How to watch Strictly Come Dancing online for free: stream from UK or abroad Christmas special

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The serious business of the main Strictly Come Dancing 2018 competition is over, with documentary presenter Stacey Dooley and professional partner Kevin Clifton lifting the all new Glitterball trophy. Now it's time to relax and raise a mince pie to some festive fun, and we'll tell you how to watch the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special online - regardless of where in the world you are.

Watch Strictly Come Dancing online: when's it on?

The Strictly Come Dancing 2018 special is on Christmas Day at 5.30pm GMT where it will be aired live on BBC One.

Being on the Beeb you'll also be able to watch the dancing delights via an internet connection and the BBC iPlayer.

The Strictly Christmas special is always a sequin-studded spectacular, with favourite participants from previous series returning to strut their stuff on the dance floor. The 2018 show sees TV presenter Caroline Flack, Eastenders actor Jake Wood, JLS singer Aston Merrygold, politician Ann Widdecombe (with Anton Du Beke, of course), England cricketer Michael Vaughan and journalist Anita Rani.

Expect the usual array of quicksteps, foxtrots and pasa dobles to try and impress the usual core of judges - Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Head Judge Shirley Ballas. Hoping to follow in the silky footsteps of previous winners including Katie Derham, Rufus Hound and double champs Jill Halfpenny and Darren Gough.

For those outside the UK, you need not miss out on the dancing delights as you can still live stream Strictly using a VPN service. How to get one of those, and which is best for you, can be found out below where it's all laid out simply so all you'll need to think about is which couple to vote for.

How to watch Strictly Come Dancing online for free in the UK:

To watch Strictly Come Dancing 2018, for those in the UK, you need simply to have paid your TV licence and have a connection to a BBC One broadcast, via aerial, satellite or over cable.

To watch the show via internet this is possible live using BBC iPlayer or TVPlayer.com. You can also watch the show after it's aired on catch up using BBC iPlayer which is on a host of devices including smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.

Stream Strictly Come Dancing from anywhere else in the world for free:

If you're out of the country or live abroad but still want to watch the dancing action live, fret not, it's still possible. You can access the BBC iPlayer via the app or a dedicated TV streaming website as long as you appear to be in the UK. This is possible using a VPN and TVPlayer.com.

Which VPN is best for you? Our fave is ExpressVPN . And how do you use that to access a Strictly live stream? Read on to find out all you need to know.

1. Download and install a VPN
The best way to stream Strictly Come Dancing for free outside the UK is to download and install a VPN with a free trial or 30-day money back guarantee. We've tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It's compatible with all of your devices, supports most streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. So for a one-stop shop, you can't go wrong with Express - but there are more fantastic VPN options out there as well:

The best 3 VPNs for streaming sports online
1. ExpressVPN:  the best all-round VPN for streaming, comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and 3 months free
2. IPVanish supports up to 10 devices, so great on the go
3. NordVPN: SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great choice for streaming

2. Connect to the appropriate server location
Simply open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select anywhere in the UK - it's super easy to do.

3. Go to TVPlayer.com
The TVPlayer.com service is free and the best legal way to stream every minute of Strictly 2018.

Where can I watch Strictly Come Dancing using a VPN?

A VPN will enable you to stream Strictly from literally anywhere. So that obviously includes: the US, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Japan, Poland, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Ireland, Austria, Thailand, Canada, Australia, Denmark, China, Russia, South Africa, Argentina, Singapore and more!

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