The Masked Dancer UK kicks off the new and exclusive line-up on BBC Brit


What does a Zip, Rubber Chicken, Beetroot and Viper all have in common? Well, if you tune into BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) to watch The Masked Dancer UK from Sunday 8 August at 7PM, the answer will quickly become apparent – they all have some spectacular dance moves!

BBC Brit August 2021 - The Masked Dancer, The Wheel, Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing

BBC Brit August 2021
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Hosted by English actor Joel Dommett, The Masked Dancer UK forms part of BBC Brit’s new and exciting line-up of shows, which promises to have ‘A Brit of something for everyone’.

The popular show format, built off the international success of The Masked Singer, sees 12 UK celebrity contestants – dressed, from head to toe, in elaborate costumes, which reflect their alter egos - perform impressive dance routines in front of a star panel. The panel includes South African born professional dancer and Strictly Come Dancing title holder (2019 and 2020), Oti Mabuse as well as British presenter, Jonathan Ross, British comedian Mo Gilligan and tv presenter, Davina McCall

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While attempting to impress the judges with their dancing skills, the masked celebrities share clues to their hidden identities. At the end of each episode, the panel must vote on the best performances to decide who goes through to the next round, while trying to guess their true identities, which are only revealed upon elimination.

When asked why South African audiences would enjoy the show, Oti Mabuse said

“It’s a brilliant entertainment show and it’s for the whole family. I know South Africans love dancing and this is a dance show that will shock their mind... and there is a South African on the panel! Every moment was a positive one filled with love and light. I laughed so much and had the time of my life and I’m sure South African audiences who tune in, will experience this too.”


Get a sneak peek into the fun new dance show format that is The Masked Dancer 


There’s a Brit of great entertainment coming to BBC Brit over the next couple of months. With lots of exciting, shared viewing experiences providing the perfect opportunity to snuggle up on the couch together and enjoy.

  • From Wed, 18 August at 20:00, Michael McIntyre will be spinning on to BBC Brit in The Wheel - a truly revolutionary, feel-good new game show which features huge stars and big laughs! Each episode follows three contestants as they hope to answer their way to a fortune, guided by seven celebrity experts. The first episode includes celebrity experts; Countdown's Susie Dent; singer Jason Donovan; TV presenter Dermot O'Leary; Spice Girl Mel B; fashion expert Gok Wan; showbiz journalist Richard Arnold and TV personality Joey Essex. 

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Coming later this year:

  • Strictly Come Dancing, the multi award-winning dance competition, will be back with its uplifting mix of joy, warmth and sparkle! With a new bunch of celebrity partners for the professional dancers to teach – including South Africa’s Oti Mabuse, Johannes Radebe and Cameron Lombard - who will have enough rhythm, passion and fancy footwork to win this year’s most desired prize?
  • Petrol heads can once again look forward to BBC Brit’s fast-paced and stunt-filled popular motor show, Top Gear. In the automotive TV series, Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness hit the road again in a series of challenges designed to push them and their cars to the limit.
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2021 Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans: Arts, Entertainment, Film & Media 

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