Strictly Come Dancing 2020 first contestants confirmed

Strictly Come Dancing has signed up two comedians for the upcoming series – Bill Bailey and Caroline Quentin.

According to The Sun, the duo were "two of the show’s top targets" for the 2020 run, which has since been pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The show will take place in October rather than in September.

A source told the publication: "The BBC are delighted with the double signing. Caroline is looking forward to the challenge and wants to get properly stuck in.

"And it’s a hard time for live performers so it seemed a good chance for Bill to commit to the show."

Caroline, 60, became known for her television appearances, portraying Dorothy in Men Behaving Badly, Maddie Magellan in Jonathan Creek, and DCI Janine Lewis in Blue Murder.

According to reports, the actress has wanted to take part in the hit BBC show for years, but couldn't sign up until now due to work commitments.

Bill, 55, is known for his role in Black Books and for his appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You and QI, as well as his stand-up work.

This series hung in the balance following the outbreak in the UK, and was heavily delayed due to the pandemic.

While the programme has been given the green light, the programme will not follow the original format, running for only nine weeks instead of the usual 12.

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