Category Archives: TV

Jazz roots

Zak Nemorin discusses his enlightening new documentary, which explores the true origins of jazz dance. Read my full Dancing Times article here

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‘Inappropriate’, ‘grotesque’: why the outrage over Caroline Quentin’s Strictly arm-lick is justified

Strictly is no stranger to peculiar moves. There was John Sergeant dragging his partner across the floor like a wet towel in his paso doble. Russell Grant being fired out of a cannon. And who can forget Ed Balls’ infamous … Continue reading

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‘Diana was a cat – a pampered, domesticated cat’: how Emma Corrin learnt to move like a princess

Who links Freddie Mercury, Elvis, Princess Diana and Bond’s latest nemesis? The in-demand movement director Polly Bennett, who helped Rami Malek to an Oscar for Bohemian Rhapsody, and is a key member of The Crown’s creative team. Read my full Telegraph interview here

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Strictly Speaking: Week 5

Well. This was not one of Strictly’s better outings. Our Staycation Blackpool Week sadly took all the worst elements of that usual jaunt – judging hysteria, inconsistent scores – without actually giving us the pleasure of performances at the Tower Ballroom. … Continue reading

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Lucky escape for Clara Amfo after viewers’ votes correct injustice on Strictly’s Blackpool special

Normally, we can chalk up the judges’ erratic Blackpool Week scoring to over excitement at being at the Tower Ballroom. What, then, to make of their bizarre decision-making while still in the studio? Can you get staycation sunstroke? Read my … Continue reading

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The Crown’s greatest insult: why Charles would never have called Mountbatten a ‘quisling’

The latest series of The Crown has come under fire for its many inaccuracies – from the way that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher speaks to The Queen, to the out-of-season pheasant shoot in August. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Strictly Speaking: Week 4

This was quite the Bizarro World Strictly, with a sadly absent Nicola and Katya, Motsi joining Bruno in Zoom purgatory, and Anton du Beke finally wearing the producers down and getting his shot at judging – the equivalent of a … Continue reading

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Clara Amfo was the clear standout during a dramatic week for Strictly Come Dancing

There was drama both on and off the Strictly floor this week, with the sad departure of Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, due to a positive Covid test, and Anton du Beke stepping in for quarantining judge Motsi Mabuse. Read my … Continue reading

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Nicola Adams’ ruthless Covid axing is the beginning of the end for Strictly 2020

After landing in the dreaded dance-off last week, Nicola Adams confronted the terrible possibility of leaving Strictly Come Dancing. Now, the worst has happened, but for a completely different reason: her professional partner, Katya Jones, has tested positive for Covid-19, taking them … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 3

You know what I didn’t need during a week where I’ve barely slept, my body now programmed to wake up at 3am, lunge for my phone and frantically check the Philadelphia count? The absolute, unadulterated nightmare fuel that was Strictly … Continue reading

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