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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Book Review: Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2017

Every year, I look forward to reading the Strictly Come Dancing Annual. There are interviews with the participants, dancers, presenters and judges. You can't beat an autumnal Saturday afternoon, with a nice mug of hot chocolate, snuggled on the sofa under a blanket, and delving in to the book.

This year we have to say ta-rah to Len Goodman, who is happy to give up his Head Judge seat on a high, but not so happy to give up his slow mo camera: "Woebetide anyone who tries to rename Len's Lens. I'm not going to stand for it!"

Each year, the annual has a theme running through it, and this year it seems to be 'on the road'. There is a feature on the history of Strictly's second home - the Tower Ballroom. There is a look at how the team goes about getting Strictly up to Blackpool for a week each November. There is a lot of work that's involved which goes on all week to make sure Saturday's show looks great on TV. Another article covers the costumes for Blackpool and how Vicky Gill and the team make sure everything meets expectations. 

Blackpool is not the only time Strictly leaves Elstree. The Strictly Come Dancing Live tour hits arenas across the country each new year, and 2017 marks its 10th anniversary. There is an interesting look at how the tour is put together.

And of course, in 2016 we had the Strictly Prom, which saw six pros perform at the Royal Albert Hall alongside 2015 finalist and Proms presenter Katie Derham, and accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

If that isn't enough, the book also has quizzes, make-up tips and other behind-the-scenes gossip which make this a must-have for any Strictly fan.

The book is always a nice easy read, suitable for any family member. It has lots of glossy pictures, and is nicely balanced between interviews, history and fun stuff.

The Strictly Come Dancing Annual was released today, priced £12.99, and is available from all the usual retail outlets, published by BBC Books.

Disclosure: Thank you to the nice folks at Penguin Random House for supplying a copy of the annual for me to review.


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