How to watch 'Strictly Come Dancing' 2021 online anywhere in the world

You can watch Strictly Come Dancing 2021 online
Make sure you don't miss Strictly Come Dancing 2021 with our handy guide. (Image credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 is finally here in all its sparkly glory with Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman welcoming a new gang of celebrities to the dancefloor. Here’s how to watch Strictly Come Dancing 2021 online anywhere in the world!

This year's 15 celebrities battling for the Glitterball Trophy are McFly star Tom Fletcher, EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis, comedian Robert Webb, Dragon's Den star Sara Davies, CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson, BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks star Katie McGlynn, Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch star Tilly Ramsay, TV presenter AJ Odudu, chef John Whaite, actor Greg Wise, former EastEnders star Nina Wadia, Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty, TV star Judi Love and rugby player Ugo Monye. But who will we be adding to our Strictly Come Dancing winners list?!

Here's how to watch Strictly Come Dancing 2021 online anywhere in the world...

How to watch Strictly Come Dancing 2021 online in the UK for free

Strictly Come Dancing returns on 18 September on BBC1 at 7.45pm. It will then air on Saturday nights at 7pm. 

All episodes will be added to iPlayer after they have aired, so you can easily catch up. 

How to watch Strictly Come Dancing 2021 online anywhere in the world

There is a handy way to watch your favorite TV shows from wherever you are in the world, and it's called a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

A VPN lets you get around the usual digital barriers by changing your IP address, meaning you can watch your favorite TV shows even if you’re away from home.

Our favorite is ExpressVPN, which lets you change your IP address on whichever device you want to watch your new favorite TV show on.

From laptops to Smart TVs, Amazon Fire Sticks, games consoles and even mobile phones, you can change the address to make your device think it is in a different location to enable you to watch the things you love around the world.

ExpressVPN is one of the best VPNs out there. Not only because it is straightforward and easy to use, but it also has great security and, best of all, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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And it's a great way to watch Strictly Come Dancing 2021 via your usual method from anywhere in the world.

How to watch Strictly Come Dancing 2021 online in the US

There are currently no plans to show Strictly Come Dancing 2021 in the US. 

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 on 18 September at 7.45pm.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.