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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Road to 25 Seasons: Casting Key to Broad Appeal

14 September 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Pairing celebrities with professional dancers in a competition series may not be unique to “Dancing With the Stars” — after all, the show itself is a reformat of BBC’s popular “Strictly Come Dancing,” which is heading into its own 15th season. But the success “Dancing” has seen for its production company, BBC Worldwide Prods., as well as its network, ABC, most certainly is.

In its 24th season, “Dancing’s” premiere drew more than 12 million live and same-day viewers and averaged more than 10 million viewers per episode. “It’s among the most-watched shows in all of broadcast television, and as the audience gets more and more splintered every year, that becomes more and more valuable to us. That’s really the lifeblood of our business,” says Rob Mills, ABC’s senior vice president of alternative series, specials and late-night programming.

Now about to celebrate the launch of its 25th season, “Dancing” is also a global brand. BBC Worldwide »

- Danielle Turchiano

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Susan Calman same-sex pairing row: is fancying your partner Strictly necessary?

11 September 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Some BBC viewers have said Calman’s dance partner should be female, but ballroom dancing is more about theatre and glitter than real sexual chemistry

Strictly has chosen the traditional format of mixed-sex couples and at the moment we have no plans to introduce same-sex couples in the competition.” For guidance, they added efficiently, same-sex couples are not something they have ruled out for the future.

If you don’t keep up with Strictly news, you will be wondering what the hell is going on: one of the contestants is the comedian Susan Calman, who has been paired with the professional dancer Kevin Clifton, whose face and/or moves had already impressed her so much that she has his picture on her fridge. The problem is that Strictly has come to occupy a place in culture so prominently that the underlying dilemmas of the culture are ventriloquised by its editorial decisions – that is, »

- Zoe Williams

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Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood backs call for same-sex pairs

11 September 2017 3:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

‘You only have to decide who’s going to go backwards,’ says judge, predicting that change could happen next year

The Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has backed a call for the BBC to feature same-sex couples on its hit dancing show and predicted it could happen next year.

His comments come after the BBC said there were no plans to make the move on Strictly. The broadcaster was responding to comments made by the Rev Richard Coles, a contestant on this year’s show, who argued it made “no sense” that anyone would resist having dancers of the same gender taking to the floor together.

And for the (hopefully) last time

I wanted to dance with a man

I am not being held hostage by the BBC

I'm still well gay and proud of it pic.twitter.com/tIsjjIkqy7

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- Nadia Khomami

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Strictly Come Dancing: no plans for same-sex couples, BBC says

10 September 2017 5:52 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Contestant Richard Coles said it made no sense to resist idea after Susan Calman was criticised for not having a female partner

There are no plans to introduce same-sex couples to Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC has said.

The broadcaster was responding after contestant the Rev Richard Coles argued it made “no sense” that anyone would resist having dancers of the same gender taking to the floor together in the hit programme.

Related: Strictly Come Dancing 2017: all the contestants – ranked

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- Press Association

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Strictly Come Dancing 2017: the launch night – as it happened

9 September 2017 12:41 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Glitter gang, unite! Strictly is back and there’s a whole new batch of ballroom stars waiting to be paired with their partners. You joined us for every sparkling second

8.41pm BST

So that was the first instalment. There might not have been any big stars, but there was charm, glitter and great moves by the bucketful. Thanks very much for joining me. Here’s a final thought from sojomo.

I had forgotten how long it goes on.

Legs crossed time.

Must remember for the coming weeks: really shouldn't have so much to drink.

8.36pm BST

So judging by the group dance to Kenny Loggins’s Footloose, Chizzy is a useful mover, Debbie McGee can dance, Charlotte Hawkins has all the animation of a fossil and the hip-thrusting Rev is this year’s Ed Balls.

8.34pm BST

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- Alex Needham

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Wild About the BBC

9 September 2017 6:43 AM, PDT | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

If there’s one Great British institution that comes in for some flack on a regular basis, it’s the good old BBC. While to many that should just be ‘the old BBC’, with a new series of Strictly Come Dancing (I’m not that big on brevity) looming large, the snipers should be silenced, at least until Christmas. But as this is only a temporary measure, what’s the one thing that the broadcasting giant can count on all year round? Why, Mother Nature of course.

Whether it’s a tiger hunting, a flock of flamingos, or something a bit closer to home like fox clubs at play, these are the things that go some way to justifying the licence fee. Yes, the licence fee; that bone of contention that always leaves the general public feeling a little, well, ripped-off. One failed sitcom after another, overpaid presenters, plus the sporting calendar dwindling every year, »

- Dan Green

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Losing their shine: X Factor and Strictly kick off in fight for survival

8 September 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Hit Saturday night TV shows are struggling with falling ratings and lacklustre line-ups, but the contest format is far from dead, say experts

Saturday night viewing has long been dominated by the battle between X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing, but with ratings for Simon Cowell’s music show at a record low, and an underwhelming line-up for the latest Strictly, the fight may be turning into one simply for survival.

Related: Strictly Come Dancing 2017: all the contestants – ranked

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- Nadia Khomami

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Saturday's best TV: Strictly Come Dancing; Last Night of the Proms; The X Factor

8 September 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The dancing competition cha-cha-chas back on to our screens for the 15th time, there’s the usual rousing finale at the Royal Albert Hall and the joyous auditions stage continues

Strictly is back for a 15th series, with head judge Len replaced by Wirral-born Shirley Ballas, known in dancing circles as “the Queen of Latin”. She’ll be flanked by Bruno, Craig and Darcy, but will she tolerate Bruno’s standup judging style? Contestants including the Rev Richard Coles, Ruth Langsford and telly chef Simon Rimmer will be paired up, while last year’s winner Ore Oduba will be showing them how it’s done with an intimidating opening routine. Ben Arnold

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- Ben Arnold, Jonathan Wright, Hannah Verdier, Ellen E Jones, Graeme Virtue, Jack Seale, Ali Catterall and Paul Howlett

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This week’s best TV: Jk Rowling’s Strike is back on the case

8 September 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in The Silkworm, while it’s time to welcome some new faces to Strictly Come Dancing

Following the success of the first of the BBC’s Robert Galbraith/Jk Rowling adaptations, The Cuckoo’s Calling, here’s another. This time around, troubled Pi Cormoran Strike investigates the disappearance of a writer with his fair share of enemies. Could it be a publicity stunt, an affair or something more sinister?

10 September, 9pm, BBC1

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- The Guide

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Fearne Cotton webchat – your questions answered on Keith Lemon, Teletubbies and the future of radio

7 September 2017 6:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The presenter and writer spilled the beans on anger management, meeting the Royals and what she really thought of the ropiest Live Lounge performances

2.11pm BST

Thank you so much for the really interesting, thought-provoking and cool questions. I hope you all have a cracking Thursday afternoon in the pissing rain. And good luck all kids who started school this week. Bye!

2.06pm BST

PimpmasterFlex 3d asks:

Do you think Strictly is losing its mojo?

No. It's terribly sad that Bruce died and there will be a different feel to it this series because he passed away. But my god I think Claudia and Tess are the most brilliant duo. I think they're great together. This is the great thing about TV - there's room for moving dramas and move for simply feelgood entertainment where there's no agenda and it's just people wearing beautiful outfits and doing sometimes beautiful dance routines. »

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Strictly Come Dancing 2017: all the contestants – ranked

7 September 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Who’s a Terminator? Who’s a crude filler figure? And whose 80s pop career will make them a monster on the dance floor? As Strictly kicks off, we answer all your key questions about this year’s sparkling stars

Strictly Come Dancing begins on Saturday, and this year’s lineup is ready to go. One will win. Others will lose. Some will be bad but popular, and find themselves at the centre of a heaving maelstrom of criticism that will embarrass everyone when viewed with any amount of perspective. All will have left their partners by next Easter. Still, let’s rank this year’s Strictly crop in reverse order of perceived ability.

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- Stuart Heritage

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Steven Moffat Says Jodie Whittaker’s First Doctor Who Scenes Are “Great”

24 August 2017 11:38 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Steven Moffat might be officially out of the loop now, but being a former showrunner of Doctor Who still has its advantages. Just like former star Matt Smith was able to needle the identity of the new Doctor from the BBC, Moffat has been sent Jodie Whittaker’s first scenes in the role.

He revealed this fact, which is sure to make fans everywhere foam with jealousy, in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magzine (via Radio Times), where he wrote:

Jodie Whittaker – what an amazing, thrilling, brand new choice. Like all of you, I’ve been poring over every picture, examining every performance, searing her into my brain. I see her face when I close my eyes. I now think she’s been the Doctor for 20 years! Remember that little announcement film? Fills me with nostalgia.”

“Her very first performance as the Doctor is in the can. And here’s the thing. »

- Christian Bone

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Strictly speaking, Tess Daly is doing just fine | Brief letters

24 August 2017 10:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

White-haired women on TV | Strictly Come Dancing | Scottish spellings | French nouns

It’s not just the sexism and prejudice at the BBC (Why no white-haired women on the BBC?, Letters, 22 August). Many women simply don’t want to see a white-haired woman in the mirror. The reasons for this need investigation; perhaps Susie Orbach could write another book: White Hair Is a Feminist Issue?

Dr Brigid Purcell

Norwich

Peter Bradshaw wishes that Strictly Come Dancing’s Tess Daly is one day “allowed” to “present a show with a man 40 years her junior” (TV’s gender game, 24 August). Has he not noticed that she in fact presents Strictly herself now – together with another woman (Claudia Winkleman)? Or is the idea of women presenting such primetime shows themselves, without being accompanied by a man of any age, just a bit too much for his own gendered perspective to take in? Do keep up, »

- Letters

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Alexandra Burke, Mollie King and Debbie McGee join Strictly Come Dancing

21 August 2017 11:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Jonnie Peacock, Susan Calman and Ruth Langsford also among contestants taking part in new series of BBC’s hit show

A reverend, a former magician’s assistant, a talent contest star, a soap actor and a chef. They may sound like the subjects of a long-winded joke, but these are just some of the contestants who will be featuring in the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The lineup, which seems more eclectic than ever, will pit figures such as Debbie McGee, the widow and former assistant of magician Paul Daniels, against former Saturdays singer Mollie King, broadcaster the Rev Richard Coles and X Factor winner Alexandra Burke.

Related: It takes two to tango: ‘How I found love on the dancefloor’

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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen

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Sir Bruce Forsyth dies aged 89 – video obituary

18 August 2017 12:12 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

TV entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89 at his home on Friday afternoon. He was best known for hosting Strictly Come Dancing, and popular game shows including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right, and The Price Is Right. Forsyth enjoyed a career in showbusiness spanning 75 years

Bruce Forsyth, king of UK gameshows, dies aged 89

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Bruce Forsyth, king of UK gameshows, dies aged 89

18 August 2017 12:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Forsyth, known as host of Play Your Cards Right, Strictly Come Dancing and The Generation Game has died

Mark Lawson: he made Saturday nights swingObituary: TV presenter in a class of his ownShare your tributes and memories

Sir Bruce Forsyth, best known for hosting The Generation Game and Strictly Come Dancing, has died at the age of 89.

The TV entertainer died at his home on Friday afternoon, with his wife, Wilnelia, and his children beside him. He had recently contracted bronchial pneumonia.

Related: Bruce Forsyth – a life in pictures

He was the King of TV, the Prince of performers and the most generous of people... all toe-tapping twinkle, all kindness, all love....

The Bruce you saw really was the man he was. We'll miss him so much.

Extremely sad news that Sir Bruce Forsyth has past away My thoughts with @LadyForsyth & all the family He was a true legend and inspiration

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- Damien Gayle and agencies

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Bruce Forsyth, UK Gameshow Host and TV Legend, Dies at 89

18 August 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bruce Forsyth, TV legend and host for various game shows such as “The Price Is Right,” has died. He was 89. According to the BBC, the former “Strictly Come Dancing” presenter had been unwell for quite some time and was in the hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection. He died at his home Friday afternoon surrounded by his wife and children. According to The Guardian, Forsyth recently contracted bronchial pneumonia. Also Read: Christopher Titus to Host 'Pawn Stars' Spinoff Gameshow (Exclusive) “It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Didn't he do well: how Bruce Forsyth made Saturday nights swing

18 August 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

He was a one-man variety act, a singing, dancing, joking, hosting whirlwind of niceness whose extraordinary TV career spanned a staggering eight decades

Records, it is often said, are made to be broken. But the showbiz career of Sir Bruce Forsyth – from a teenage music hall act as “Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom” to Strictly Come Dancing – will surely only be beaten if someone can achieve an even more spectacular combination of precocity, longevity and ability to adapt to new entertainment formats. Remarkably, his TV credits spanned three quarters of a century – most of the medium’s lifetime.

Related: Bruce Forsyth, king of UK gameshows, dies aged 89

So long was his career that he appealed to successive sets of fans as a surrogate brother, husband, father and grandad

Related: Bruce Forsyth – a life in pictures

Strictly gave him a final ratings-topping hit, still showing the fast feet of a trained dancer

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- Mark Lawson

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Sir Bruce Forsyth obituary: a TV presenter in a class of his own

18 August 2017 9:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Entertainer who began his career in variety and became an enduringly popular TV host

How Bruce Forsyth made Saturday nights swingA life in picturesShare your tributes and memories

Bruce Forsyth, who has died aged 89, was associated with some of the most successful shows in television history, from Sunday Night at the London Palladium in the late 1950s to The Generation Game in the 1970s and, for a decade from 2004, Strictly Come Dancing, a light-entertainment phenomenon that attracts a third of the viewing audience to BBC1 on a Saturday night.

As a compere, game-show host and fleet-footed comedian, he was in a class of his own, providing an authentic link between the old days of variety, where he started as a youthful sensation during the second world war, and the new craze for audience participation and reality television. He had appeared in variety (and indeed on the golf course) with the great Max Miller, »

- Michael Coveney

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Bruce Forsyth, Legendary British Entertainer, Dies at 89

18 August 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Legendary British entertainer and television personality Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89, it was announced Friday by his manager Ian Wilson.

A statement from Wilson said: “It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children.”

The popular variety entertainer, who was a mainstay of British television from the 1970s onwards, made his television debut at age 14 singing and dancing on a talent show. He became a household name in the U.K. in the late 1950s after being invited to take over from comedian Tommy Trinder as host of television variety show “Sunday Night at the London Palladium” in 1958.

In the 1970s he proved popular as a gameshow host, fronting the long-running “The Generation Game” for the BBC before moving to rival broadcaster ITV to host another long-running gameshow, “Play »

- Robert Mitchell

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