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'Strictly Come Dancing' going global

LONDON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- British producers have sold the rights to popular BBC1 TV series "Strictly Gone Dancing" to six other countries, including Australia and Poland.

Australian TV network Seven has signed former "Home and Away" actor Justin Melvey and politician Pauline Hanson for the ballroom dancing competition show set to air later this year, Britain's Mirror reported Monday.

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"It's a top concept and good fun," Tim Worner, Seven's station boss said.

Producers in France, Italy, Russia and Germany also have bought the rights to copy the show, the Mirror said.

Bruce Forsyth hosts the BBC show, which begins its second season Oct. 23 with Carol Vorderman, Julian Clary and Esther Rantzen.

BBC hopes "Strictly Gone Dancing" will follow the success of "The Weakest Link," which earned the broadcaster millions of dollars after it became a U.S. hit.

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