My wife and I are big fans of the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing and over the past few years we’ve developed a casual game where we award ourselves imaginary points for being the first to spot a common phrase or action: “Yes! Bruno’s pretending that something is so funny he’s crying with laughter! That’s five points to me!” or “Heel caught in the hem of her dress — seventy points!” or “Len didn’t care for the ‘Faffing about’ at the start of the routine, so that’s another thousand and a half points for me!”
This year, we decided to simplify the rules (one point per cliché, and only the main shows count, not the weekday “It Takes Two” spin-off or any others) and open up the game to the rest of the world… and so we’ve created Strictly Bingo!
Simply print out a bunch of Strictly Bingo cards for your next Strictly-watching party and encourage your players to cross off the squares as they come up! You can make up your own rules about how to play beyond that: maybe smaller prizes for the first completed line (horizontally, diagonally or vertically), and a larger prize for the first person to complete an entire card! The most important thing is to have fun, not take it all too seriously, and enjoy the show!