Television

What’s It All About? At long last, the competition is about to start in earnest, with half of the group of celebrities taking to the dance floor for the first time; with the remainder making their debuts on Saturday.

Everyone will be hoping to impress the judges as well as the viewers, and the results of both sets of votes will be announced next week, when the first celeb will be given the boot.

Look Out For: Odd couple Colin Salmon and Kristina Rihanoff. He’s hugely tall, she’s rather diminutive - how they’ll cope ‘in hold’ is anybody’s guess.

And then there’s lovely Johnny Ball, the show’s oldest ever competitor at 74. He’s also the father of Zoë, who came third in the contest in 2005 and is now the host of Strictly’s sister show, It Takes Two.

Johnny says: “I kept it secret from Zoë for over six weeks, which I hated doing, as we tell each other everything.

“She is over the moon with excitement. I know that on It Takes Two she will be as impartial as is possible for a girl who loves her dad.

“For me, the great worry is causing her embarrassment.”