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Claudia returns to Strictly tonight

Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman is returning to the hit ballroom show tonight.

The star has been absent in recent weeks to be with her eight-year-old daughter, Matilda, who was in hospital after her Halloween costume went up in flames while she was out trick-or-treating.

The mother-of-three was replaced on the main BBC One show by Zoe Ball after the accident.

Ms Winkleman and her film producer husband, Kris Thykier, have three young children - Jake and Arthur, as well as Matilda.

She landed the role of Strictly co-host, joining Tess Daly, in the autumn after Bruce Forsyth decided to step down from the programme after a decade.

The presenter, the daughter of former newspaper editor Eve Pollard, had previously fronted the weekly results show and stepped in during Mr Forsyth's occasional absences.

Ms Winkleman told her Twitter followers that Matilda was "on a long road to recovery."


She said: "We are bowled over by their kindness and brilliance. Matilda is doing well and although it will be a long road to recovery, she is getting the best possible care. Thank you so much for your lovely messages - they meant everything."

She added: "I'm coming back to Strictly this weekend but am out of practice so please bear with me."