Change is ahead for BBC One’s hit entertainment series Strictly Come Dancing. Len Goodman, who has been on the show since it launched in 2004, is exiting as Head Judge at the end of the upcoming fourteenth season, TVWise has learned.
“After 12 years, our wonderful Head Judge Len has decided it’s time to hang up his Strictly Come Dancing shoes! I know we are all going to miss him tremendously, but I also know Len’s final series is going to be full of unmissable moments and I hope audiences will give him the special send-off he so deserves”, said BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore.
Strictly is no stranger to change. A couple of years ago, the series lost host Sir Bruce Forsyth due to his ailing health. He was replaced as primary host by Tess Daly, who will be returning for the new season alongside co-host Claudia Winkleman. Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood will also be returning as judges.
“In 2004, I was asked to take part in a brand new BBC Saturday night show, and who would have thought me, old Len Goodman, would still be part of this amazing series more than 10 years on”, Gooman added. “This adventure began when I was 60 and now that I’ve reached my 70s, I’ve decided after this year it’s time to hand the role of Head Judge to someone else. It is an honour being part of the wonderful Strictly Come Dancing family and I’m looking forward to my last series very much and to whatever comes next.”
Strictly Come Dancing, which is an update of the long running BBC series Come Dancing, is set up at BBC Studios and is executive produced by Louise Rainbow. Both the series itself and the underlying format have been huge hits for both the BBC and international distributor BBC Worldwide. Beyond being sold to numerous broadcasters across the globe, Strictly has also given rise to a number of international adaptations, most notably Dancing With The Stars on ABC in the United States. The fourteenth season of Strictly will air on BBC One this Autumn.