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Well, look – we all know Halloween Week is godawful. There’s just no getting around it. Unfortunately, some deluded producer seems determined to keep it on the schedule, so for their sake, let us go through the top ten blindingly obvious reasons why it is an abomination and should never see the light of day […]

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Strictly speaking And so to Luuuuuurve Week, meaning the set became a nauseating shrine to DIY bargain-basement tackiness. Why? Truly, we may never know. It’s up there with the great mysteries of the age, like what was really in that briefcase in Pulp Fiction.

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It’s back! Forget X Factor, forget Stepping Out, if you can (my eyes! Oh, my eyes!), for Strictly Come Dancing, the real star of Saturday-night entertainment, has returned, and it’s as joyously deranged as ever.

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Week 12 And then we came to the end. Not the world (sorry, Mayans!), though to loyal sequin superfans or anyone not seduced by Louis’s “guns”, it may feel that way. Still, we now have our Strictly champions after an action-packed night featuring three gosh-no-not-at-all-trained girls and one acrobat with his top off.

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Week 11 Last night’s hotly-contested Sports Personality of the Year was a showcase not just of achievement (and facial hair), but of the qualities we look for in our heroes: grace under pressure, perseverance in the face of overwhelming obstacles, commitment, humility and passion in your pursuit – a passion shared with others. Not to […]

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Week 9 The message of this week’s Strictly is that we must beware the ballroom gods. Sometimes they are benevolent, and bestow sequinned favours upon us, but sometimes we invoke their wrath. And the wrath of the ballroom gods is a terrible thing to behold. Thus it came to pass that Kimberley, with her array of […]

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Week 8 The only good thing about Strictly‘s disaaaahstrous Wembley Week is that the following show, bathed in the rosy light of Television Centre, automatically becomes one of the best of the series. We can hear human speech! The mob is not roaring outside the gates! No one feels the need to feign the gift […]

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Week 7 Ah, Strictly’s Wembley Week – a party to which the TV viewers are not invited. “It’s a brilliant atmosphere here!” people howled at us with increasing levels of desperation (and from the bottom of a lake in 1964 if the sound was anything to go by). In order to reassure us that this was […]

Strictly stars revealed!

The celebrity line-up for this year’s “Strictly Come Dancing” has been announced, a cast that runs from Olympic gold medallists to actors and singers. Audiences will get their first glimpse of the stars in action in the launch show this weekend, which will also reveal which professional dancer will partner which celebrity.

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Week 1 “We’re going from the red carpet to the red-hot ballroom floor!!!” Enough of the understatement, Tess. Actually, how often do breakfast TV sports editors, ex-footballers and impressionists get to hang out on the red carpet? Never mind, they’re on “Strictly” now! Instant fame awaits! (I’m ignoring the weird intro bit that started with […]

“Strictly” professionals announced

The countdown to “Strictly” has begun, with the announcement of the professional dancers for this year’s series.

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