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Moving on up: the rise of TV dance shows

The Greatest Dancer presenter Jordan Banjo (Credit: BBC/Syco/Thames/David Ellis)

When the BBC spiced up one of TV’s oldest formats to create Strictly Come Dancing, few thought it would create the holy grail of TV – a genuine pop-culture phenomenon that glued all ages to the box.

That was almost 15 years ago. Come Dancing, the show that inspired Strictly, first appeared in 1950, surviving in all its flouncy glory until 1998. It remains to be seen if even Strictly can last that long.

Claes Bang to star in BBC One’s Dracula adaptation

Claes Bang (Credit: BBC)

Inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic, Dracula will re-introduce the Transylvanian vampire to the world as he plans to terrorise Victorian London.

 “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Dracula, especially when the script is in the hands of the incredible talents of Steven Moffat [and] Mark Gatiss,” commented Claes Bang on his new role.

Rochelle and Marvin Humes host new BBC One music quiz show

Rochelle and Marvin Humes presenting Children In Need (Credit: BBC)

The show will see three couples every week guessing the song and artists of pop tracks in an effort to win the £10,000 prize.

Each segment will have popular songs from a variety of pop styles, dating from the sixties to the present day.

“This is our first standalone show together and the fact it’s a format based on our love of music makes it all the more rewarding,” commented Rochelle and Marvin on their new roles.

“We frequently put each other’s knowledge to the test at home, so we cannot wait to see how the contestants get on.”