It has been announced (mostly by me) that in the next series of Strictly Come Dancing, to begin next year, a same-sex couple will feature. Bruce Forsyth, asked about the rumour, said "I'm staying tight lipped. And with all the queens round here that is a bloody good idea."
The idea is said to have been inspired by Israel's all-female dancing couple and the ratings success it has had. The BBC is embroiled in a bitter war with ITV and sees Strictly as its big hitter. Updating the show's format might be risky, but insiders say that they are confident the show will remain popular. "The show brought ballroom dancing to a whole new audience. Now we are pushing this even further. Imagine having lesbians dancing the foxtrot, being egged on by a bunch of old men in dirty rain coats."
The odd couple is yet to be announced although speculation is growing. George Michael was recently freed from prison, and there have been whispers that he is in line to appear on the show, although such careless talk is to be discouraged.
Other celebrities mentioned include John Prescott (two fags?), Jonathan Ross (creeping in through the back door) and Kylie Minogue (no comment).