Strictly Come Dancing created a memorable tribute to the war dead in a Remembrance Day tribute that featured the professional dancers performing on the white cliffs of Dover as well as a video insert starring Captain Sir Tom Moore.
As the nation fell silent in the morning to mark the end of World War One, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the BBC One celebrity dance contest chose to commemorate the event in the only way it knows how – with a specially choreographed dance.
The Strictly Come Dancing dancers performed the dance atop the cliffs to the strains of the late Dame Vera Lynn’s classic White Cliffs of Dover before they cut back to the studio with a World War Two style group ballroom performance to Dame Vera We’ll Meet Again.
Fans thought the sequence had take the show to “a whole new level”.
Gulp ???? Absolutely stunning from the pro dancers tonight on @bbcstrictly The white cliffs of Dover took it to a whole new level #RemembranceSunday #RemembranceDay #Strictly #WeWillRememberThem pic.twitter.com/oxWNH0efPY
— LouiseW (@Cogs39) November 8, 2020
The performance was emotional for many watching: “#Strictly what’s wrong with me. Sobbing at this remembrance dance @bbcstrictly #scd”.
The tribute also included a voiceover from Dame Vera, who died in June at the age of 103.
Another Strictly fan posted: “I always love the Remembrance Day pro dance; it’s always so classic. #Strictly”.
The Remembrance Day tribute on #Strictly just always gets to me. Every single year. Beautifully done once again.
— RickyOrr (@RickyOrr) November 8, 2020
There was some concern that the dancers were just a touch too close to the white cliffs, although we’re certain health and safety guidelines were adhered to at all times.
There'll be dancers over… the white cliffs of Dover if they're not careful! #Strictly
— Бобнаугхты ???????????????????????? (@Bobnaughtydog) November 8, 2020
The Remembrance Day tribute also featured a cutaway to lockdown charity hero Captain Sir Tom Moore, who was a veteran of service in India and Burma during the war.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday 14th November, with the remaining 10 contestants fighting to stay in the dance contest one more week.