Strictlys Caroline Quentin hints at unaired feuds as she slams ambitious pros – Mirror Online

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Caroline Quentin has called some of the Strictly Come Dancing professionals “so ambitious to do well that they don’t care what they put their guest through”.

The Men Behaving Badly star, 60, took part in the BBC One celebrity dancing show late last year.

Now speaking on the My Time Capsule podcast with Michael Fenton Stevens, Caroline discussed how the pandemic impacted on her Strictly experience and building friendships with other cast members.

The Men Behaving Badly star revealed that she and her professional dancer partner Johannes Radebe would likely be “friends forever” and that she “values him so hugely”.

However, she compared him to some of the harder “taskmasters” among the other professionals.

She noted: “Some of those people are so ambitious to do well that they don’t care what they put their guest through. They really don’t. There’s all manner of humiliations that go on.”

Caroline Quentin
Caroline Quentin has discussed the difficulties of her Strictly experience
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However, Caroline did note there was a sadness the cast didn’t all get more time together as a group.

Caroline revealed: “We built a different kind of community.

“But I do think the isolation was one of the harder things about it, actually.

“Because you never had that opportunity to meet up and go for a pint…”

Caroline Quentin with dance partner Johannes Radebe when they were eliminated from the series
Caroline Quentin with dance partner Johannes Radebe when they were eliminated from the series
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She admitted it was “kind of a loss” that they were unable to interact more in person.

The actress noted that they missed out on “very close friendships” but that they’re still in touch with each other.

Caroline also explained she was glad she did the show but was happy when the experience stopped and could return to her family in the countryside.

Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe dancing on Strictly Come Dancing in November
Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe dancing on Strictly Come Dancing in November
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Caroline revealed: “I’m an outdoor person and I struggled very much with living in a bedsit and I lived on my own, I found that difficult, I know Bill [Bailey] did as well, not being in touch with nature was hard for that period of time.”

She also described herself as “institutionalised” by “the Strictly way” when she came out of the competition.

Strictly's Caroline has said she and Johannes will be "friends forever"
Strictly’s Caroline has said she and Johannes will be “friends forever”
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The actress also revealed that while Covid-19 did not hit the cast as much as had been feared, she suggested there were other cases behind the scenes.

“We only had one dancer go down with it,” said Caroline, “I think there were probably other things going on, not that I know this, but I imagine there were other things with the wider crew and stuff.

“I’m sure people were not well and things but that was kept very much in its own bubble and dealt with and we were all sent back with a different pair of shoes on the next day and learnt another dance.”

The discussion around the professionals comes after Caroline herself previously joked about hers and Johannes’ own disagreements while training when they appeared on This Morning in November.

Caroline with Johannes on This Morning back in November where they discussed a "barney'
Caroline with Johannes on This Morning back in November where they discussed a “barney’
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She said: “It is very nice for Johannes to say that, but we had our first proper barney yesterday and we are both still slightly ouchy from it.

“It’s hard sometimes to be told all the time by someone who is always genuinely right, it’s quite frustrating.

“I offered an opinion about a dance step and I was entirely wrong, but rather than back down gracefully I just banged on about it.

“And he got really annoyed with me!”

The Mirror has approached the BBC for comment.

*Strictly Come Dancing will return later this year on BBC One.

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