Claudia Winkleman is an English television presenter, film critic, radio personality, and journalist, best known for her current work with the BBC. Since 2010, she has co-presented Strictly Come Dancing‘s main results show on Sunday nights with Tess Daly on BBC One and since 2014 has been a main co-host alongside Daly on the Saturday night live shows, due to the departure of Sir Bruce Forsyth. Between 2004 and 2010, Winkleman presented Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two daily on BBC Two, but was replaced in 2011 by Zoë Ball.
Winkleman is also the presenter of Film, where she replaced Jonathan Ross after his move to ITV in 2010. She was the co-presenter of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief for its first two series in 2009 and 2010. She co-hosted the show with Steve Jones. She has often hosted the Comic Relief and Sport Relief annual telethons on BBC One. Since April 2013, she has presented the BBC Two series The Great British Sewing Bee. It is through her work on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two that Winkleman has gained the most public recognition.
The programme, which started in 2004, was devised as a companion show to run conjoined with the second series of Strictly Come Dancing, and continues to run to date. It follows a similar format to the one Winkleman made popular on Fame Academy, and sees the presenter deliberating and dissecting the ins and outs of the main competition, accompanied by an array of dance experts, assorted guests and the competitors themselves.
The show is aired every weekday throughout the course of the series at 6:30pm on BBC Two. The show’s four judges also appear regularly on the programme.
In 2012, it was announced that Zoë Ball would be the regular presenter of Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, with Winkleman’s involvement in Series 10 of the show being limited to co-hosting the Sunday night results show with Tess Daly. Winkleman continues to host the Sunday night results show for Strictly Come Dancing. On 8 May 2014, it was announced that Winkleman would replace Bruce Forsyth as co-presenter, with Tess Daly, of the main Strictly Come Dancing show for the 12th series.
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