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Darcey Bussell: Looking For Fred
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Matchlight for BBC Four

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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.