Saintly Come Dancing: Russell Grant and Ann Widdecombe become angels for Children in Need

Strictly's two fondly-remembered alumni have returned to the dance floor for this Friday's BBC charity appeal - here's the pictures to prove it...

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Russell Grant and Ann Widdecombe, Strictly Come Dancing’s two most graceful alumni (well, after John Sergeant), are making comeback appearances on the quick-stepping talent contest this Friday for Children in Need.

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Though this time around they’ve forsaken their cannons and Big Bird costumes and will instead appear as a pair of angels, who’ll be whisked about the set hither and yon on wires as part of a dance routine with Strictly pros Anton Du Beke and Flavia Cacace.

That’s them in the background here:

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Though they won’t spend their entire evening dangling around like a pair of overfed turtle doves on the branches of a Christmas tree. Oh no. Russell and Anne are also going to be showcasing some of their (in)famous moves – and in Russell’s case, he’ll prove that he’s a devil in disguise:

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Former MP Anne will delight viewers with a nod to her notorious Strictly samba routine, not so much being swept off her feet by Anton as being swept along by his:

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She’ll seemingly seize the opportunity to get in a quick 40 winks mid-dance too:

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The routine promises a positively apocalyptic climax with the two couples, one symbolising the forces of heaven, the other hell, recreating the final battle between good and evil on the dance-floor:

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But what do the judges make of it all…?

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Ann and Russell’s Strictly dance will be screened as part of Children in Need, which begins at 7:30pm this Friday on BBC1.