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Strictly speaking

Week 1  Strictly is back, and it has a bold new strategy for fending off the competition: absorb it all, like some kind of light-entertainment power-ingesting cannibal. Hence the patronising Gogglebox people-watching-people-watching-telly opening and X Factor belief that logic and coherence only impede your judging panel.

Craig Revel Horwood to star as Miss Hannigan in Annie next year

Producers Michael Harrison and David Ian announced this morning a new production of the musical Annie, starring Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan (pictured). Annie will open on July 11, 2015 at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle before embarking on a year-long tour. See www.anniethemusicaltour.uk for details of the tour schedule.

Strictly sensational

Strictly Come Dancing uber-fan Vikki Jane Vile enjoys a revived live tour With glitterball looming large over the dancefloor, Strictly‘s annual quickstep through the country is now in its seventh sequinned year, and with newly choreographed routines from Burn The Floor‘s Jason Gilkison, this bandwagon shows no sign of stopping.

Strictly speaking

The grand final The Series 11 final featured four exciting, contrasting couples and was genuinely impossible to call, making it a gripping watch through both shows. Well, apart from the recaps, the recaps of the recaps, the extended retrospective, the “J word” tales, the manufactured clips and the neverending Christmas special trailer. Really, there’s a […]

Strictly speaking

Week 12 – The semis We’re back to a lengthy show, so I’ll keep this brief. Here are my five gripes about an otherwise enjoyable semi-final…

Strictly speaking

Week 10 “We will not have another disaaaahstrous week,” they said. “We will have jazz hands, and the movie musical equivalent of Stars in Their Eyes, and Ann Summers’ take on a Disney dressing-up box!” they said. “We will have props, and pizzazz, and incongruous ghostly backing dancers, and the hills will be alive with […]

Strictly speaking

Week 8  BREAKING NEWS: while our stars were distracted by feathery fans, camp cowboys and dizzying hyperbole, their Blackpool dressing rooms were beset by seaside bandits. Possibly pirates. Rumours that their haul included all of the judges’ low scoring paddles remain unconfirmed. Yet how else to explain Saturday’s WTF marking? Of course, the judging process […]

Literary dancing

There’s a strong dance strand in this year’s The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, with both dancing authors and books about dance.

Strictly Confidential

Vikki Jane Vile enjoyed Craig Revel Horwood’s show, starring Lisa Riley and a topless Artem Chigvintsev, at the New Wimbledon Theatre on July 1 With Strictly fans offered so many spin-off shows in the bleak cold months of the year, when withdrawal symptoms are at their most insufferable, it’s a rather nice surprise to be […]

Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour

Snow fell heavily outside Birmingham National Indoor Arena on January 20, but dedicated Strictly enthusiasts aren’t easily kept from their sequins. Directed by Craig Revel Horwood, the live show aims to give the audience the television experience, complete with voting, training videos and comments from the judges.

Strictly speaking

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.

Strictly speaking

This week’s Strictly caused almighty (con)fusion. Did the gimmick bring something new to the show? Yes. Did it work? Um…not exactly.

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