Paddy has been married to wife, Christine for six years (Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock)

And even though he can call the likes of Keith Lemon and Robbie Williams friends, the star has admitted he’d rather spend time with his family, telling Sunday Post: ‘People probably think I’m out partying and drinking but I live a really quiet life, sad as that sounds.’

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He has a HUGE tattoo

Last month Paddy revealed he’d had a new tattoo dedicated to his son, Leo.

The comedian took to Instagram to show off the massive Lion etching on the back of his right leg, captioning the pic: ‘For my son Leo. Now for a few hours of inking fun with Woody @inkinc_tattoos please be gentle.’

For my son Leo. Now for a few hours of inking fun with Woody @inkinc_tattoos please be gentle. 😬

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We know it’s a sweet gesture, but that looks REALLY painful…

Take Me Out was originally rejected by Channel 4

It turns out the 43-year-old originally shot a pilot for Take Me Out with Channel 4 which he claims was ‘filmed with a bunch of goths and students and aimed at a late Friday audience’.

But after they bosses decided they didn’t want it, Paddy was shocked when ITV called and offered him the gig. And thank god they did!

Paddy was in Coronation Street

Making his debut as Bear Grylls wannabe Dougie Ryan, Paddy joined the show for a few episodes back in 2015 and although he went down a storm with fans, the star has since confirmed he won’t be returning to the much-loved soap. AW!

He has a new show

Paddy’s next project will be The Keith And Paddy Picture Show, which is due to air on ITV next month.

The hilarious sketch show will see Paddy, pal Keith Lemon and a load of other celebs including Michelle Keegan and Phillip Schofield attempt to recreate iconic films such as Ghostbusters and Dirty Dancing.

Morning! #KPPS

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He penned Take Me Out’s original catchphrases alone

When Paddy was recently asked whether they’ll be any more killer catchphrases – such as ‘let the letter see the box’ and ‘let the Byker see the Grove’ – the star admitted he came up with the old ones all alone.

Genius, right?

He told The Mirror: ‘When I came up with those ideas, it wasn’t with a team of writers, it was just what came into my head.

‘Now I’ll sit down with the lads and say, ‘Let the chicken see the egg,’ and one of them will get a laptop out and say, “You said that in series four,’ and I’m like, ‘F***ing hell!”.’

Well, we can’t WAIT to see what he has in store for us…