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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.

An Audience with Len Goodman

Tickets are now available for “An Audience with…” Strictly Come Dancing‘s head judge, Len Goodman, at Cheltenham Town Hall on Friday, August 29.

Do you Charleston?

Silver River production company is looking for enthusiasts who can do a bit of Charleston to join them for some filming at Café de Paris on Friday, August 1, from 9am to 3pm, as part of a new BBC series about the history of British dance presented by Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley.

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 […]

Dance on television this Christmas

Dance on television this Christmas Christmas is here! Along with mince pies, frantic shopping and The Nutcracker on stage, there’s also plenty of festive television. Dancing Times has been circling the dance goodies in our Christmas listings magazine, with everything from the sequins of Strictly Come Dancing – both the series finale and the Christmas special (pictured) – […]

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 Come Dancing: The Live Tour

The line-up for Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour has now been confirmed.

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 […]

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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