Tess is the latest in a series of leggy blondes who have worked alongside Brucie. The 34-year-old said she felt honoured to be teaming up with a living legend
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Bruce and Tess strutt their stuff at Claridge's in London. In Strictly Come Dancing the pair will turn celebrity contestants into ballroom masters
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22 APRIL 2004                Click here to send this news item to a friend

Veteran presenter Bruce Forsyth has proved that, despite his 76 years, he's still the king of the dancefloor.

The British TV star, who became famous during the Seventies with shows like The Generation Game and Play Your Cards Right, is waltzing back into Saturday night schedules with a new ballroom dancing series.

In his heyday, Bruce was well-known for the leggy blonde assistants who were always at his side. And the silver-haired smoothie revived his old catchphrase "give us a twirl" when he took his latest co-host Tess Daly for a spin at Claridge's Hotel in London.

Bruce's new show is a revamped version of the Seventies hit Come Dancing. In the months ahead he and Tess will put a series of celebrity contestants through their paces and help them get to grips with their dips and twirls.

And judging by his performance at Wednesday's launch, there's little doubt Bruce is still in the driving seat. "Keep up dear," he told Tess, who is 42 years his junior, as they glided around the dancefloor.

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