How to watch Strictly Come Dancing abroad

Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly is back for yet another year of razzmatazz! If you're outside the UK and you want to watch Strictly Come Dancing abroad then this is the guide for you.

In this guide I'm going to show you the super easy way you can watch Strictly from any country in the world.

You're going to need to get yourself a VPN app to do this. I recommend using ExpressVPN but there are other suitable providers too.

Don't worry if it sounds all complicated and technical because it isn't. Even your Grandmother could do this because it takes just 5-steps and only a few minutes allowing you to watch Strictly abroad from anywhere in the world!

What you'll need to watch Strictly abroad

To watch Strictly Come Dancing abroad you'll need to get a VPN app.

A VPN allows you to change your location and make it seem like you're in another country. Let's say for example you're in Australia, you can use a VPN to change your location to the UK. This will let you watch Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC iPlayer website or app.

A quick search of Google will throw up nearly 1,000 VPN companies and the amount of choice can be confusing. Most importantly it needs to work with BBC iPlayer and not all do.

I recommend using ExpressVPN, they work with BBC iPlayer for watching Strictly and they're as easy to use as any other.

However, as a savvy-shopper you probably want to browse around so the following three should be on your radar:

Top 3 VPN services for watching Strictly abroad:

  1. ExpressVPN – Editor's Choice!
  2. NordVPN
  3. CyberGhost VPN

Just choose one of the three, visit their website and sign up.

If you're abroad for a while then consider ExpressVPN's 12-month deal. It comes with 3-months absolutely free which saves you 49% over paying on a monthly basis.

They've also got a whopping 30-day money back guarantee so in the unlikely event you can't get it working, just get yourself a refund.

Now you've got a VPN, read on below to find out how to use it.

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How to live stream Strictly outside the UK

Now you've got yourself a VPN service you'll want to know how to use it.

In the example below I'm using my recommended provider ExpressVPN but the process is essentially the same using NordVPN and CyberGhost VPN too.

Just follow the steps below to watch Strictly Come Dancing abroad.

How to watch Strictly Come Dancing abroad:

  1. Visit the ExpressVPN website, choose a subscription length and sign up for their service.
  2. Download the correct app for your device from the Products area of their website.
  3. Open the app and when required either login or activate it.
  4. Press Selected Location and then press United Kingdom.
  5. The app should automatically connect but if not press Connect.
ExpressVPN app connecting to the UK

Watch live using ExpressVPN.

Now that you're connected to ExpressVPN all you need to do is use the BBC iPlayer app on your device or visit the BBC iPlayer website directly.

You can either watch Strictly Come Dancing live at the same time it's shown in the UK or you can use the catch-up service and watch up to 30 days after it was shown.

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Will this work on my PC or Mac computer?

Definitely! The easiest method to watch Strictly Come Dancing abroad is to do so on a regular computer or laptop.

Apart from the VPN app from ExpressVPN or one of the other providers you don't need any additional apps.

All you need to do is sign up for ExpressVPN, download their app and connect to the UK. You can then watch Strictly abroad by simply visiting the BBC iPlayer website.

Does this work on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick?

Again, yes! It's really easy to watch Strictly abroad on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick.

For this you'll need to sign up to ExpressVPN because they're the only provider that has a dedicated Amazon app. Once you've signed up search for ‘ExpressVPN' on your Fire TV or Fire Stick.

Download and install the app and then open it. Connect to the UK following the same steps from earlier in this guide.

If you don't already have it then you'll need to download the ‘Firefox‘ app on your Fire TV or Fire Stick too. Once it's installed just enter the BBC iPlayer URL:

You can then watch Strictly Come Dancing abroad on your Fire TV or Fire Stick.

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Can I use this on an Android or iOS mobile or tablet?

Yes, certainly. This method is suitable for watching Strictly abroad on your Android or iOS devices.

If you've got a UK phone or tablet then it's really simple. Just sign up for and download the ExpressVPN app as detailed above in the steps.

Then open the BBC iPlayer app on your mobile or tablet. If you don't already have it then grab it from your regular app store.

If you have a phone or tablet from outside the UK then you might be blocked from installing the BBC iPlayer app from the app store. For this you'll need to download the app using another method.


Open your web-browser and visit :

You'll be able to download and install the BBC iPlayer app. Once it's installed follow the steps from earlier to use ExpressVPN.

Apple iOS

If you've got an iPhone or iPad you'll need to follow this guide to install the BBC iPlayer app.

When is Strictly Come Dancing on TV?

This year Strictly starts on Saturday, 17th October. The first show will be shown at 7:35 pm on BBC One.

There is no official end date yet but there are usually around 13 live episodes so you can expect this year's Strictly to end around mid-December.

This means you'll need at least 3-4 months worth of VPN subscription to watch the entire series. I recommend you take advantage of ExpressVPN's yearly deal because it comes with 3-months free and works out 49% cheaper than paying on a monthly basis.

You can of course use the one subscription to watch other things on the BBC and other UK channels.

Who's in Strictly this year?

This year like all years is made up of people you'll know and people you won't have a clue who they are.

But without further ado, here's the full line up for Strictly Come Dancing:

  • Bill Bailey
  • Caroline Quentin
  • Clara Amfo
  • HRVY
  • Jacqui Smith
  • Jamie Laing
  • Jason Bell
  • JJ Chalmers
  • Maisie Smith
  • Max George
  • Nicola Adams
  • Ranvir Singh


To watch Strictly Come Dancing abroad you'll need to get yourself a VPN service.

I recommend you use ExpressVPN because they're easy to use and they work with more devices than most. They've also got a generous 30-day money back guarantee in case you can't get it working.

Click the link below to visit their website, sign up and download the correct app for your device.

Connect to the United Kingdom and then open the BBC iPlayer app or visit the BBC iPlayer website and enjoy watching Strictly Come Dancing in any country in the world.


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Who are you most looking forward to watching this year and where are you watching from? I would love to know so why not let me know in the comments section below.

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Author: Christopher Seward

After 25 years of using the internet, Christopher launched one of the very first VPN comparison websites in 2013. An expert in the field his reviews, testing and knowledge have helped thousands of users get the correct VPN for their needs.

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