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It’s behind you!” If those words elicit a groan, then bah humbug to you. You may hate pantomime but I’m honing my heckles in preparation to see several shows around the country.

Ashely Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan dance the salsa on Strictly Come Dancing 2013

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The Duchess of Cornwall rubbed shoulders with celebrities for a good cause at the annual ICAP Global Charity in central London.

Actor Mark Benton and his dance partner Iveta Lukosiute left the competition tonight

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The actor lost out after all four judges voted to save Ashley Taylor-Dawson

Ben Cohen left Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday after the judges voted to save Mark Benton

Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Ben Cohen voted off as Mark Benton is saved

Mark Benton survived his third dance-off as Ben and Kristina were sent home

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Vanessa Feltz with dance partner Jordan on Strictly Come Dancing 2013

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Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour, The NIA, Birmingham

Chandeliers hang over the vast space of Birmingham’s indoor arena, twinkling with fairy lights. The set design pretends to evoke a ballroom, but really represents a television studio, all lit up with Saturday night sequins.

Fabrice Muamba shows off fancy footwork on Christmas Strictly Come Dancing

Miracle footballer Fabrice Muamba showed he still has some fancy footwork as he kicks up a storm for Strictly Come Dancing - just months after retiring from the pitch after his "death".

Lisa Riley to star in stage show Strictly Confidential next year

The former Emmerdale actress will appear in the show directed and written by Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood

Westlife singer Nicky Byrne slides off Strictly Come Dancing stage

Former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne became the latest star to slide off the Strictly Come Dancing stage but said the experience had been "so much fun".

TV presenter Richard Arnold waltzes off Strictly Come Dancing

Television presenter Richard Arnold became the latest contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing on the week the show swapped the Strictly ballroom for Wembley Arena.

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Victoria Pendleton is getting back in the saddle by riding a flying bike for her routine on this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing.

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