Head Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has announced he's stepping down from the show after the 14th series this autumn

The new series of Strictly Come Dancing will be the last chance fans have to hear Len Goodman’s inimitable “sev-ERNN!”because he’s announced he’s quitting the show.

The generous, gentlemanly south London-born ballroom dance expert said: “In 2004, I was asked to take part in a brand new BBC Saturday night show and who would have thought me, old Len Goodman, would still be part of this amazing series more than 10 years on. This adventure began when I was 60 and now that I’ve reached my 70s, I’ve decided after this year it’s time to hand the role of Head Judge to someone else.”

Len added: “It is an honour being part of the wonderful Strictly Come Dancing family and I’m looking forward to my last series very much and to whatever comes next.”

Apart from Len’s announcement, it’s business as usual on Strictly, the 14th series of BBC1’s hit show. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will again team up to present, while Len will be joined by co-judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood.

Charlotte Moore, Director of Content at BBC said: “After 12 years, our wonderful Head Judge Len has decided it’s time to hang up his Strictly Come Dancing shoes. I know we are all going to miss him tremendously, but I also know Len’s final series is going to be full of unmissable moments and I hope audiences will give him the special send-off he so deserves.”

Strictly announced a series of new professional dancers for the new series, while fan favourite Gleb Savchenko said he wouldn’t be returning.