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Strictly's midwife Helen George she fails to deliver

By Billy Weir

You would have thought that, as one of the stars of Call The Midwife, Helen George would be expected to deliver right at the end - but it wasn't to be.

The cord was cut on her last night as she fell just short of the semi-finals, losing out to Corrie's Georgia May Foote in a the dance-off to a musical-themed show, her Paso Doble to At The End Of The Day from Les Miserables leaving her, errrr, miserable.

She shouldn't be too downhearted though; the earlier you leave the better it seems, as there are spin-offs to be had from spinning off the dance floor.

Ainsley Harriott was the fourth celebrity out this season and quickly got back on the road by teaming up with senior judge Len Goodman for Len and Ainsley's Big Food Adventure.

And the TV chef also starred as a double for Lenny Henry, if ITN is to be believed, when it used footage of Harriott to mark the comedian's rise to Sir Lenny earlier this week; so, Helen, all is not lost.

Expect her to pop up beside Colin Murray at the Lakeside when the darts gets under way soon, while Bobby George boils water and fetches clean towels in a mix-up ITN would be proud of.

Darcey Bussell will also be pirouetting across our screens soon, with a look at male ballet stars, but this still leaves Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel-Horwood available for bookings.

Daniel O'Donnell is too busy going round B&Bs with his missus, while Carol Kirkwood is up to her eyes choosing the names for the weekly storm to hit the UK, but with their preoccupation with twinkling toes I can see Bruno and Craig teaming up with Georgia May for an exciting new show about chiropody, called Footwork. If the Beeb don't do it, Channel Five will.

She kicked off Saturday's show with 36 points, so it was something of a shock that she was in the dance-off, especially with Countryfile's Anita Rani, who was up next, only getting 31 with her, quite frankly, positively indecent Argentine Tango from Chicago.

I didn't even know they drank Tango in Buenos Aires, but I nearly spilled mine over my corned beef sandwich when Bruno said it "has to be danced with the murderous criminal intent of a conniving, ruthless hussy."

My mother warned me to tread carefully with girls such as these.

And it was a valuable lesson for what was to come, with Len, whose adventures with Ainsley are clearly bringing him into contact with bovines across Britain, described Rani's dance as "like a cow pat on Countryfile - hot and steamy." Of course she is well used to steaming piles, being on The One Show, or maybe it should be renamed The Two Show, but that is maybe a spin-off too many.

There was a good old Oliver-inspired East End pub knees-up from Kellie Bright, reprising her role as the Queen Vic's Linda Carter, although Craig didn't seem enamoured, or so we thought.

"That's the first time I've seen a Viennese Waltz that was not elegant, had absolutely no class darling, no grace whatsoever and was as common as muck," he said. But there was, appropriately from the new host of Footwork, a footnote, with a classic EastEnders cliff-hanger. "And you know what, I loved it," he said and thus stopped ITN from broadcasting pictures of Anita Dobson looking crestfallen.

At least one newsperson goes from strength to strength, with Katie Derham providing the best Foxtrot on a Saturday evening since Basil Brush was invited by ITN to be on Beadle's About, only to find a lot of beagles about. Boom, boom.

But it was The Wanted's Jay McGuiness, the only guy left in the dancing village, who shook the room with a whopping 39 points for his Rumba. He just needs to keep his feet in good condition. I know the very boys for the job.

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