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Encyclopedia > Come Dancing

Come Dancing BBC TV ballroom dancing competition show that ran on and off from 1949 to 1995, becoming one of television's longest-running shows.

The show was created by Eric Morley, the founder of Miss World, and began in 1950 by broadcasting from regional ballroom studios, with professional dancers Syd Perkins and Edna Duffield on hand to offer teaching.

In 1953 the format changed to become a competition, with later series seeing regions of the United Kingdom going head to head for the coveted trophy.

The many presenters over the years included Peter West, Terry Wogan, Brian Johnston, Angela Rippon, Michael Aspel, Noel Edmonds, David Jacobs, Judith Chalmers, Peter Murray, and Rosemarie Ford.

In 2004, a re-launched celebrity version entitled Strictly Come Dancing, hosted by Bruce Forsyth, debuted on BBC One, and became a popular hit on Saturday evenings.

Come Dancing is also the title of a song by The Kinks.

External links

  • UK Gameshows Page: Come Dancing (http://www.ukgameshows.com/index.php/Come_Dancing)

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