Strictly Come Dancing 2023 start date: when is it, BBC launch show, when is the finale - how to watch it

Here's when Strictly will be returning to screens this year
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As the summer warmth begins to wane and the leaves start their golden transformation, fans of Strictly Come Dancing eagerly await the return of their favourite dance extravaganza.

The popular programme will return to television this month, with the customary introductory episode, a beloved tradition of the show, introducing the celebrity contestants to their dance partners and offering a sneak peek into the world of glitz and sequins that viewers can expect in the coming weeks.

The 15 contestants for the upcoming season of Strictly Come Dancing have been confirmed, including broadcaster Angela Rippon, who will be the show's oldest contestant at 79 when the programme is filmed.

A teaser trailer giving fans a first look at this year’s series has been shared by judge Shirley Ballas on Instagram and it is getting fans in the mood.

But when exactly will Strictly 2023 start? Here is everything you need to know about it.

When does Strictly start?

It has been confirmed that this year’s Strictly will commence on Saturday, September 16. In the first episode, viewers will find out which celebrities have been paired with the Strictly professionals ahead of the main competition.

Following the unveiling of the pairings, Strictly Come Dancing takes a brief hiatus, typically spanning a week or two. This pause allows the celebrities and their partners to engage in intensive training, honing their dance skills and perfecting routines that will dazzle the judges and capture the hearts of the viewers ahead of the first live studio broadcast.

The 13-episode series will be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, and it will end on 16 December with the live finale.

Is there a trailer?

Yes, a trailer giving fans a first look at Strictly Come Dancing 2023 was released on 2 September. The teaser shows professional dancers giving a dramatic performance outside and inside the Tate Britain gallery in London.

Taking to Instagram, judge Shirley Ballas shared a clip of the trailer alongside the caption: “Get your dancing shoes on… Strictly Come Dancing 2023 coming soon, who’s ready for an exciting season?”

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