Flirty Dancing gets second series and celebrity special

Flirty Dancing

Flirty Dancing will return with a second series and a celebrity special to Channel 4.

The show sees self-confessed romantic Ashley Banjo, play cupid using his skills as Britain’s best loved choreographer to bring people together through the art of dance.

A first series aired at 10PM earlier this year but the new six-part run will move to an earlier time-slot of 8PM.

In addition, a one-off Celebrity special in support of Stand Up To Cancer has been commissioned.

Ashley, who rose to fame in Britain's Got Talent dance group Diversity, explained the idea behind the show previously: "It's like a blind date, but rather than meet up with somebody and then do something more conventional like go to a bar or to a restaurant, you don't speak to this person.

"You don't know who they are. You don't even quite know where you'll meet them, but you'll bump into somebody.

"You'll hear the music start to play that you've been rehearsing to for a week, but the person that you're dancing with, it's the first time you've ever seen them, and you have a few minutes to dance with that person, to do a choreographed routine.

"Then, once it's finished you decide if you like them, what they made you feel like, and if you want to actually see them to go out on a second date. You don't even get to speak to that person, it's all based on how that dance with them made you feel."

Speaking about the second series, Ashley said this week: "I loved working with our singles last year, creating something special for each of them and watching the sparks fly. For me the show provides an incredibly unique experience for people to meet through dance, and it is so rewarding (as well as nerve-racking!) to watch it all play out.

"I can’t wait to help create some romance for all our new hopeful daters.”

Sarah Lazenby, Head of Features and Formats at Channel 4 commented: “We’re delighted to be bringing the joy of Flirty Dancing back to Channel 4, at an earlier time slot so that all the family can enjoy the timeless romance it evokes. Curated, once again, by the warm hearted giant Ashley Banjo, we hope this series will create some more rom com magic for the small screen.”

And Chief Creative Officer Deborah Sargeant of programme makers Second Star added: "We are incredibly proud of this format – and of the production team who work so passionately to produce it – so we were thrilled that the first series was so warmly received. We can’t wait to get more couples dancing in the street this summer."

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