BAFTA to Honor 'Strictly Come Dancing'

4:04 AM PST 03/20/2014 by Stuart Kemp
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"Strictly Come Dancing"

The show will be presented with a special award during the upcoming British Academy Television Craft Awards, presented on April 27.

LONDON --  Reality entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing, a stalwart of BBC's primetime schedules, is to be honored with a special award during this year's British Academy Television Craft Awards, presented by BAFTA.

The show sees professional ballroom dancers paired with a celebrity, learn a new dance each week, and then perform live for the nation and the Strictly Come Dancing judges.

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will dish out this year's special award to celebrate "the outstanding creative and technical teamwork" behind the show that "has delivered consistently high-quality, live entertainment over the past ten years of production."

BAFTA television committee chairman Andrew Newman said: "This award is to honor those craft people who bring a show that entertains millions each week to life. The team of talented individuals across many departments such as lighting, costume, cameras, hair and make-up, music, direction and editing -- to name a few -- are directly responsible for the format’s success and we congratulate everyone involved."

Series director Nikki Parsons will receive the plaudit on behalf of the whole production.

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She said: "We have extremely talented and creative people at every level on the team, working hard to deliver the highest quality of live television each week and I am very proud to be a part of it."

Katie Taylor, controller of entertainment production, BBC said: "The creativity and production values on Strictly are second to none and it’s wonderful that the Academy are bestowing this honor and the spotlight on this hugely talented team."

BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing first broadcast in 2004 and completed its eleventh series in December 2013.

The format has been sold to over 40 different territories around the world including the United States, India, France and Australia.

The nominations for the British Academy Television Craft Awards will be announced on March 24.

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