Claudia Winkleman: 'Bear with me' for Strictly Come Dancing return

'Strictly Come Dancing's co-host, Claudia Winkleman, has urged viewers to "bear with her" as she returns to co-host the show tonight (22.11.14) for the first time since her daughter was involved in a Halloween accident

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Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman has urged 'Strictly Come Dancing' viewers to "bear with her" as she returns to the show.

The 42-year-old presenter - who will resume her role as co-presenter tonight (22.11.14) alongside Tess Daly - will make her first appearance on the dancing show since her eight-year-old daughter suffered burns last month.

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

Claudia - who has stayed by her daughter's bedside ever since the accident on Halloween (31.10.14) - has thanked those who are caring for Matilda.

She wrote: "Firstly, a huge thank you to the incredible NHS doctors and nurses who are being extraordinary.

"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."

At the time of the incident, a spokesperson released a statement on behalf of Claudia - whose presenting role had been temporarily taken over by 'Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two' host, Zoe Ball - and her husband, Kris Thykier, reminding people of the dangers of fireworks.

It read: "Our daughter was involved in an accident on Friday night while celebrating Halloween. She is having the best care possible and we are hopeful of a full recovery ...

"We would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone taking part in fireworks parties or Guy Fawkes celebrations to be vigilant about the dangers of candles, open fires and fireworks and to be please have the appropriate safety measures in place and to hand."

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