Monday, December 21, 2015

Strictly Media 2015 - 2

In which we continue our 2015 space-filling exercise, extruding a far-fetched conceit until "we can do no more." Everyone's at it.

2: Lord Hall and Valerie Hughes D'Aeth

Lord Hall's memorable 'jazz hands' return to the BBC suggested he was up for new moves and challenges. After his time at the Royal Opera House, many expected to see him lifted at exotic angles by partner Lucy Adams in breathtakingly creative show dances. Sadly Lucy strained something under the watchful eye of the Trustees (was it credibility ?) and Valerie, schooled in Old Tyme HR, was brought in. Lord Hall went with the flow, commissioning new versions of Dad's Army, Poldark, Civilisation, Zoo Quest, Dangermouse, The Clangers, In Town Tonight, The Interlude, etc.

Tony and Valerie's Viennese Waltz was praised as one of the finest examples of heritage work practices this century, but, sadly, the public vote went against them. It may have been something to do with former BBC3 viewers realising their remaining broadcast channels were largely stuffed with antiques. In the dance-off, the judges, working without earpieces, chose to save Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, apparently blissfully unaware they were on ITV.

Tomorrow: Mark Linsey and Charlotte Moore.

Re-live Alan Yentob and Camilla Batmanghelidjh's exit here.

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