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Darcey Bussell

Strictly speaking

This was a long, long, looooong semi-final. It made War and Peace look like a Tweet. It made the Oscars look like a Saturday cartoon. Stars in distant galaxies went through entire lifespans. And still we came no closer to deciding what rumba actually is. All of which would be forgivable if Strictly had treated […]

Strictly speaking

It’s Blackpool Week on Strictly, otherwise known as Multiple Comebacks And Rampant Score Inflation Week! For the uninitiated, the current exchange rate is about 1:1.2, meaning up here Donny would be scoring 12s and spontaneously combusting, BABY.

Strictly speaking

Week 6 Oh Strictly Halloween Week, how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways…

Strictly speaking

Week 5 This year’s Strictly is becoming renowned for “shock” dance-offs, even though there’s nothing truly shocking about two mediocre lower-leaderboard pairs landing in the bottom. Perhaps more noteworthy is how it’s resisting the producers’ attempts at forced narratives: the hunky sportsman failed to set pulses racing, ditto the supposedly irresistible boy band member, while Judy […]

Strictly speaking

Week 4 Last week on Strictly we drank deep from the well of insanity that was a histrionic theme show combined with the terrorising presence of He Who Must Not Be Named, Baby! This week, it was the inevitable comedown. The debilitating hangover. The throbbing migraine. The constant threat of impending nausea.

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.

Big Dance 2014

Big Dance is here! This year’s edition of the biennial celebration of dance runs from July 5 to 13, including performances, the Big Dance Bus Tour and Big Dance Shorts, televised on Channel 4.

Big Dance 2014

Big Dance is here! This year’s edition of the biennial celebration of dance runs from July 5 to 13, including performances, the Big Dance Bus Tour and Big Dance Shorts, televised on Channel 4.

Big Dance 2014

Big Dance is coming! This year’s edition of the biannual celebration of dance runs from July 5 to 13, including performances, the Big Dance Bus Tour and Big Dance Shorts, televised on Channel 4.

Big Burn

Thousands of people are expected to take part in Big Burn, a new mass participation fitness class. Strictly stars, Darcey Bussell and club DJs from Ministry of Sound are among the headline acts at the huge event, held at London’s Alexandra Palace on May 30 and 31.

Mark Bruce Company wins Sky Arts South Bank Award

Mark Bruce Company’s Dracula has won the Sky Arts South Bank Award for Dance. Choreographed by Mark Bruce, the show starred Jonathan Goddard as the vampire count.

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 […]

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