Rev Richard Coles take you behind the scenes at Strictly
It’s that time of year. You can always tell. The ridiculous American import that is Black Friday causes normal, sane people to go on frenzied spending sprees buying things that they didn’t even know that they didn’t want.
And Strictly Come Dancing suddenly becomes strictly serious as the final ‘wild-card’ contestants get their marching orders.
This year that moment is marked by the departure of comedian Susan Calman who, along with the Rev Richard Coles, was originally considered something of a novelty entry this year.
In fact Susan did exceptionally well and dancing alongside professional Kevin Clifton she quickly impressed judges and audiences alike as she got better and better as the week’s progressed. However it couldn’t last forever and this weekend she became the ninth celebrity to be voted off after landing in the bottom two with Alexandra Burke.
Unfortunately the same trajectory of talent was not evident in Rev Cole’s sterling efforts. He tried hard but demonstrated a woeful lack of natural ability on the dance floor. He only lasted a couple of weeks before being voted out.
But his time on note show left a lasting impression and now he has a whole new An Audience with… show with Clive Conway Productions in which he recounts his experiences both on the dance floor and backstage with the stars.
Richard says he enjoyed the whole experience hugely despite having “massive collywobbles” as he prepared for his dramatic first entrance from high above the dance floor
Richard is of course best known as co-host on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, is a contributor to Pause for Thought on the Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show and regularly appears on panel shows like Have I Got News For You and QI He is also co-host of BBC1’s The Big Painting Challenge with Mariella Frostrup and last year he finished fifth on Celebrity MasterChef. Perhaps most extraordinary of all he is that rare creature, an 80s pop-star turned Church of England parish priest. He was once one-half of chart-toppers The Communards. He has quite a story to tell.
*Watch out for An Audience With Rev. Richard Coles at a venue near you.