How Bill Bailey’s Strictly Come Dancing win lifted spirits – The Yorkshire Post says

IT is fair to describe Bill Bailey, a 55-year-old comedian with just a few ungainly dance moves to his name, as the unlikeliest winner of Strictly Come Dancing.

Bill Bailey and Oti Mabus after winning Strictly Come Dancing.
Bill Bailey and Oti Mabus after winning Strictly Come Dancing.

He is also one of the most popular after winning the nation’s hearts with his dance partner Oti Mabus – not only did they entertain, enchant and enthral, but they also enjoyed every step of their journey from outsiders to lifting the Glitterball trophy.

Yet there was something even more profound about this year’s Strictly. Despite having to adapt to the many challenges of Covid, it was fleet-footed enough to do so and still uplift the nation’s spirits – the heartfelt words of the Duchess of Cornwall who remains one of the programme’s biggest fans.

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In this respect, this BBC show is retaining the best traditions of other great Christmas performers like Morecambe and Wise – family entertainment and gentle humour without any need to swear or cause offence.

Bill Bailey and Oti Mabus during the final of Strictly Come Dancing.

If only the same could be said about other TV festive fare this year.

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