The Strictly sparkle goes public
Strictly Come Dancing professionals are to put a sparkle into the lives of members of the public by training them to strut their stuff for a new BBC series.
Friends and family are being asked to nominate inspirational, everyday figures to be part of the BBC One show, called The People's Strictly, which will be screened next year in the run-up to Comic Relief.
The four-part series will follow six people as they receive four weeks of training and eventually show off their new-found skills to the nation - and the Strictly judges - in the famous ballroom studio.
Channel controller Charlotte Moore said: "BBC One is the TV home of ballroom dancing so where better to see deserving, real-life heroes and heroines experience the sparkling joy of Strictly and all for such a great cause in Comic Relief."
Kevin Cahill, Comic Relief's chief executive, said: "Having watched well-known faces go through the heart-warming journey on Strictly I can't wait to see members of the public having this amazing opportunity. It mixes fun and fundraising in equal measure."
The programme will be screened ahead of the biennial Red Nose Day in March.