Tag Archives: professional

Cash Cow, Hampstead Theatre

“How much does she owe us?” So ponder the now estranged parents of a former tennis pro, as they calculate the very literal investment they’ve put into their daughter. This probing new play from Oli Forsyth – well timed for … Continue reading

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Pasha Kovalev leaves Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing fans went into mourning today following news that popular professional dancer Pasha Kovalev is leaving the BBC show. As his statement attests, Kovalev had an incredibly successful eight years, notching up 93 perfect 10s from the judges, reaching four finals, … Continue reading

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Brendan Cole chat on BBC Radio

I joined Gayle Lofthouse on her BBC radio show to discuss Brendan Cole’s exit from Strictly Come Dancing. Click here to listen to the interview (I’m on at about 2hr 40min)

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Strictly Speaking: Launch show

Sci-fi nonsense, ringer protestations and Ed “Glitter” Balls: our introduction to the class of 2016. Read my full Dancing Times blog here

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Strictly preview, Cuban flop and switching lead

My articles in the September issue of Dancing Times magazine, out now: Strictly Speaking Farewell to Len Goodman and hello to new pros in our Strictly preview Vamos Cuba! Nilda Guerra’s new Sadler’s Wells show is oddly uninspired Stepping Out Tackling the thorny topic of switching lead New in … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking Week 6

 Well, look – we all know Halloween Week is godawful. There’s just no getting around it. Unfortunately, some deluded producer seems determined to keep it on the schedule, so for their sake, let us go through the top ten blindingly … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking Week 5

This week on Strictly Come Casualty, Craig’s hip op gifted him a giant Bond villain sparkly throne, a garbled Bruce seemingly dipped into Craig’s meds, and from among the assorted dance injuries emerged a clutch of wildly confused dances. Has Fusion … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking Week 3

And so to Luuuuuurve Week, meaning the set became a nauseating shrine to DIY bargain-basement tackiness. Why? Truly, we may never know. It’s up there with the great mysteries of the age, like what was really in that briefcase in Pulp … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: launch show

It’s back! Forget X Factor, forget Stepping Out, if you can (my eyes! Oh, my eyes!), for Strictly Come Dancing, the real star of Saturday-night entertainment, has returned, and it’s as joyously deranged as ever.  We have a new studio (lovely big floor), new … Continue reading

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It takes four to tan-go

Following hot on the (Cuban) heels of departing Doctor Who Matt Smith, this week saw the mass exodus from Strictly Come Dancing of long-standing and, in some cases, long-suffering professionals Erin Boag, Vincent Simone, Flavia Cacace and Aliona Vilani. Can the newbies possibly follow in … Continue reading

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