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Darcey Bussell: Looking For Fred
HD / 1 x 60'
Matchlight for BBC Four

Though they made just 10 films together and shared only 33 dances, it was Fred Astaire’s dance partnership with Ginger Rogers that cemented his fame and legacy, a fact that Darcey Bussell will learn frustrated and depressed Astaire enormously. That’s because - ironically for the man renowned as one of history’s greatest dance partners - Fred Astaire hated sharing the limelight. Despite dancing with Hollywood’s biggest female stars, including Judy Garland, Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn and Cyd Charisse - he was caught up in the dilemma of wanting to do it alone, yet needing a partner. In this film, we also learn how his personal life was shaped and controlled by a succession of strong women.