Davina McCall is the host of a new "grown up" dating show

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Davina McCall to host "grown up" dating showChannel 4

Brand new "grown-up" reality dating show The Romance Retreat has announced its host.

The new ITV1 and ITVX series follows the ilk of Love Island, though instead focuses on single parents looking for love as they share a country retreat.

The broadcaster has now confirmed that Big Brother icon Davina McCall will present the series, with the star sharing her delight at being named the host.

In a new Instagram clip confirming the news, Davina admitted she "willed there to be an amazing new dating programme for grown-ups", with contestants who "deserve love".

The presenter added in the comments: "Omg.. I manifested and it came true!! I’ll be hosting a brand NEW grown up dating series for ITV1!!

"This is a show for single parents who have lived a life, have stories to tell about their dating pasts and deserve another chance at love and I’m gonna help you.

"It will all take place in the most romantic countryside location!! We are still casting so if u want my help finding love and u have a child who is over 18, what are you waiting for ??? (particularly u eligible men.. where are you?!".

ITV revealed that The Romance Retreat "follows nominated single parents, from all over the UK, and from all walks of life, as they live together at a stunning country house with one objective: to find true love".

Casting is now open for the show, and those who want to apply should click here.

Davina previously expressed keenness to host a version of Love Island for older contestants, saying: "I'm literally begging ITV to let me present mid-life Love Island. I could fill a villa in Love Island with the best backstories you have ever heard in your life."

Davina is no stranger to hosting dating programmes, having overseen The Language of Love for Channel 4 last year.

The Romance Retreat will air on ITV1 and ITVX.

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