Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

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Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two
Also known asStrictly: It Takes Two
It Takes Two
Developed byBBC
Presented by
  • Dan McGrath
  • Josh Phillips
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series15
No. of episodes910 (as of 14 December 2018)[1]
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time
  • 30 minutes (Monday-Thursday)
  • 60 minutes (Friday)
Original networkBBC Two
Picture format16:9 (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release25 October 2004 (2004-10-25) –
Preceded byStrictly Come Dancing: On Three
Related showsStrictly Come Dancing
External links

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (also known as Strictly: It Takes Two or simply It Takes Two) is a British television programme, the companion show to the popular BBC One programme Strictly Come Dancing. First aired on 25 October 2004, it is broadcast from Monday to Thursday during the run of the main show on BBC Two at 6:30 pm, with an hour-long edition on Fridays at 6pm.

Claudia Winkleman originally presented the show, however she left at the end of the 2010 series and now presents the main show, taking Sir Bruce Forsyth's place. Since October 2011, Zoe Ball has presented the show.[2] On 18 April 2019, it was announced that Rylan Clark-Neal would be joining the show as a co-host.[3]


Before 2010, BBC Two Scotland did not broadcast the show on Thursdays, when locally produced Gaelic language programming aired in the slot instead, though during the 2008 and 2009 series the Thursday night show was carried as an alternative digital stream via BBC Red Button.

It Takes Two started to broadcast during the second series of the main show, replacing the companion show to the first series, Strictly Come Dancing: On Three, which had been broadcast on the digital channel BBC Three hosted by Justin Lee Collins.

Series overview[edit]

Series Start date End date No. of weeks Presenter Location(s)
1 25 October 2004 10 December 2004 7 Claudia Winkleman The Hospital Club
2 17 October 2005 16 December 2005 9
3 7 October 2006 22 December 2006 12
4 8 October 2007 21 December 2007
5 22 September 2008 19 December 2008 14 Television Centre
6 20 September 2009 18 December 2009
7 4 October 2010 17 December 2010 12
8 3 October 2011 16 December 2011 Zoe Ball
9 8 October 2012 21 December 2012
10 29 September 2013 20 December 2013 13 The London Studios
11 28 September 2014 19 December 2014
12 27 September 2015 18 December 2015
13 25 September 2016 16 December 2016
14 25 September 2017 15 December 2017 Television Centre
15 24 September 2018 14 December 2018 The Hospital Club
16 23 September 2019 13 December 2019 Zoe Ball
Rylan Clark-Neal
  • Gethin Jones guest presented the show on 15 & 16 November 2017, and 2 & 3 October 2019, when Zoe Ball was unwell.

Programme synopsis[edit]

The programme features interviews and training footage of the couples competing in the main Saturday night show, opinions from the judges on the previous Saturday show and the training footage for the next, and interviews with celebrities who have been watching the show.

The show features half-hour episodes each Monday to Thursday, with an extended one-hour episode on Friday in front of a live studio audience.

In 2016, Zoe Ball has been joined each week by regular dance experts, Ian Waite, Karen Hardy, Neil Jones and Chloe Hewitt, with former Strictly contestant Gethin Jones appearing on each Friday episode.

For the new series in the autumn of 2017, the programme returned to the newly refurbished Studio TC2 at the Television Centre complex in West London.

For the 2018 series, the show was broadcast from The Hospital Club TV Studio in London's Covent Garden, due to ITV Daytime programmes now occupying the Television Centre studios.

For the 2019 Series, it was announced that former Eurovision commentator and former X Factor contestant Rylan Clark-Neal would join the program as a co-host. Rylan will present on Mondays and Tuesdays, interviewing the leaving pair, and the other pair in the dance-off. Zoe will then present the Wednesday and Thursday shows with Ian Waite and Vicky Gill. They will co-present on a Friday, with Gethin remaining as roving reporter.[4]

Current segments[edit]

Studio segments[edit]

Tunes on Tuesday: On Tuesday, there is usually a sneak peek of some of the songs.

Dance Master: Every Tuesday, renowned dance coach Carmen teaches Rylan the basic steps of one of the dances. As well as this, she explains the background and history of the different styles.

Waite's Warm-Up: Every Wednesday (and Thursday earlier in the series), Ian Waite reviews training room footage of the couples so far as they practice their dances and suggests areas they need to make improvements.

Choreography Corner: Every Monday (and Tuesday earlier in the series), a former professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing reviews the previous week's choreography. Following Karen Hardy's departure in 2017, various former professionals having taken over, including Camilla Dallerup, Joanne Clifton, Natalie Lowe, Erin Boag and Vincent Simone.

Puttin' on the Glitz On Thursday, there is normally a chat with the show's head dress designer Vicky Gill.[5]

Friday Panel: On Friday, three or more celebrity fans of the show review music, costumes and training room footage of the celebrities ahead of the Saturday Show.

Other recurring segments[edit]

Strictly Pro Challenge: The professional dancers put various different dance techniques to the test against one another in a yearly competition.

Year Winner Dance Step Number achieved
2011 Artem Chigvintsev Botafogos 79
2012 Flavia Cacace Kick ball changes 76
2013 Kevin Clifton Drunken sailors 77
2014 Karen Hauer and Aljaž Skorjanec New Yorkers 39
2016 Giovanni Pernice Jive kicks and flicks 55
2017 Giovanni Pernice Charleston swivels 24
2018 Oti Mabuse Toe-heel swivels 48
2019 Graziano Di Prima Botafogos 90

Global Glitterballs: A look into the various different versions of Strictly Come Dancing from across the globe.

It Takes Who: The pros play a game of guess who about each other, revealing some surprising, little-known secrets

Previous segments[edit]

Len's Masterclass: Head judge Len Goodman had a weekly spot with Claudia Winkleman, in which he demonstrated the dances to be performed on the following Saturday – this has been discontinued since Zoë Ball took over the presenter role.

Stat Man: Russell Grant appeared on the 2012 series with a guide to the numbers of winners of Strictly.

Dance Mat Challenge: The Pro-Dancers were challenged to get on an electronic dance mat and try to top a leaderboard.

In 2013, a new feature was shown, where dancer Natalie Lowe was set a challenge to teach a normal couple, known only as Gordon and Mel from Southampton, how to dance ahead of their wedding.

In 2014, Robin Windsor was set a challenge to teach the teachers of a school to dance for a performance for the school.

A live phone-in segment featured during the autumn 2004 series of the main show, where viewers could speak to the contestants on air.

Janette and Melvin's Cha Cha Chart Show: Professional dancer Janette Manrara and her 2016 partner Melvin Odoom host a chart-based countdown of various past performances and iconic Strictly moments.

Ore's Overview: Former champion Ore Oduba gives his say on all the couple's journeys so far.

Booth of Truth: The Strictly professional dancers each enter a booth and are individually asked questions the other pros' personal habits.

Ballroom Bingo: Professional dancer Anton Du Beke asks the pro dancers questions about the other pro dancers.

Ballas Breakdown: Head judge Shirley Ballas explains and demonstrates steps from the dances.

Dance Card: Zoe Ball chooses a dance for head judge Shirley to demonstrate.

Craig's Rev-alations: Every Monday, Judge Craig Revel Horwood reviewed the celebrities previous choreography, performances and training room footage. Though this segment was axed, the chats with Revel Horwood returned for the 2018 series, with him making regular appearances on the Friday show.


The show averages between two and three million viewers each evening and is regularly the most watched show of the day on BBC Two.


  1. ^ "BBC Two - Strictly - It Takes Two - Episode guide". BBC. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  2. ^ Zoe Ball announced as new host of Strictly – It Takes Two – BBC Press Office, 6 July 2011
  3. ^ "BBC - Rylan Clark-Neal to join the presenting line-up on BBC Two's It Takes Two - Media Centre". Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two is back! Everything you need to know". BBC Newsround. 17 September 2019. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Strictly Come 'Dancing Dress Designer Vicky Gill". Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2012.

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