Come Dancing was created by Eric Morley to teach the public all about the joy of dancing.
In its early years Come Dancing was broadcast from amateur dance events held around the country. Professional dancers Syd Perkins and Edna Duffield taught the moves to viewers.
It wasn’t until 1953 that the show concentrated on the competition element, with couples from all over the UK competing for the coveted Come Dancing trophy.
Throughout the fifties the presenters were McDonald Hobley, Peter Dimmock, Sylvia Peters, Peter West, Brian Johnston and Peter Haigh.
But the real stars of the show were the dancers and the amazing costumes. Sequins and feathers were where it was at.
Over its mammoth fifty-year run, presenters on the show included such famous names as Terry Wogan, Angela Rippon, Michael Aspel, Judith Chalmers, David Jacobs and Rosemarie Ford.