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Arlene Phillips

Series 1 - Episode 6 Arlene Phillips



A pleasant trot through the career and property choices of Arlene Phillips begins in Sheen, south-west London. That’s where Ridley Scott, then a TV commercials director, invited a rookie choreographer round to do a spot of babysitting and, eventually, plan her work on some of his ads.

From there Phillips tours north London, first revisiting a Finchley flat, shared when she was building her reputation, then the nicer Hampstead houses – all of them copying Ridley’s simple white walls and owned as she created Hot Gossip, masterminded Starlight Express and became a Strictly judge. This sort of low-key story of a charmed life is oddly comforting TV– more so with a bit of home snooping built in.


Choreographer Arlene Phillips revisits her former homes, including the south-west London residence where she was employed as a live-in nanny by film director Ridley Scott, who would later give the former Strictly Come Dancing judge one of her first big professional breaks. Arlene also heads back to the mews in Hampstead where she first put together the controversial dance troupe Hot Gossip.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Arlene Phillips
Executive Producer Andrea Miller
Executive Producer Jerry Foulkes
Executive Producer Graham Stuart