How to watch Strictly Come Dancing online from anywhere in three silky steps for free

Put on your dancing shoes – Strictly is back. And watching it online for free from anywhere on Earth is as easy as 1-2-3

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Fire up your Foxtrot. Dust off your Pasa Doble. Get ready to Rumba. Strictly Come Dancing 2018 starts tonight and we've got you covered if you want to watch the Launch Show (and, indeed, every episode) via a live stream online for free – and it doesn't even matter where you are in the world.

Once again, a cavalcade of celebrities and professional dancers have been brought together to compete in the wildly popular show. Among the fifteen stars this year are Ashley Roberts of The Pussycat Dolls, Lee Ryan from Blue and Eastenders and former England cricketer Graeme Swann.

For its sixteenth series, there's a brand new Glitterball Trophy for the pairs to compete for. And unlike previous years, there aren't too many clear favorites quite yet.

So to make sure you catch every step, sashay and SEVEN! (we miss Len), we've made it all very easy for you. Follow the 'how to watch' instructions below to make sure you don't miss Strictly Come Dancing 2018, even if you find yourself away from the UK when it's on.

1. Download and install a VPN

You'll need a VPN if you're outside the UK and want to watch the country's Strictly Come Dancing broadcasts online in order to get around the geoblocking. This allows you to change your IP address so you appear to be in a completely different location. We've tested hundreds of VPNs and can recommend Express VPN as the best option currently available:

Express VPN (comes with a 30 day money back guarantee) is the #1 rated best VPN in the world right now. You can watch on many devices at once including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets etc. Check out Express VPN

2. Set your VPN to a UK location

This is incredibly easy to do. Open up your chosen VPN (Express VPN or one of our other recommended best VPN services) and go to 'choose location' (this may differ from VPN-to-VPN, but will be called something like 'locations' or 'servers' - it should be pretty obvious). Then select any location in the US - Express VPN alone has six UK locations, and it shouldn't matter which one you pick.

3. Watch on TVPlayer.com

We always recommend using the free, legal TVPlayer.com for quick and robust streaming. After following step 2 above, your computer, phone or streaming device will now think it's in the UK. So you can live stream the BBC broadcast without paying a penny, even if you aren't physically located in the UK this weekend.

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