Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Strictly Waltzes into Toon Again

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Strictly Waltzes into Toon Again

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Byline: Dave Morton Nostalgia Editor

STRICTLY Come Dancing waltzes into Toon tonight for the first of two shows at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena.

At the start of the millennium, if anyone had said ballroom dancing would soon become one of the big showbiz success stories, most people would have promptly told them to do the foxtrot.

In the event Strictly Come Dancing, which was launched on BBC1 in 2004, has gone on to be a smash hit on TV and in swish live shows around the arenas of Britain.

As the Strictly celebrities, professional dancers and judges get set for their Newcastle stint, we ask how and why did the show emerge? Plain old Come Dancing, which pre-dated Strictly, ran on the BBC from 1949 until 1998.

Created by Miss Worldfounder, Eric Morley, the show pitted ballroom dancing champions from around the regions against each other in pursuit of a coveted trophy.

Hosts included the likes of Terry Wogan, Pete Murray, Angela Rippon and even much-loved North East TV legend Mike Neville.

(Meanwhile, of course, dancing was hugely popular in the region during the '50s at the likes of Newcastle's Oxford Galleries, a venue where many future spouses would meet for the first time on the dance-floor).

The 'strictly' element of the new 2004 show was borrowed from the 1992 Australian film, Strictly Ballroom, which told of the ups and downs of a budding ballroom dancer. …

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