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Strictly 11 - Bruce Forsyth

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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by Pat Shed (U4664057) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    The newswires of the world are abuzz with the exciting news that Sir Bruce Forsyth has signed up for series 11 of Strictly Come Dancing.

    I'm sure that all right-minded people* can agree that this is great news for BBC viewers, television generally, and the arts as a whole and will join with me in welcoming this wonderful development.

    (*i.e. those that agree with me)

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    Posted by kinaesthete (U14110808) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    Exactly. I've given up too.

    I used to post (on a SCD thread) explaining exactly what was wrong with BF on Strictly, but the World - and, even more importantly, the BBC - was unconvinced.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    I think Bruce appeals to some viewers and not others.

    Some people love a bit of old Brucie and the programme has to appeal to an incredibly wide audience.

    smiley - ok

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    PS.

    If you don't like this decision, then I suspect there might be a question for Danny Cohen in here somewhere... smiley - whistle



    www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb...

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    Posted by nannybird (U11286948) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    OH NO NO

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    Posted by Gizmomoo (U10999499) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    Pleased Brucie has signed for another year, it would be a shame to lose him from the programme.

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    Posted by G-IcestationZebra (U5310554) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    Interesting thing about the franchise and the long tenure of the hosts.

    In the US, Tom Bergeron (who is fabulous) has been presenter for all 16 series of Dancing With the Stars and I doubt that will change any time soon.

    Same for the judges. Len, Bruno and Carrie Ann.

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    That's good news although he will be missing three shows this year when Claudia will take over.

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    Posted by Lowena (U14575314) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    Oh NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Surely they're not letting him ruin another series.
    For the first time ever - I won't be watching smiley - sadface

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    Posted by Bidie Its Cold Outside (U2747062) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    Interesting thing about the franchise and the long tenure of the hosts.

    In the US, Tom Bergeron (who is fabulous) has been presenter for all 16 series of Dancing With the Stars and I doubt that will change any time soon.

    Same for the judges. Len, Bruno and Carrie Ann. 
    I don't mind Brucie. I have more problems with the 'Skipping Terror' that is Claudia.....smiley - doh

    Meanwhile, how come DWTS is on its 16th series, and we are just on no.11? smiley - erm

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    Posted by G-IcestationZebra (U5310554) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    Interesting thing about the franchise and the long tenure of the hosts.

    In the US, Tom Bergeron (who is fabulous) has been presenter for all 16 series of Dancing With the Stars and I doubt that will change any time soon.

    Same for the judges. Len, Bruno and Carrie Ann. 
    I don't mind Brucie. I have more problems with the 'Skipping Terror' that is Claudia.....smiley - doh

    Meanwhile, how come DWTS is on its 16th series, and we are just on no.11? smiley - erm 
    DWTS does two series a year.

    One in the autumn and one in the spring.

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    Posted by zelda (U2012536) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    The newswires of the world are abuzz with the exciting news that Sir Bruce Forsyth has signed up for series 11 of Strictly Come Dancing.

    I'm sure that all right-minded people* can agree that this is great news for BBC viewers, television generally, and the arts as a whole and will join with me in welcoming this wonderful development.

    (*i.e. those that agree with me) 
    Hurrah! .... Let Joy be unconfined... smiley - bubbly smiley - magic

    I don't watch the programme so couldn't care less really - I'm just trying to enter into the spirit of things. smiley - winkeye

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  • Message 13

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    Posted by vanessalou (U14182395) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    Oh no. He barely stumbled through last years SCD let alone again this year. And he had time off. Nice to see my licence fee is going on this.

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    Posted by germinator (U13411914) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    Most definitely! Portly and I are beside each other with excitement.

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    Posted by Bidie Its Cold Outside (U2747062) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    Interesting thing about the franchise and the long tenure of the hosts.

    In the US, Tom Bergeron (who is fabulous) has been presenter for all 16 series of Dancing With the Stars and I doubt that will change any time soon.

    Same for the judges. Len, Bruno and Carrie Ann. 
    I don't mind Brucie. I have more problems with the 'Skipping Terror' that is Claudia.....smiley - doh

    Meanwhile, how come DWTS is on its 16th series, and we are just on no.11? smiley - erm 
    DWTS does two series a year.

    One in the autumn and one in the spring. 
    Thanks GZ.

    The Americans must really LOVE dancing! smiley - ok

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    Posted by G-IcestationZebra (U5310554) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    Interesting thing about the franchise and the long tenure of the hosts.

    In the US, Tom Bergeron (who is fabulous) has been presenter for all 16 series of Dancing With the Stars and I doubt that will change any time soon.

    Same for the judges. Len, Bruno and Carrie Ann. 
    I don't mind Brucie. I have more problems with the 'Skipping Terror' that is Claudia.....smiley - doh

    Meanwhile, how come DWTS is on its 16th series, and we are just on no.11? smiley - erm 
    DWTS does two series a year.

    One in the autumn and one in the spring. 
    Thanks GZ.

    The Americans must really LOVE dancing! smiley - ok 
    ABC loves 25 million viewers per episode. smiley - laugh

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    Posted by JanetDoe (U10211737) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    Sorry to tell you, but you will lose him from the show, even if (heaven forbid) it's not till he dies.

    The news has ruined my day and left me with a dilemma:

    1. Do I not watch at all?

    2. Do I record and watch later so I can FF through the Bruce bits?

    3. Do I waste some of my valuable life sitting through the Bruce bits with the TV mute so I can't hear his so-called jokes, opinions and mess-ups?

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    Posted by GARGLEBLASTER (U3191065) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    I must remember to forget this programme.

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    Posted by Bouillaguet (U14312340) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    I'd had a really nice day until I read this.smiley - sadface

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    Posted by poshHebeJeebie (U9319867) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    David Beckham knows when to retire. I'm not a football fan, but I can appreciate his skill and general persona has been a benefit to the game and to this country.

    Perhaps BF could/should take a leaf out of his book.

    I love SCD each year - but I may put it on a back burner this year. smiley - sadface

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    Posted by Bidie Its Cold Outside (U2747062) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    Alex Ferguson also knows when to retire.....

    Will he and Beckham be asked to take part this year, I wonder?

    Not dancing together, of course.....smiley - whistle

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  • Message 22

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    Posted by G-IcestationZebra (U5310554) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    As much as I admired him, I think Muhammed Ali waited too long to retire and was a shell of his former self in his later years in the ring.

    Those extra fights might have also contributed to how hard he has been hit by Parkinsons.

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    Posted by captainMouse (U14652804) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    2. That way you're not cutting off your nose to spite your face as the saying goes.

    Or do as I do, start watching it later and just rewind it, then you can skip bbbbbbbbrucie floundering smiley - sadface. He ruins it for me too, if he won't jump, somebody needs to push him!

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    Posted by Ria_H (U14999558) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    Somebody needs to tell him he's NOT royalty. He CAN abdicate... smiley - erm

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  • Message 25

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    Posted by Bouillaguet (U14312340) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    It's not entirely his fault - the BBC shouldn't offer him a new contract, especially after so many complaints. Then again, when have complaints about programmes ever stopped the BBC continuing with them.

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    Posted by victoria (U3941046) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    I think Bruce appeals to some viewers and not others.

    Some people love a bit of old Brucie and the programme has to appeal to an incredibly wide audience.

    smiley - ok 
    which people are those Peta ?he has had nothing but complaints on this board ... and not everybody comes on here to complain that doesn't mean that he is popular...

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    Posted by victoria (U3941046) on Friday, 17th May 2013

    I think Bruce appeals to some viewers and not others.

    Some people love a bit of old Brucie and the programme has to appeal to an incredibly wide audience.

    smiley - ok 
    which people are those Peta ?he has had nothing but complaints on this board ... and not everybody comes on here to complain that doesn't mean that he is popular... 
    can we get rid of hyperactive Bruno as well....

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    Posted by JanetDoe (U10211737) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    I think Bruce appeals to some viewers and not others.

    Some people love a bit of old Brucie and the programme has to appeal to an incredibly wide audience.

    smiley - ok 
    The BBC needs to consider how many, like me, he doesn't appeal to - they're the ones who will bring the viewing figures down! And we all know it's all about ratings.

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    Posted by saffiewalks (U11222674) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    Wonder why Peta feels the need to spring to the defence of the abysmal Brucie and the BBC?

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    Posted by aquarius (U8185439) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    I think Bruce appeals to some viewers and not others.

    Some people love a bit of old Brucie and the programme has to appeal to an incredibly wide audience.

    smiley - ok 
    The BBC needs to consider how many, like me, he doesn't appeal to - they're the ones who will bring the viewing figures down! And we all know it's all about ratings. 
    Well said, Janet.

    Luckily, I always record the show and fast-forward when the said gentleman utters his pearls of olde wisdom.

    Some people never know when to give up and let others take their place.

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  • Message 31

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    Posted by vanessalou (U14182395) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    Wonder why Peta feels the need to spring to the defence of the abysmal Brucie and the BBC?  Because she works for the B.B.C. Even if the subject is on P.O.V. the answer will still be we know best.

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    Posted by Twinkles (U14947618) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    Brucie is well past his best, and it's about time the BBC gave some thought to another presenter, before the new series.

    They say that they want to 'be inclusive' to all age groups, but I know very many older people and every single one of them in my circle, agree that Bruce is a shambling, stuttering echo of what he once was, and his time is up. The younger viewing group just don't understand who this ancient, babbling, embarrassing man is, and why he's on the show.

    I don't think the BBC, or Bruce, has done himself any favours in keeping him on this programme when it's quite obvious he is no longer up to the job. I watch him now and feel sad and a squirming embarrassment when he tries to make jokes.

    Yes, he once was a prime performer, but then so was Andy Williams ( who was a huge favourite of mine) but when he was on Strictly a while ago, I hate to admit it but he was terrible. Singers and presenters do go past their best, like wine and food, and while of course it's good to see older people on TV, there comes a point when they really should be given the old heave ho.
    It happens in everyday life, so why should Bruce be given a prime job which he is no longer capable of doing properly, when there are others who will be desperately waiting in the wings for their chance at success?

    I love Strictly, but I record it nowadays, and fast forward the Brucie bits. I don't like doing this as it spoils the continuity, but I can no longer bear to watch him.

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    Posted by victoria (U3941046) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    Brucie is well past his best, and it's about time the BBC gave some thought to another presenter, before the new series.

    They say that they want to 'be inclusive' to all age groups, but I know very many older people and every single one of them in my circle, agree that Bruce is a shambling, stuttering echo of what he once was, and his time is up. The younger viewing group just don't understand who this ancient, babbling, embarrassing man is, and why he's on the show.

    I don't think the BBC, or Bruce, has done himself any favours in keeping him on this programme when it's quite obvious he is no longer up to the job. I watch him now and feel sad and a squirming embarrassment when he tries to make jokes.

    Yes, he once was a prime performer, but then so was Andy Williams ( who was a huge favourite of mine) but when he was on Strictly a while ago, I hate to admit it but he was terrible. Singers and presenters do go past their best, like wine and food, and while of course it's good to see older people on TV, there comes a point when they really should be given the old heave ho.
    It happens in everyday life, so why should Bruce be given a prime job which he is no longer capable of doing properly, when there are others who will be desperately waiting in the wings for their chance at success?

    I love Strictly, but I record it nowadays, and fast forward the Brucie bits. I don't like doing this as it spoils the continuity, but I can no longer bear to watch him. 
    why was he ever given a knighthood? that's what I couldn't understand....there are so much better talented performers who are still going strong...just because people lget old ( as we all do in time)that does not automatically make a national treasure

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    Posted by victoria (U3941046) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    Brucie is well past his best, and it's about time the BBC gave some thought to another presenter, before the new series.

    They say that they want to 'be inclusive' to all age groups, but I know very many older people and every single one of them in my circle, agree that Bruce is a shambling, stuttering echo of what he once was, and his time is up. The younger viewing group just don't understand who this ancient, babbling, embarrassing man is, and why he's on the show.

    I don't think the BBC, or Bruce, has done himself any favours in keeping him on this programme when it's quite obvious he is no longer up to the job. I watch him now and feel sad and a squirming embarrassment when he tries to make jokes.

    Yes, he once was a prime performer, but then so was Andy Williams ( who was a huge favourite of mine) but when he was on Strictly a while ago, I hate to admit it but he was terrible. Singers and presenters do go past their best, like wine and food, and while of course it's good to see older people on TV, there comes a point when they really should be given the old heave ho.
    It happens in everyday life, so why should Bruce be given a prime job which he is no longer capable of doing properly, when there are others who will be desperately waiting in the wings for their chance at success?

    I love Strictly, but I record it nowadays, and fast forward the Brucie bits. I don't like doing this as it spoils the continuity, but I can no longer bear to watch him. 
    why was he ever given a knighthood? that's what I couldn't understand....there are so much better talented performers who are still going strong...just because people lget old ( as we all do in time)that does not automatically make a national treasure 
    Iagree Andy Williams was terrible when he was on Strictly.... but he was a dying man at the time.... and he had a very successful career really until those last few years

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    Posted by Gill P (U14122746) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    I think that for the next series and any other than Bruce is in, I will record it and fast forward his bits. I really am so fed up with his ill-judged comments and lack of ability to read an auto-cue.

    I am not a spring chicken myself so should be in the category that likes his participation but no, I cannot cope with any more of it.

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    Posted by Johnnymol (U14690244) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    I expect this will be Brucie's last waltz with Strictly, and to be honest I think he's been fine - I can't honestly think of anyone other than Brucie who could have presented Strictly right at the beginning.

    The problem now is that there is a groundswell of opinion that BF is beyond his sell by date (and I suspect BF thinks this as well) - So I think it will be nice for him to go out in a bit of style like the true entertainer he is.

    The trouble is so many are shouting for him to go, but few are saying who should replace him. For me it should be someone with a long TV and theatrical entertainment pedigree who the viewers instantly recognise and accept as having some knowledge around dance and/or entertaining.

    For me there are several candidates which might be worth considering-
    John Barrowman (toned down)
    Paul o' Grady
    Tim Curry - Would be interesting
    Jason Donovan
    Michael Ball


    But please not Ant & Dec - Nothing against them, but it wouldn't suit their style

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    Posted by mal (U5924339) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    Wish it was on tonight for something to watch. Wish the beeb would show Dancing with the stars. Not enough music or variety on the beeb.

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    Posted by Bidie Its Cold Outside (U2747062) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    Johnny - some good choices for replacement there, but the ability to *do* live TV is surely a must. I think that is why Ant & Dec have been mentioned - they hold the crown for family friendly shows that go out live.

    A previous contestant might prove a hit too, not necessarily a winner, but someone associated with the show.

    Julian Clary (toned down!) would be good and Matt Baker is a proven presenter who did well on the show.

    Tom Chambers could also be in the frame. He has continued his dancing with stage appearances in shows like Top Hat.

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    Posted by Johnnymol (U14690244) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    I expect Ant & Dec have it too cosy on ITV, and their last venture with the Beeb was a failure.

    Tom Chambers was excellent in Top Hat (so my mum says) but is he more geared towards acting than presenting.

    Is there such a thing as a toned down Julian Clary smiley - smiley

    I agree that Matt baker is a good presenter, but is he Strictly material, that's hard to say, but he is proven in live formats.

    It's not going to be easy finding the right replacement for Brucie, which just goes to prove how well he has done to stay at the top for so long and also I think it shows how few great entertainers there are on TV these days.

    Now if the BBC had to find a replacement stand up comedian, they'd have thousands to choose from

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    Posted by mal (U5924339) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    Brian Conley would be perfect. Good family entertainer.

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    Posted by Phil-ap (U13637313) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    It will be Graham Norton one day. His show recently won a BAFTA and he was very good on the ALW shows.

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    Posted by Johnnymol (U14690244) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    Brian Conley would be perfect. Good family entertainer.  But after the very public problems he had in "the jungle" smiley - erm

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    Posted by Twinkles (U14947618) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    Bradley Walsh would be perfect for Strictly. smiley - smiley

    He has a great off the cuff humour, can do jokes, and I believe would let the judges judge, without butting in to give his opinion.

    He is great on 'The Chase' and is funny while being perfectly at ease with the contestants, and he keep the show zipping along at a good pace too. No long monologues.....

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    Posted by zen humbug (U14877400) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    Nice to see him, to see him...

    NICE!

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    Posted by Pampy (U1022836) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    He must be running out of cash - it's only a few months ago that he was whingeing that he didn't like the UK and was considering moving abroad. If only......

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    Posted by Twinkles (U14947618) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    He must be running out of cash - it's only a few months ago that he was whingeing that he didn't like the UK and was considering moving abroad. If only......  Quick, lets all dig deep and buy him a one-way ticket to somewhere in a galaxy far, far away! smiley - rocket

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    Posted by Dover Soul (U14934992) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    He must be running out of cash - it's only a few months ago that he was whingeing that he didn't like the UK and was considering moving abroad. If only......  Are you referring to the comment he made about getting out of this damp smelly place?

    If so it was about his house, not the UK. There was a leak in his heating system and it took the heating company months to find the leak, which means they had no heating and a lot of damp in their home.

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    Posted by Bonny (U14396592) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    How about Alexander Armstrong (Pointless) ?

    I could see him doing this with the right balance of humour combined with necessary gravitas. I presume it would have to be a male replacement?

    Does it have to be someone who can dance?

    My idea of a nightmare replacement would be 'Tuffers' (question of sport) who made a right pigs ear of his appearance on Strictly.

    I guess this is the problem; dear old Brucie can dance...combines humour with grafting over SO many years......but sadly needs to be put to grass. For me, he's done a good job, made me laugh, and for his age now is amazing to keep going as he has. So, ideally it needs someone who can dance, is funny, and can handle live broadcasting......................... smiley - whistle

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    Posted by Bonny (U14396592) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    Bradley Walsh would be perfect for Strictly. smiley - smiley

    He has a great off the cuff humour, can do jokes, and I believe would let the judges judge, without butting in to give his opinion.

    He is great on 'The Chase' and is funny while being perfectly at ease with the contestants, and he keep the show zipping along at a good pace too. No long monologues..... 
    Strangely I was just discussing this with my OH and he suggested Bradley Walsh.

    He is BRILLIANT - just the right balance, humour + empathy. He would be ideal, but would he want to do it, is the question. smiley - smiley

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    Posted by JanetDoe (U10211737) on Saturday, 18th May 2013

    I guess this is the problem; dear old Brucie can dance...combines humour with grafting over SO many years. 
    The problem is he can't dance - he's a hoofer, not a dancer - and as for his humour - I don't find anything he says funny; it just makes me cringe with embarrassment. I don't like the fact that he either waits for laughter that doesn't come and says "Please yourselves", or has to explain what his "joke" was.

    And as you say, he's been around for SO many years.

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