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Dempsey and Makepeace return for dance show

Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber, in BBC series Visitors
Image caption Brandon and Barber are among the real-life couples performing in the new dance show

Dempsey and Makepeace stars Michael Brandon and Glynis Barber have joined the line up of couples taking part in ITV's new dance show Stepping Out.

The married stars, who met on the 1980s police show, will learn to dance in front of the camera, alongside five other real-life couples.

Former Westlife star Brian McFadden and wife Vogue; and actress Denise Welch and husband Lincoln, are also on board.

Davina McCall will host the show, which airs at the end of this month.

Viewers will see their journey from home to dancefloor, as each couple tries to master a new dance genre each week.

"I'm beyond excited to be hosting Stepping Out," said McCall. "I love dancing and I'm a nosey parker."

"I can't wait to see how the couples are going to cope trying to learn the cha cha or pirouette whilst doing the school run or cleaning."

JLS singer Oritse Williams and girlfriend AJ Azari, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and wife Jackie, and professional boxer Carl Froch and girlfriend Rachael Cordingley complete the line-up.

The series - to be shown in a prime time Saturday night slot - will be seen as ITV's answer to BBC One's long-running hit Strictly Come Dancing, which is due to broadcast its 11th series this autumn.

Brandon and Barber have continued to work on stage and screen, despite remaining best known for their hit 1985 show.

They starred as a pair of mismatched detectives - from Britain and the US - tackling crime and ducking romance.

Brandon, 68, won recognition playing the lead role in the original production of Jerry Springer - the Opera, while Barber's small screen work has included recurring roles in The Royal and EastEnders, as Glenda Mitchell.

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