How to watch Strictly Come Dancing 2022 from anywhere in the world

It's still possible to watch Strictly Come Dancing 2022 even if you're outside of the UK when it airs

How to watch Strictly Come Dancing 2022 from anywhere in the world
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Whether you're living abroad or just going on vacation this autumn, our guide on how to watch Strictly Come Dancing 2022 outside of the UK will tell you everything you need to know about enjoying the BBC reality series from overseas. 

It's that time of year again! 

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 returns to our screens this month for its 20th series, much to the delight of its devout fanbase. Last year's season was won by Eastenders star Rose Ayling-Ellis, who sailed her way into the finale with partner Giovanni Pernice after being tipped for victory early in the competition. 

Rose and Giovanni Strictly

Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice won Strictly Come Dancing 2021 

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With just a couple of weeks to go until the first show of the 20th series, fanfare over the Strictly Come Dancing 2022's contestants has already been heating up. This year's cast includes a star-studded lineup of British celebrities, with the likes of Coronation Street's Kym Marsh, Loose Women's Kay Adams, and Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds OBE all confirmed to take on the iconic dancefloor at the Elstree TV Studios in Hertfordshire this autumn. 

Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, and Motsi Mabuse will all return as Strictly judges 2022, while Bruno Tolioni has officially been replaced by Anton Du Beke. The panel's expert feedback will once again be mediated by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, who have been co-hosting the live shows since Series 8. 

In the aftermath of Queen Elizabeth II's death, the release date of Strictly Come Dancing 2022 has been postponed. Its pre-recorded first show was initially due to air on September 17, but will now premiere on Saturday, September 23. The first live show will be broadcast on Sunday, September 24, with the BBC now airing a Paddington movie on September 17 in honor of the late Queen.


If you're in the UK and have a TV license, Strictly Come Dancing can be watched for free on BBC One or BBC iPlayer. 


If you're not in the UK while Strictly Come Dancing is airing, fear not – it's still possible to watch the glitzy show from abroad. 

All you have to do is download a VPN, which will allow you to access shows usually only available when you are in the UK by changing your IP address to make your device think it is in a different location.

ExpressVPN(opens in new tab) is our VPN of choice and it also aced our sister site TechRadar's rigorous testing – meaning it is without a doubt the best VPN service out there. 

Simply download ExpressVPN here(opens in new tab) to start streaming Strictly and you can also take advantage of the 30-day money back guarantee plus 3 months FREE(opens in new tab) when you subscribe for a full year.

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.