Nearly 8 million people tuned into watch Let’s Dance for Comic Relief (BBC One, Saturday, 14 March, 7.15pm) for what surely contained one of the TV highlights of the year. In fact, I’d be surprised if anything could top Robert Webb’s Flashdance routine for some time. You see, even though I’m pre-programmed to despise this kind of show, there was something so irresistibly brilliant about it that I just had to give in and float in the tide. So much smiling did this show produce on my face that I wondered if someone had crumbled Es into my pot of tea.
Comic Relief, away from the charity aspect, has always been about two things. Celebrities making fools of themselves and secondly, really throwing themselves into making fools of themselves. When there’s a whiff of uncomfort about proceedings, it makes it all the more rewarding, which is why Robert Webb’s routine was always going to win.
While many of the dancing stars may have felt a little out of their depth, and as a result, a bit embarrassed, it’s nothing compared to appearing on stage in front of a live studio audience and broadcast to millions of people in drag… in a leotard… dancing and prancing with womanly moves.
Paddy and Keith Lemon’s Dirty Dancing skit, fun as it was, was so damn-well knowing that you got the impression that they just enjoyed horsing around and felt no shame. However, in Webb, you can sense, that there was more than a little embarrassment about his performance. Naturally, we viewers lapped it up and applauded.
The best thing was though, that Webb clearly put loads of effort into the routine, despite the probably reservations he held. Fact is, he really put a fine show on and bombed around that stage to give us something both hilarious AND admirable. He was always going to win… and did… and it made for some seriously brilliant telly. Bravo BBC… and bravo Robert Webb.Join TVScoop on Facebook for exclusive competitions and gossip