BBC Radio 2's Richie Anderson talks to Dancing on Ice's Executive Producer Clodagh O’Donoghue, Series Editor Sam Rees Jones and Creative Producer, Sita Patel to find out what it takes to make the programme, what it’s like filming on ice, what happens when there are slip ups, how the team revived the show and their most enjoyable moments.
Dancing on Ice
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will once again host the proceedings, with John Barrowman joining the judging panel of Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill and Ashley Banjo.
Here are the confirmed contestants.
Myleene Klass topped the UK singles charts twice as one fifth of the band Hear’Say, formed during ITV’s Popstars in 2001. Now a solo classical artist and TV and radio presenter, she has hosted shows including Popstar to Operastar, Loose Women and The One Show.
It was a remarkable moment in British TV, when two men skated on to the ice to perform together in a prime-time show. Hearts melted across the nation, from the Dancing on Ice studio to millions watching at home.
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.
Actor, comedian and rapper Richard Blackwood is best known for his time on EastEnders playing police informant Vincent Hubbard, who departed the square last April.
Call the Midwife
BBC One, 7.45pm
The much-loved period drama Call the Midwife is back for another well-stuffed Christmas special.
Writer Heidi Thomas provides Christmas cheer, as the sisters at Nonnatus House look after four orphans and a new born baby, and are treated to a baby ballet show.
It is one of the greatest dilemmas in popular telly – when to persist with a popular franchise, give it a lick of paint and some new talent, and when to mothball it, only to drag it out of the store cupboard, to enchant a whole new generation of TV viewers.
In recent years, we have seen such enduring favourites as Blind Date, Top Gear, Dancing on Ice and Robot Wars revamped and returned, with the aim of recapturing loyal audiences and attracting new ones.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are returning to host the skating extravaganza, with Olympic champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean taking seats on the judging panel alongside two more judges who are yet to be announced.
Celebrity skaters will take to the ice in a bid to twirl their way to victory, with a new line-up of skating professionals, and more ambitious routines than ever before.