Kevin Clifton: Strictly star speaks out on emotional discovery ‘I just wanted to cry’

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Kevin Clifton, 37, made his heartfelt confession on his podcast The Kevin Clifton show while talking with screenwriter Joe Barton about his TV series. The former Strictly Come Dancing pro admitted that Giri/Haji, written by Joe, had made him feel overcome with emotion as it investigated a murder across two cities.

There were so many points

Kevin Clifton

Kevin said of the programme: “The only thing that matters is making people feel something.

“I think there’s so much in [Giri/Hajj] for a show that’s part subtitled, a Japanese guy coming to London, a sort of gangster series.

The professional dancer divulged: “There were so many points in it where I just wanted to cry when I was watching it.”

Giri/Hajj is a British television series that made its debut on BBC Two in 2019.


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The show stars Kelly Macdonald and Takehiro Hira alongside others and has received rave reviews from critics.

During the show, Kevin discussed his envy at those able to still work, like his partner Stacey Dooley, as he admitted being “fed up” of being at home.

He explained: “This last month, I’ve started to get an itching to get back to work, and my girlfriend is back at work. I’m getting jealous of that. I’m starting to get really fed up now.”

The lockdown has seen many in the performing arts industry fear for their financial security, as some have been cancelled.

Kevin replied to a recent tweet from Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden that announced the return of UK tourism.

He pleaded: “Holidays are nice but please can I still have a theatre career to come back to? We really need your help!”

Social media has also made the performer feel pressure to be achieving goals during his free time.

He shared on the podcast: “You go on Instagram, and you start seeing all these quotes like, ‘Well it was in the lockdown situation that Shakespeare wrote three of his best things’.

“This person wrote Frankenstein and Dracula in the lockdown situation. Now’s the time to do that thing you have always wanted to do,” he continued.

During the lockdown, Kevin has remained at home with Stacey as they have made the most of their new London home.

Recently the raven-haired documentary maker revealed to Saturday Morning Kitchen that the coronavirus pandemic has made them live like university students.

Stacey appeared on the show by live stream, before Kevin gatecrashed the chat.


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“He’s panicking, he looks scruffy,” Stacey said.

Kevin added: “My mum’s going to be furious!”

Stacey continued: “We’ve been like a pair of students, staying in bed late, getting up late, gotta get some kind of routine back in this household!”

The pair got together after they danced and won Strictly Come Dancing together back in 2018. 

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