Strictly judge Len Goodman has told What’s On TV how much he’s going to miss Bruce Forsyth being host of Strictly Come Dancing when the hit BBC1 show returns this autumn hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

“I’m looking forward to the show. Of course the rest of us haven’t got Brucie’s cheekiness, but I’m sure it’ll work fine, and as much as I’m saddened that Bruce isn’t doing it any more, it’s a really gruelling job. Our job as judges is much easier – we just turn up and do it and then we’re done. But when you’re presenting you have to go in the day before and you’re on camera all the time, it’s really pressurised, so I think Bruce deserves to put his feet up a bit and to enjoy a little bit of a retirement. But as I understand it he’s going to pop back and do different things on the show during the course of the series.”

Before Strictly kicks off, Len can be seen in an ITV documentary series, Secrets Of The Clink, next month in which celebrities trace the lives of their ancestors who’ve been in jail. Other stars looking back at their family’s criminal past include Michelle Collins and Johnny Vegas. “It’s terrific and so interesting,” Len says. “I got so much insight into how harsh life was many years ago.”