WE have seen incredible feats of strength on Strictly Come Dancing over the years.
Think Anton Du Beke dragging Ann Widdecombe onto the dance floor. . . and more recently, the tenacity of the creators of the series to have two series broadcast during a global pandemic.
The 2021 series peaks on Saturday. But producers face another hurdle when hosting this year’s traditional reunion dance featuring the stars and their professional partners.
I can confirm that comedian and actor Robert Webb will not be returning, having left the contest in October for health reasons. This means Australian pro Dianne Buswell could be without a partner.
She could still team up with Greg Wise, whose pro partner Karen Hauer has a knee injury and will be out of action until the New Year.
If that wasn’t enough, there’s a chill in the air in the studios as Nina Wadia prepares to return after describing the judges as “shocking and horrific”.
A TV insider said, “There’s no indication the dance won’t take place, but it’s going to be difficult to organize.
“Not only do they have so many more people to organize to be as safe as possible against Covid, but they have two dropouts and a celebrity that isn’t exactly the flavor of the month with the cast and crew.
“But given the past four months, producers will find a way to do it, one way or another. “
Since the start of this series, two celebrities and two dance pros have been forced to take a step back after catching Covid. Then Ugo Monye injured his back, causing the rugby specialist to miss a week.
And around the same time, Robert had to quit completely due to fears for his heart after undergoing major surgery last year.
Meanwhile, Covid has forced judges Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse to each miss an episode and go into self-isolation.
Despite all of this, the Strictly production team did an admirable job keeping the show on the road.
And we ended up with three worthy celebrities for this weekend’s finale in Bake Off winner John Whaite, actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and presenter AJ Odudu.
It’s just a shame that something as minor as the reunion dance gives bosses a headache. . . just when the end was in sight.
Four Lives start date announced
The BBC has confirmed a January start date for the drama Four Lives, starring Sheridan Smith, which examines the fate of relatives and friends of young men murdered by serial killer Stephen Port, played by Stephen Merchant.
It follows the conclusion of an investigation into the deaths.
Attack on “not sexy” Christmas hits
CELEBRITY Juice captain Emily Atack has been romantically linked to one of our biggest soccer stars in Jack Grealish.
But she insists that she doesn’t always choose her men.
On Celebrity Juice’s festive Thursday special on ITV2, she says she struggles to get kissed by guys she used to go to school with – and accuses Christmas tunes of failing his chances.
Emily said, “I can’t stand Christmas carols because I’m coming home, and you want to get away with the guy who had a school glow so you get ready.”
“And then you go to the pub and all the Christmas carols are heard.”
“But I can’t dance provocatively to Christmas tunes. I’m sick of Christmas tunes, I can’t get along with anyone.
It’s the spirit, Emily.
Eye think line was the star
STARSTRUCK is the long awaited ITV reboot of Stars in their Eyes, even if it lacks the famous slogan: “Tonight Matthew, I’m going be…”
The legendary line, spoken in the introduction by each candidate, is not rephrased in honor of new host Jason Manford.
Speaking on the My Time Capsule podcast, ex-host Matthew Kelly says Jason is absent.
He said: “The best thing about this slogan was that it contained my name. I didn’t make it up and I was the only one who couldn’t tell.
“People couldn’t come to me and say, ‘Come on, say that line!’ Why would I say that to myself? I could not.
The new show airs next year, and Matthew reckons Jason is on a good gig, saying, “What was great was the bettors were doing all the work and I was getting all the money. Absolute genius.
A whole new level for Carr
He’s used to stand-up in front of tough crowds, but Alan Carr’s last gig took things to a whole new level.
As part of the organization of this year’s Royal Variety Performance at Albert Hall, he took part in a sensational acrobatic act with the daring Messoudi Brothers.
Albert Hall’s show, which airs this Sunday on ITV, saw the comedian suddenly reveal a physique that looked oddly ripped, with tough abs and perfect pecs.
But there was no way to fake the gravity-defying feats he was at the center of as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked on.
However, even though they did appear in front of royalty, it wasn’t as decisive as the last time the brothers appeared on TV.
It was an audition for talent show king Simon Cowell on America’s Got Talent.
After all, if Wills and Kate aren’t impressed, they can’t rock them off the stage.
Midwives facing a brutal intrigue
IT IS the sweet BBC drama that has captivated viewers for nearly a decade.
But the creator of Call the Midwife says his eleventh series will include a brutal twist.
Heidi Thomas has said that nurses at Nonnatus House will end the series in “jeopardy”.
She said: “Nonnatus has been threatened many times, but it has always been bricks and mortar.
“And this time it’s the people who are in danger. But when I realized what was coming out of my head and hands on the computer screen, I couldn’t believe it.
The series has always combined the raw and the sweet, so viewers can expect some romance for Trixie.
Helen George, who plays Trixie, said: “It’s really a friendship and a support mechanism, it gets for both of them, before it gets to something romantic, and I think it takes a lot of their time. for…
“I think it’s one of those things that everyone can see around them, before they see it themselves. “
Heidi added, “Yes, Trixie’s romance with the wonderful Matthew is just getting better and better.
“And it was really interesting to follow Cyril and Lucille as newlyweds during the first year of their married life. They face specific challenges, you see these ups and downs in married life. “
Heidi said she was still in awe of the fact that the series had managed to span a decade. But she thinks it all comes down to the heart of Midwife Appeal.
She said: “The secret to success – I think it’s sincerity, we really mean it, we don’t sit down to create an engine or a Leviathan that’s featured in over 200 countries around the world.
“We care about our stories. We care about the people in them. And we really mean it.
“And I think it’s fair to say that over the decade that we have now, we’ve had a lot of imitators, which we all seem to have survived, or most of them anyway.
“Because people have tried to do what we do, but you can’t copy the sincerity. It cannot be done.
“Basically you have three fiery middle-aged women saying, what are we going to do now?” What do we care about? What needs to change? Well, come on, let’s tell this story.
Call the midwife’s festive special tunes on Christmas Day and Series 11 begins January 2, 2022.
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