Len Goodman slaps Strictly speaking ban on Bruno

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Len Goodman has banned his 'Strictly Come Dancing' co-judge Bruno Tonioli from speaking to him.

Although the tough-talking panellists will be exchanging opinions when the BBC One show returns to TV screens next month, Len has no interest in chatting with Bruno when the cameras stop rolling.

The bickering duo - who are joined on the panel by Craig Revel Horwood and Alesha Dixon - take an 11-flight to Los Angeles every Saturday to shoot US series 'Dancing with the Stars' before returning to the UK days later, and Len wants some time to himself between the shows.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "Len has told Bruno he has to keep quiet throughout the flight. Bruno gets very excited and animated and Len won't get any peace and quiet unless his co-star keeps his mouth shut. It's going to be a tough challenge."

Celebrities set to take part in this year's series - which will once again by hosted by Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly - include 'The One Show' presenter Alex Jones, former 'EastEnders' star Anita Dobson, ex-footballer Robbie Savage and astrologer Russell Grant.

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