Come Dancing

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For the Kinks song, see Come Dancing (song). For the Goodies episode, see Come Dancing (The Goodies).
Come Dancing
Genre Talent show
Created by Eric Morley
Presented by Various presenters
Narrated by Ray Moore
Bruce Hammal
Charles Nove
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Original network BBC One
Original release 1949 (1949) – 29 December 1998 (1998-12-29)
Followed by Strictly Come Dancing

Come Dancing was a British ballroom dancing competition show that ran on and off on the BBC from 1949 to 1998, becoming one of television's longest-running shows.

The show was created by Eric Morley, the founder of Miss World, and began in 1949 by broadcasting from regional ballroom studios, with professional dancers Syd Perkin 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, McDonald Hobley, Charles Nove, Terry Wogan, Brian Johnston, Angela Rippon, Michael Aspel, Noel Edmonds, David Jacobs, Judith Chalmers, Pete Murray, and Rosemarie Ford. Commentators included Ray Moore and Bruce Hammal.

In 2004, a re-launched celebrity version entitled Strictly Come Dancing, hosted by Bruce Forsyth (2004–13), Tess Daly, Zoe Ball (2011–) and Claudia Winkleman (2014–) debuted on BBC One, and became a popular hit on Saturday evenings. The title is a pastiche of the titles of both the 1992 Australian film Strictly Ballroom and Come Dancing. The format of the newer show has been successfully exported to other countries under the name Dancing with the Stars.

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