Strictly Come Dancing

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.

Strictly favourites return for Christmas special

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2018 line up

The line-up consists of some of the show’s most popular contestants including Anita Rani, Ann Widdecombe, Caroline Flack, Aston Merrygold, Jake Wood and Michael Vaughan.

Based on fairy tales the stars will be performing Christmas-inspired routines to win the Silver Star trophy.

 

Anita Rani, TV presenter

RTS award-winner Rani is recently known for her presenting segments on The One Show and Countryfile.

Rani competed in the 13th series of the dancing show.

Here's the full line-up of celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing 2018

Take a look at the celebrities putting on their dancing shoes for this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Susannah Constantine


Susannah Constantine (Credit: BBC)

Fashion guru Constantine worked with the likes of Giorgio Armani and John Galliano before establishing herself as a style writer, author and TV presenter.

Disney's new kids series promises pure magic

The pair are among a talented roster of British talent who will feature in new animated comedy series, Sadie Sparks.

Launching on the Disney Channel in early 2019, the show follows 14-year-old Sadie, who finds out she has magical abilities and becomes a wizard in training – under the guidance of a very old, very grumpy rabbit Gilbert (Hound), who has been sent to help her harness her skills.

BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are? returns for 15th series

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This year’s line-up of history hungry stars includes British actress and newly minted star of The Crown Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), pop icon Boy George, comedian Lee Mack, former JLS member Marvin Humes and Our Girl actor Michelle Keegan.

Olivia Colman will journey from Norfolk to India, embarking on the discovery of a diverse heritage and Lee Mack’s investigation uncovers that comedy runs in the family.

Full celebrity line-up announced for Strictly Come Dancing

This year's series will see the return of judges Craig Revel-Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell, with new addition Shirley Ballas, who is replacing Len Goodman as Head Judge.

See the full line-up of all fifteen celebrities putting on their dancing shoes this Autumn, all with a chance of winning the glitterball trophy.

New professional dancers join the Strictly Come Dancing line up

The three new professional dancers are all champions in their own right from the world of Ballroom and Latin dancing.

Dianne Buswell from Australia, Nadiya Bychkova from Ukraine and Amy Dowden from Wales will join the new series.

The three new professional dancers will replace Joanne Clifton and Oksana Platero who are leaving the series, along with Natalie Lowe who previously announced she would not be returning.

Shirley Ballas confirmed as Strictly Come Dancing head judge

Shirley Ballas (Credit: BBC)

Known as the Queen of Latin, Ballas is one of the most decorated professional dancers in the world, and is a three-time British Open to the World Latin American champion and 10-time United States Latin American champion.

Since retiring from competitive dancing in 1996, she has worked as a coach to top professional and amateur dancers, and as an adjudicator for ballroom and Latin American competitions around the world.