Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two
Also known as 'Strictly: It Takes Two'
Developed by BBC
Presented by Claudia Winkleman (2004–10)
Zoë Ball (2011—)
Composer(s) Dan McGrath
Josh Phillips
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 10
No. of episodes 720 (as of 18 December 2015)[1]
Location(s) The London Studios
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes (Monday-Thursday)
60 minutes (Friday)
Original network BBC Two
Picture format 16:9 (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 25 October 2004 (2004-10-25) – present
Preceded by Strictly Come Dancing: On Three
Related shows Strictly Come Dancing
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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. It is broadcast on weeknights during the run of the main show on BBC Two at 6:30 pm. Claudia Winkleman originally presented the show, however she left in 2011 and now presents the main show. Since 2011, Zoë Ball has presented the show.[2]

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.

Programme synopsis

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, Zoë 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.

Current segments

Studio segments

Tunes on Tuesday: On Tuesday there is usually a sneak peek of some of the songs also on Tuesday there is a clip of pro rehearsals

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

Karen's Choreography Corner: Every Tuesday Karen Hardy, a former professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing reviews the previous week's choreography.

Puttin' on the Glitz (with Vicky Gill) On Thursday, there is normally a chat with the show's head dress designer Vicky Gill.[3]

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

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

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

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

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.

Previous segments

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.

Craig's Rev-alations: Every Monday, Judge Craig Revel Horwood reviewed the celebrities previous choreography, performances and training room footage.

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


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


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