TV Highlights

What's on Monday 12th October

Dance Mums with Jennifer Ellison

Lifetime - 9pm

Who's in it?

Prepare for an onslaught of frightening ambitious parents and uber-talented brats as we enter the world of Jennifer Ellison: dance teacher and tyrant. In the nicest possible way.

In a nutshell

Jennifer Ellison is putting her money where her mouth is in this new run of Dance Mums. She’s invested her own cash in a new dance school, so don’t expect her to be very forgiving to anyone who messes up on her watch. Not that there’s much chance of that happening, with these super-driven kids and their gobby mums barking words of encouragement.

Anyone concerned about today’s softly-softly, prizes-for-everyone culture will be pleasantly surprised by how serious and seriously competitive things get among the mums and children. This isn’t about casual flouncing about and idle ballerina dreams: this is about beating rivals and strutting your stuff till sweat rains down on the floor. As the show’s tagline tells us, “everyone is replaceable”. Get ready to shout support for your favourites.

What's the verdict?

Think of this as an evil Glee, or a kind of foetal Fame. Hysterical and over the top, it'll have you mournfully shaking your head at these glory-obsessed women even as you egg them on to even greater shows of angst and outrage. Don't stop believing…

Record Dance Mums now on Virgin TV Anywhere

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