It spent 12 days fulfilling essentially the most sombre a part of its remit, reporting on and reflecting the nation’s mourning of the Queen.
Now the BBC has the prospect to showcase its capability, if not responsibility, to additionally broadcast froth and theatre on a Friday night time with the return of its foremost mild leisure programme.
The opening present of Strictly Come Dancing was delayed from 17 September after the Queen’s loss of life. It returns on Friday , with the primary dwell present tomorrow . Fifteen new contestants making their strategy to the ballroom flooring within the hope of profitable the Glitterball trophy – and an unbelievable enhance to their profession.
For some, similar to the previous England captain or the Unfastened Ladies panellist, this is probably not their highpoint – however the great thing about Strictly is that they rub shoulders with these for whom profitable the competitors can be the last word launchpad.
This 12 months’s contestants embody former Arsenal and England defender Tony Adams, Bros frontman Matt Goss and Paralympian Ellie Symonds.
The favourites to win the competitors on Thursday night time had been Will Mellor, greatest often known as Gaz in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton and singer turned DJ Fleur East.
The latter two have triggered some controversy, with Skelton’s tap-dancing previous – she received an award from Ken Dodd greater than 20 years in the past – being revealed by Sunday newspapers regardless of her claims she can not dance.
East, in the meantime, admits her previous expertise as a dancer lays on added strain. Final Sunday, it was actor Kym Marsh’s flip – the Solar revealed she appeared on stage within the musical Saturday Night time Fever in London’s West Finish. So as to add insult to damage, she was even educated by former choose Arlene Phillips.
Marsh’s look is one thing of a marker for actuality TV stars: she had her large break in 2001’s PopStars – a proto-X-Issue that noticed her be part of the band HearSay. Now, she is a returning movie star in her personal proper after 13 years on Coronation Avenue.
Final 12 months, Rose Ayling-Ellis went from cleaning soap star to nationwide treasure after her win, which allowed her to pronounce she was leaving EastEnders – and would not be the token deaf character on future reveals.
Adams, a 33/1 exterior wager to win the competitors – though the general public typically loves an Ann Widdecombe-style trier – has stated coming near loss of life spurred him on to affix the programme.
He stated: “I’ve been requested just a few occasions. I had a psychological breakdown after I was 49 and dealing too laborious in China and I’ve simply bought time now. I’m not working an excessive amount of, my calendar’s fairly empty for the following three months so I simply thought yeah, go for it. After my coronary heart process – I practically died after I was 49 – my predominant artery was 99% closed and the stress of life. I’m a little bit of a born worrier, my mum was a worrier so I simply determined to take issues a bit simpler and get myself on a foolish present.”
Different contestants this 12 months embody Britain’s Received Expertise finalist Molly Rainford and Ted Lasso actor Ellie Taylor.
Strictly Come Dancing’s launch present airs on Friday 23 September from 7pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer