Channel 4 has picked up a second season of Flirty Dancing. The Ashley Banjo fronted series will return with six further episodes and a standalone celebrity Stand Up To Cancer special. Additionally, season two is moving to an earlier 8pm time-slot.
Flirty Dancing sees two disillusioned daters taught two halves of the same bespoke dance. Across a week they train separately, working with Ashley and his team to get to grips with their routine. The pair then meet for the first time in a cinematic setting where they don’t speak, just dance, deciding afterwards based on the dance alone whether they want to go on a second date.
The show’s first season attracted an average audience of 888 000 viewers and a 6% share in its 10pm time-slot. The series also ranked second in the timeslot amongst Adults 16-34 and first amongst Women 16-34. Flirty Dancing is produced by Second Star, part of Objective Media Group, and was commissioned by Channel 4’s Head of Features and Formats Sarah Lazenby and Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor for Features and Formats Sarah Dillistone. Genna Gibson is the series producer. The executive producers are Ami Jackson and Deborah Sargeant.
“I loved working with our singles last year, creating something special for each of them and watching the sparks fly”, Ashley Banjo said in a statement. “For me the show provides an incredibly unique experience for people to meet through dance, and it is so rewarding (as well as nerve-racking!) to watch it all play out. I can’t wait to help create some romance for all our new hopeful daters.”
“We’re delighted to be bringing the joy of Flirty Dancing back to Channel 4, at an earlier time slot so that all the family can enjoy the timeless romance it evokes”, commented Channel 4’s Head of Features and Formats Sarah Lazenby. “Curated, once again, by the warm hearted giant Ashley Banjo, we hope this series will create some more rom com magic for the small screen.”
While Second Star’s Chief Creative Officer Deborah Sargeant added, “We are incredibly proud of this format – and of the production team who work so passionately to produce it – so we were thrilled that the first series was so warmly received. We can’t wait to get more couples dancing in the street this summer. “