'Strictly' returns to screens in September on BBC One.
The nights are starting to draw in, the football season has started, and now another reminder that autumn is nearly upon has arrived with the news of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’s first contestant.
BBC Radio 2 DJ and presenter Jeremy Vine is the first celebrity name to be confirmed for the ever-popular dance competition. The news was announced on Vine’s Radio 2 colleague Chris Evans’s breakfast show on Monday (August 10th). The 50 year old presenter, who is stand-up comedian Tim Vine’s brother, told Evans: “How could I say no to the biggest show in TV? Yes, yes, yes and yes again to the sequins and the Samba!”
Jeremy Vine is the first contestant to be confirmed for 'Strictly' 2015
Winkleman takes over from Bruce Forsyth
The BBC’s entertainment correspondent, Lizo Mzimba said that, although Claudia Winkleman's appointment as host of Strictly Come Dancing was "not a huge surprise", it marked "a hugely significant step" for the BBC. "The new Strictly line-up is a clear demonstration of the BBC's determination to feature more women, particularly in its primetime output," he said.
Claudia Winkleman is taking a key role at Strictly
Winkleman takes over from Sir Bruce Forsyth with the legendary presenter leaving after facing criticism about his age. At the age of 86, he increasingly found live television "very strenuous". She has been a part of the show since it launched in 2004, presenting the BBC Two spin-off show It Takes Two until 2011. She also presents the Great British Sewing Bee and Film 2014, as well as the Arts Show on Radio 2 in what has been a fruitful career with the BBC so far.
Bruce Forsyth has had to cancel his appearance on 'Strictly' this weekend after being diagnosed with flu.
Bruce Forsyth has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Saturday show of 'Strictly Come Dancing' after suffering from a nasty onset of the dreaded flu.
It's rare for the 85-year-old entertainer to miss a day of work with his last absence from a show being in 2009 - a good record for someone of his age. However, the BBC has revealed that he is once again simply too ill to present the dance contest this week.
"Sir Bruce Forsyth has the flu and therefore isn't feeling well enough to present tomorrow's Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One," read a statement from the BBC. Don't worry too much though as the TV company also added, "The show looks forward to his return next week." Meanwhile, his place alongside Tess Daly has been temporarily usurped by Claudia Winkleman, whose usual post is the Sunday night results show.
Can the Great British Sewing Bee live up to the success of the Great British Bake-Off
Following in the footsteps of The Great British Bake Off, on BBC 2 is the next big thing in twinning National Pride with all things twee and old-fashioned. Or is it? The Great British Sewing Bee is going to struggle to gain the fanatical, finger-licking audience that The Great British Bake Off drew in because… well, because… it’s sewing. It’s making blouses and trousers. It’s not baking cakes. Yummy cakes, that you can make yourself and eat and share with friends. No one EVER, EVER gained as much satisfaction from completing a successful button hole as they did from baking a delectable tray of macaroons and that, my friends, is a FACT.
The Guardian’s review of the show displays a certain degree of sympathy towards the show’s presenter Claudia Winkleman, who is left to carry the show alone, with ne’er a sidekick in sight. “She does her best to fill Mel and Sue's shoes by performing a double act with herself,” writes Tom Meltzer. Even more sympathy, however, is due to the “poor models” who are dressed in purple robes throughout the show: “Whose idea was it to dress them in purple robes? They look like a team of Roman serving staff.”
However, over at The Mirror, the lovely Anthea Turner was full of praise for the show. Turner must be in patriotic mode, because she described the show as “very us and perfectly timed.” She backs up the claim by stating that “Sewing machine sales are rocketing and shopping channels like Create and Craft have seen a massive increase in sewing sales,” so we have to assume that she has a valid point.
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Introducing 'The Great British Bake-Off' spin-off, 'The Great British Sewing Bee' which looks to have made a promising start after Tuesday's episode.
Following the substantial success of 'The Great British Bake-Off', the BBC has returned with another TV contest; this time it's 'The Great British Sewing Bee'.
The baking show garnered a phenomenal amount of viewing in 2012, topping the BBC Two Weekly Ranking list for every episode of season three and reaching a whopping 6,743,000 viewers in the final episode. It has been the most successful season of 'The Great British Bake-Off' so it's without surprise that the BBC want to keep ratings high with a new spin-off show. 'The Great British Sewing Bee' sees judges May Martin from the WI academy and Savile Row suit designer Patrick Grant inspecting the sewing skills of a variety of stitching enthusiasts from 82-year-old needle ninja Ann who has been sewing since she was a young child, to 41-year-old mechanic Mark who used to make outfits as part of his steampunk passion. Presenting is Claudia Winkleman, former host of 'Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two', in an unusual change of scenery.
The first episode, which aired on April 2nd 2013, saw contestants attaching zips to skirts - a challenge that seemed a walk in the park for Ann, though contrastingly alien to Mark who fared much better in the made-to-measure dress challenge. As much as it feels like a bit of a 'cashing in' charade, it doesn't look like BBC2 are going to lose an audience over it as early reviews suggest a positive start.
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Claudia Winkleman loved the Bake Off so much, she was more than up for a Sewing Bee
Baking products went up in sales by around 600% during the peak of British Bake Off mania, so it was only a matter of time before the format was pushed into a different context. But is sewing the right one? Will be see a marked increase in needles and thread?
It’s ironic, really, that the BBC are trying to swap a few ingredients around to get the same results, such is the science of baking, but that’s exactly what they’re doing. Sewing Bee will hold the same format; contestants being judged on three weekly tasks by an expert in the field with a star sewer being decided on each episode. It’s designed for Bake Off fans, but with a twist. Can it work? Host Claudia Winkleman certainly thinks so. "I think it's exciting to see people making something from nothing,” she explained of the new series. "At one point they're asked to make a tailored jacket. I assumed they were made by wizards or dolphins, you can't be a human and just make a jacket, that's ridiculous, but they did it right in front of our eyes.” Winkelman will have to go round and bother people while they sew, and laugh about sewing, so, don’t ever say she’s got it easy. "The contestants would hate me because I'd go in and say, 'How's it going?' And they'd be like, 'Get out of my way'.
Claudia Winkleman has no arms, apparently
Continue reading: Can 'The Great British Sewing Bee' Rival The Bake Off?
No one throws a Halloween party like Jonathan Ross so it would seem! The great and the good of the celebrity world dressed up in their most unholy gladrags to attend a special party at the television presenter's house. Leading the way was (500 Days) Of Summer actress Chloe Moretz whose dripping black-painted make-up couldn't disguise a beaming smile from the teen star. Jamie Hince and Kate Moss were also in attendance, the musician and the model pulling off a damn fine look as Gomez and Morticia Addams from The Addams Family.
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15th January, 1972