Bruce Forsyth to take a week off Strictly Come Dancing

Claudia Winkleman will co-host with Tess Daly on 10 November while the 84-year-old presenter has a mid-series recuperation

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Bruce Forsyth is to take a week-long break from his hosting duties on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing. The 84-year-old will miss the Saturday and Sunday shows broadcast on the weekend of 10 November, in order to rest ahead of the following weekend’s live Children in Need episode at Wembley Arena. 

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Hosting duties will instead be undertaken by his co-host Tess Daly alongside former Strictly: It Takes Two presenter Claudia Winkleman, a BBC source confirmed to RadioTimes.com. 

It marks the first time Sir Bruce has voluntarily missed a Strictly show since its first episode in 2004. Over the past ten series he has only ever been forced to miss one week after he caught flu three years ago. 

A Strictly Come Dancing spokesperson said, “Even national treasures are allowed to take a week off. Sir Bruce is taking a short break so he can be on top form and fighting fit for the Children in Need show at Wembley the following week.”

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The Children in Need Strictly Come Dancing special on Saturday 17 November will be broadcast live from Wembley Arena in front of 6,500 fans.