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BBC to mark Strictly Come Dancing’s 20th anniversary with one-off special


BBC to mark Strictly Come Dancing’s 20th anniversary with one-off special

The BBC has announced a special one-off retrospective episode of Strictly Come Dancing to mark the show’s 20th anniversary.

Made by BBC Studios Entertainment Productions, the programme promises a journey through 20 years of memorable performances with commentary from past celebrity stars, professional dancers and judges.

Kalpna Patel-Knight, Head of Entertainment at the BBC said:

“Strictly Come Dancing is more than just a TV show, it has become an integral part of British culture, bringing families together and inspiring viewers of all ages to embrace the joy of dance. Throughout its 20-year history, the show has launched careers, sparked trends, and touched the hearts of millions with its dazzling performances, emotional journeys, and unforgettable moments and we will be showcasing it all in this very special programme.”

l-r original judges Bruno Tonioli, Arlene Phillips, Len Goodman and Craig Revel-Horwood

l-r current judges Shirley Ballas, Anton du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse

Since its debut in 2004, Strictly Come Dancing has become a critically acclaimed hit, winning multiple awards and becoming a global phenomenon. The show’s recent win at the BAFTA TV Awards 2024 for Best Entertainment category marks its continued success.

The show has become one of the Beeb’s best known and well-loved programmes, with last year’s series pulling in an average of 9m for the main Saturday night show (28 Day BARB 4-Screens) and achieving 46.5m iPlayer Hours in 2023 (an increase of 5.4m/13% from 2022).

Suzy Lamb, Managing Director, BBC Studios Entertainment said:

“From glittering Ballroom numbers to high-energy Latin routines, the show continues to push the boundaries of dance and entertainment and we want viewers to join us in raising a toast to 20 years of sparkle and shine in the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom.”

The anniversary show – yet to be given an official title by the beeb – will have a runtime of 75 minutes.

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