Officially, autumn began last Tuesday (thank you Google Doodle for the reminder). In my world, autumn starts tonight when the 12th series of Strictly Come Dancing kicks off with the live dances.
SCD is the glittering light that brightens up the cold bitter British evenings for millions of viewers. It’s unashamed, old fashioned entertainment that is on a par with watching an old Gene Kelly film on a Sunday afternoon in the feelgood stakes.
It doesn’t matter if you have not heard of any of the celebrities taking part - it’s the range of ballroom and latin dance skills and the glamorous costumes that impress. What also amazes as well as inspires is how quickly participants with little to no dance experience learn routines which become increasingly elaborate.
A little glamorous escapism does you a whole lot of good. So go on, tune in to BBC 1 at 9pm tonight and let yourself be dazzled.