There were also of course the baffling contestants, this year's being Judy Murray! Poor Anton certainly gets the joker card each year .... the dances too have been marvellous, particularly those Argentine Tangos and some great ballroom moves, rumbas and charlestons.
Then there are the judges: Len, Bruno, panto villain Craig, and the most stylish woman on television: Darcey Bussell (above right). The weekly range of costumes dazzle too, as does the marvellous house band and vocalists, and the guest stars. In a world of increasing daily horrors, we need Strictly more than ever!
The sheer logictics of the show are stupendous: 14 "celebrities" teamed with 14 professional dancers, for three months or more of hard training, and then the might of the BBC wardrobe department to come up with all those costumes, the group dances and the weekly programmes and results shows. Its glamour overdrive!
In the Christmas show, winner Louis Smith returns and wins again with Aliona (below):