The vicious assault left Mr Nissen, who is almost 60 years old, with a fractured eye socket, fractured jaw and a collapsed sinus that led to a lung infection, the local District Court heard."The victim was a man approaching 60 inoffensively walking his dogs on a Saturday morning," Justice Ian Harrison said.Whether they’re rating or slating the programmes and presenters, or just having a chat about what’s on – we want to know about it.

He was originally given a 15-month suspended sentence, but the Court of Criminal Appeal deemed his sentence too lenient and he was instead ordered to spend a year in prison.

The presiding judge called for a sterner conviction after reviewing the CCTV footage, which showed him repeatedly punching a man in the face during the altercation.

Could they possibly match the brilliance of the beloved original series?

Well, we’re set to find out, as show is finally beginning next week – here’s what we know about it so far.

You and your mates can apply for tickets on the TV3 website here; tickets for the Blind Date live studio audience are complimentary and allocation will be on a first come, first served basis.

If you'd like to go one step further and be an actual contestant on the show, you can do so here, the closing date for applications is Friday, June 30.

We are looking for passionate foodies and budding critics to come dine with us.

The filming will take place in the home of The Restaurant, Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill in Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

Are you part of a family or group of friends who love nothing better than sitting down together to have a chat about what’s on the telly?