BBC, Twenty Twenty go dancing in Yorkshire
BBC2 has commissioned The Dancing Town (w/t), a new formatted docuseries made by Twenty Twenty that will celebrate the history and heritage of four Yorkshire towns, telling the story of each place and its people through dance.
Helping to bring their stories to life is leading West End performer and choreographer Steve Elias (pictured). With a career that spans 25 years, Elias has had starring roles in Guys & Dolls, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Billy Elliot, while also working as a choreographer for the likes of the Scottish National Opera and the BBC Proms.
The new 5 x 60-minute series will see Elias work with people of all dancing abilities — from gifted amateurs to complete novices, to create a series of spectacles that will take place on the streets of each town he visits.
In each of the first three episodes, Elias will head to a new town in Yorkshire — Barnsley, Huddersfield and Skipton — where his task will be to persuade, cajole and mentor local residents. His aim is to get under the skin of each place, learning about its heritage, and striving to get to the heart of its unique identity. Along the way, he will also tell the personal stories of people whose own histories are bound up with that of the town, or for whom dance has a special significance.
The final two episodes will follow Elias as he brings all three towns together and attempts to pull off one, final bigger and bolder spectacle, one that will celebrate the whole region.
The Dancing Town is exec produced by Lee McMurray, series produced by Alex Sunderland and line produced by Alex Croxford for Twenty Twenty, a Warner Bros. Television Production UK company. The commissioning editor for the BBC is Maxine Watson.
Ant and Dec sign three-year deal with ITV
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, the UK reality TV presenters more commonly known as Ant and Dec, will remain with ITV for another three years.
The newly inked contract will see the popular pair appear exclusively on the channel until at least the end of 2019.
The three-year deal includes further series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, which returned Nov. 13, scoring the show’s highest audience since the 2013 final; Britain’s Got Talent; and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, which launched in February.
The BAFTA- and National Television Awards-winning pair has been with ITV since 1998, signing an exclusivity deal in 2000.
“Ant and Dec are quite simply brilliant entertainers and I’m thrilled that we will be working together for another three years. They are incredibly passionate about television and have that rare ability to connect with audiences of all ages, which has helped make the shows they present some of the biggest on British TV,” said Kevin Lygo, ITV Director of Television.