A Day In The Life Of...

Kim Win­ston, 31, from Glas­gow is a pro­ducer on Strictly Come Danc­ing.

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When I was 16 my maths teacher at the time man­aged to get me work ex­pe­ri­ence at the BBC in Glas­gow. I was lucky enough to be given a week­end job on Fri­day Sportscene, which I jug­gled with school work. Af­ter I fin­ished my de­gree, I worked on the Fred Macau­lay Show for a few years, which I ab­so­lutely loved. I was a huge fan of Strictly Come Danc­ing, so I wrote to them and asked if they would see me, I didn’t hear any­thing back. A few months later I tried again and this time I told them I was go­ing to be in Lon­don if they could pos­si­bly see me and even­tu­ally they agreed. I had the meet­ing and I was of­fered the job, so I packed up and moved to Lon­don. I’ve worked on the show for seven years. I work on the live team that pro­duces the main and re­sults show; I’m also Clau­dia Win­kle­man’s pro­ducer. I think Bruce Forsyth did an amaz­ing job, but Tess and Clau­dia make a great part­ner­ship, they’ve got a great rap­port. And they are both huge fans of the show. My work­ing week is a lit­tle back to front as my busiest time is the week­end! Dur­ing the week I work on build­ing up the script for the week­end and we work closely with the dance teams to find out what mu­sic they are danc­ing to and what the con­cept is. I’m also in­volved in dis­cus­sions about the per­for­mance or­der. Dur­ing the week I’m in close con­tact with Clau­dia, as she likes to know what’s go­ing on the show, so I keep her up­dated. Then, on Fri­day we will have a big script read with them and we will do a ‘block through’, which is ba­si­cally like a run through of the script with­out the pro­fes­sion­als. Once we are fin­ished I sneak up­stairs for a spray tan, I tend to be bright orange for the whole Strictly sea­son!

At the week­end I tend to get up at around 8 in the morn­ing and the first thing I do is look at twit­ter, it’s great to keep on top of what the dancers and celebri­ties are up to. I’ll grab a bowl of ce­real, and I’m out the house 45 min­utes later. My hus­band is a real keen gym per­son so he’s usu­ally up and away. I’m re­ally lucky as I only live 10 min­utes from the stu­dio so I don’t have a big com­mute. On the Satur­day we have a dress re­hearsal be­fore the live show. It’s the first time you get an idea of what type of per­for­mance the stars are go­ing to put on. I don’t tend to stop for lunch; I will just graze as there is food put on for the team, so you can help your­self when­ever there’s a spare minute. The cor­ri­dors are lit­er­ally buzzing at the week­end, the at­mos­phere is elec­tric. I’ve had lots of amaz­ing mo­ments on Strictly, but one of my ca­reer high­lights was when dancer, An­ton, taught me how to waltz, he is def­i­nitely one of my favourites, as is Strictly judge, Len – he’s a real char­ac­ter! Dur­ing the live show I am up­stairs in Clau­dia’s area, which we call the ‘Clau­di­to­rium’. I watch the show with her and chat about what she might ask the con­tes­tants, it’s quite full on as it’s live so you are re­act­ing to the show. Ob­vi­ously we can’t guess who is go­ing to end up in the bot­tom two. Work­ing week­ends has a real im­pact on your so­cial life, I’m not able to do much at week­ends and I’ve missed out on a lot of wed­dings, but I don’t think I could ever leave – my mum would kill me! My mum and my dad come along to the fi­nal ever year, they ab­so­lutely love it! That’s the great thing about Strictly, it ap­peals to all ages – from my neph­ews and nieces to my grandma, ev­ery­one is a fan! When­ever I have time off I head straight back to Glas­gow, I can never wait to get my one­sie on and catch up with ev­ery­one! When we fin­ish on a Satur­day night we usu­ally cel­e­brate by go­ing for a drink, we are a real tight-knit team and we’ve been work­ing to­gether for years. For some peo­ple who work evenings it’s dif­fi­cult to un­wind, but when I get home I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pil­low.

Kim with Clau­dia Win­kle­man and with judge Len Good­man

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