When does Strictly: The Christmas Countdown air?

The Christmas special episode of Strictly Come Dancing will air on Christmas Day (25 December 2020) at 4:45pm on BBC One

What is Strictly: The Christmas Countdown about?

Typically, the Strictly Christmas special invites either former contestants or celebrities on the show to perform a festive-themed number, and then the studio audience votes to crown the Christmas champion. 

However, 2020 isn't a typical year, which means a mini competition wasn't possible. Instead, Strictly: The Christmas Countdown will be a look back at the entire history of the show, highlighting some of the most memorable moments and dances that have broadcast. 

There will be 25 dances in total which have all been voted for by the British public. The line-up will include those that have gained that perfect '40' score, as well as some of the dance disasters that we'll always remember (Ann Widdecombe's Rumba, anyone?).

The show will also feature commentary from presenters Tess Daly, Claudia Winkleman, the judges, the professional dancers and past Strictly contestants. 

Who won Strictly Come Dancing 2019?

Former Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse managed to snag the glitterball trophy, fending off fierce competition in the finale from CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden and EastEnders actress Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke. Fletcher was a last-minute replacement for Jamie Laing, who injured himself in the launch show. 

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How to watch outside of the UK

As always, the Strictly Christmas special will be shown on BBC One. You can watch on your TV as the episode airs, or on BBC iPlayer on most internet-connected devices, whether that’s a laptop, tablet or phone, or perhaps a media streamer or games console.

You'll also be able to watch it on BBC iPlayer if you missed the episode and want to catch up. If you’re outside of the UK, there are ways to watch BBC iPlayer abroad such as using a VPN (virtual private network) like NordVPN. Find out more about how to do that here.