Darcey Bussell is an Arts programme.

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Darcey Bussell

Documentary in which Darcey Bussell profiles Hollywood dancer Fred Astaire, marking 30 years since his death. In a journey that takes her from Nebraska to New York and from London to Los Angeles, Darcey marvels at Fred's discipline as a dancer. To outshine his sister Adele, Fred worked twice as hard as she did, always seeking out inventive new dance techniques to lift their brother-sister act to another level. As a teenager, Fred discovered tap dance, introducing African-American steps into his routine. And Fred's success with Ginger Rogers was so great that ever since the golden age of the 1930s, Hollywood has tried to repeat the magical Astaire-Rogers formula - as Darcey learns from the choreographer of La La Land. By the end of her quest, Darcey understands why there were three women who really made Fred Astaire. Not Ginger Rogers as everyone expects, but his mother, his sister and his wife Phyllis, whom Fred married as he made his way to Hollywood.

Genre: Arts

When is Darcey Bussell next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 1 December 21st, 10:45pm and on BBC 1 London December 21st, 10:45pm. See more...