Strictly Come Dancing

The nation’s favourite dance and entertainment show

Pairing some of Britain’s most-loved celebrities with professional dance partners to battle it out in Ballroom and Latin, this glittering jewel of Saturday night entertainment is loved by audiences both in the UK around the world as Dancing with the Stars.

“Three letters darling, O, M, G”

Craig Revel Horwood

“The role of the Strictly final as a jubilant herald to the start of Christmas is assured.”

The Telegraph

The detail

A fixture in the Saturday night TV schedule of millions of families, multi-award winning Strictly Come Dancing is one of BBC Studios’ most successful entertainment formats, renowned for its stellar line-up of talent, humour and various spin-offs and specials such as the popular weekly daytime strip It Takes Two. 

In each season of Strictly on BBC One, celebrities are partnered with champion professional dancers and compete for audience votes through thirteen themed weeks of Ballroom and Latin dance. If contestants can survive the dreaded dance off long enough,  they get to perform in Blackpool’s iconic Tower Ballroom, before continuing their journey to the season finale and the chance to compete for the coveted Glitterball trophy. But each step along the road places them under the scrutiny of four formidable judges: former principal dancer of Royal Ballet, Darcey Bussell; flamboyant dancer and choreographer, Bruno Tonioli; choreographer and director Craig Revel-Horwood; and most recently former British champion head judge Len Goodman who left the show in 2016.

Hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, Strictly has featured many of the nation’s best-known names in the worlds of television, politics, music and sport. From Jerry Hall, Peter Andre, Alesha Dixon, Ed Balls and Ann Widdecombe to Will Young, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jay McGuiness, Louis Smith, and ore oduba, our most recent champion, the format has shown us a different side of some of the most famous figures in modern Britain, and generated some of the most talked-about TV moments.

Strictly has won 29 awards since it launched in 2004 and has been sold to over 40 territories internationally. The latest series saw over 11 million viewers watching each week on average, making it the BBC’s most successful entertainment format of 2016. The final saw 13.1 million viewers tuning in, a staggering 53.5 per cent audience share.