Strictly just loves the seaside air


Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 6.50pm, Saturday November 21).

This year’s Strictly Come Dancing has already brought us some remarkable sights, whether it’s EastEnder Kellie Bright brandishing a lightsaber in a Star Wars-themed charleston, broadcaster Jeremy Vine astride a fake horse for a western-tinged tango, or Anton Du Beke at the top of the leaderboard.

However, it seems that could all have been just a warm-up as the show makes its now annual pilgrimage to the spiritual home of ballroom, Blackpool.

As Strictly Come Dancing’s executive producer, Louise Rainbow, says: “Blackpool has been the home to many very special Strictly moments. Who can forget Judy Murray flying up on balloons last year or 2013’s spectacular group performance with dancers aged eight to 80 to Young Hearts Run Free? Our annual visit to Blackpool really is the time when the competition hots up for our couples.”

Judge Craig Revel Horwood clearly can’t wait to pack his bucket and spade. He says: “I am thrilled that Strictly is returning to Blackpool once again this year – our yearly trip there is one of my highlights of the series! The Blackpool Tower ballroom is simply one of the most stunning ballrooms in the world and there is a real magic to the place.”