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TV To Go: Biopic of dance maestros doesn’t put a foot wrong

Cha-cha-charming: Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams play Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon

THE name Bob Fosse towers over 20th-century choreography — Cabaret, Sweet Charity and Chicago, not forgetting the invention of ‘jazz hands’, top the list of his superbly syncopated credits. But this stylish biopic series gives Gwen Verdon, the dancer turned assistant choreographer who became Fosse’s third wife, her long overdue joint-star billing — she smoothed feathers when he ruffled them, solved problems when his exacting methods created difficulties.

Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams bring Fosse and Verdon to totally believable life, digging beneath the veneer of the showbiz trappings to tap into the dynamic of a volatile relationship — Fosse was a notorious womaniser.

And while you don’t have to be a dance fan to enjoy it, it will certainly help — many of Fosse/Verdon’s classic creations are thrillingly recreated. It’s a finger-clicking treat, set to a backbeat of ego and devotion.

Fosse/Verdon is available as a box set on Friday after the screening of episode one on BBC2 at 9pm