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Final of the BBC1 dance contest pulled in its lowest ratings for a final for four years

Natalie Gumede dances the tango on Strictly Come Dancing 2013

Strictly Come Dancing review: Natalie Gumede takes top score in Saturday's show

The actress impressed the judges with her spirited tango

Model Abbey Clancy was among the victims of the Strictly theft on Saturday

Strictly Come Dancing contestants targeted by dressing room thieves

Phones, an iPad and jewellery were stolen during the Tower Ballroom show

English TV host Sir Bruce Forsyth poses on the red carpet as he arrives at the British Academy Television Awards in London on May 12, 2013

Sir Bruce Forsyth pulls out of tomorrow's Strictly with flu - but he'll be back next week

Audiences get a one-week respite from the TV veteran's jokes

Julien Macdonald and professional dance partner Janette Manrara appearing on Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly beats X Factor in Saturday night ratings battle

BBC1's ballroom competition Strictly Come Dancing has pirouetted ahead of ITV's X Factor in the primetime Saturday night ratings battle.

Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Ashley Taylor Dawson

Strictly Come Dancing's Ashley Taylor Dawson prepared to miss birth of his first child to dance in the live show

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ashley Taylor Dawson says he may have to miss the birth of his child - because it could clash with the first live show.

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Susanna Reid set for Strictly Come Dancing 2013

The BBC Breakfast presenter is reported to have signed for the show

Vanessa Feltz is set to compete for Strictly's glitter ball trophy

Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Vanessa Feltz first contestant confirmed for the glitter ball battle

After her very public meltdown on Celebrity Big Brother one might have thought Vanessa Feltz would have sworn off reality television shows. But the broadcaster and DJ has been unveiled as the first contestant on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing competition.

First Night: Cornbury Festival, Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire

'Poshstock' – the festival offering spa treatments, songbirds and Status Quo

We're all crazy about collecting

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The big sauce mash-up

It’s no longer a choice of just red or brown with your bacon butty. Genevieve Roberts gets to the bottom of a new trend for infusing traditional condiments with odd ingredients

Vintage at Goodwood, Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester

One man's vintage is another man's here and now

Full circle: Why is Sandie Shaw back on stage?

Sandie Shaw was traumatised by her experiences as a pop star in the 1960s – and became a therapist to help others through the highs and lows. So what persuaded the barefoot princess to return to the stage for the first time in 25 years?

Revealed: The secret of Lily Allen's Ivor Novello success

When Lily Allen stepped up to collect her third Ivor Novello award of the night earlier this week, few would have recognised the chiselled features of her Californian collaborator, who stood beside her at the podium. While the famously feisty songstress from Hammersmith is a household name, Greg Kurstin is the pop industry's best kept secret.

Stuck on you: How the world fell in love with stamp collecting again

Philatelists of the world unite! (Yes, all 2.5 million of you.) There's no need to feel embarrassed about your hobby, because stamp collecting is officially cool – and investors looking for a sure thing are driving up prices for the artistically admired little squares...
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The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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