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Week 5 Phew! After last week’s horror fest – in execution more than premise – Strictly got back on track with a theme-free weekend, bar the occasional grating fireworks gag (mainly bleated out by Tess during links. Has Bruce rubbed off on her, or can they not even trust him with the puns these days?). […]

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Week 4 Something wicked this way comes… Two theme shows in a row, and sadly Strictly went from bad to totally crackers.

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Week 3 Hollywood Week on Strictly was the equivalent of a resolutely reformed character falling off the wagon. Cardinal sins included: The return of the horrific “comedy” VTs and gimmicks. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… A disappointing lack of content in some routines. Still, this gives us the […]

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Week 2 Week 2 of Strictly saw a leaderboard shake-up, pick‘n’mix dances (because it’s always easy to compare a foxtrot and a salsa with Viennese and a jive, ya? OK?), and the reappearance of something more hated than Jaws, Piers Morgan and George Osborne combined: the dreaded dance-off.

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Week 1 The tenth series of Strictly promises to be the year of subtle yet insidious sabotage.

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Can you believe it? Against all odds, this Saturday teatime, light-entertainment treat involving perma-tanned celebs tangoing to Priscilla and stripping to Hot Chocolate (yes, that really happened), beloved of grannies, kids, dance fanatics and students with ironic viewing preferences alike, has survived general scepticism, format tinkering and the continued onslaught of He Who Must Not Be Named […]

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Week 12 Finally, we have a “Strictly” champion! Deservedly, if somewhat predictably, amiable drummer and professional man candy Harry Judd made it a Mcdouble, following in the dance steps of other likeable British chaps (Tom Chambers, Chris Hollins, Mark Ramprakash etc.). What’s next for McFlies 3 and 4? “Countdown” and “Mastermind”? Of course, the real […]

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Week 11 Can you believe it’s the “Strictly” semi-final already? Just as well – I fear for Tess’s sanity if she has to deliver any more puns. Mind you, I bet she’s now a major hit at Christmas parties, nailing every cracker joke before it’s even half uttered. (“Tinselitis!” “Low elf esteem!” “A CONFUSED SNOWFLAKE!”)

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Week 10 Were you playing a Tess intro movie puns drinking game? I WAS! (Not really. That would render typing impossible.) Still, I think I counted 206. Anyone? Anyone? Yes, this is “Strictly” Movie Week and the Punning Police are on standby, so no funny business. (Get it, Brucie? FUNNY business. No?) Our pros kicked off […]

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Week 9 I can’t lie. I spent this week’s “Strictly” sadly swaying, waving my sparkly lighter, mourning the noticeable absence of our dear departed Russell and “Flav”. Well, not literally. That would make typing rather difficult. But definitely figuratively. Figuratively, I was a beacon of sadness in north-west London. A Saturday night Zone 2 lighthouse. […]

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Week 8 Ah, there’s nothing like seeing “Strictly” in the flesh, is there? Weren’t we lucky to be part of the thousands who experienced THE BIGGEST LIVE SHOW EVER! Except we weren’t. (If you’re reading this and you went to Wembley…pretend you didn’t. I’m building to a clever point.) The problem with celebrating Week 8 […]

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  Week 7 Week 7 of “Strictly” and I’ve finally figured it out: Tess’s salary works on a pound-per-pun basis – hence the damp-squib (ha!) firework puns for last week’s EXPLOSIVE show and football puns KICKING OFF this week’s. Either that or she writes cracker jokes on the side.

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