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

Claudia Winkleman (L) and Tess Daly attend the red carpet launch for 'Strictly Come Dancing 2018' (Photo: Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images)
Claudia Winkleman (L) and Tess Daly attend the red carpet launch for 'Strictly Come Dancing 2018' (Photo: Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images)

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?

New series of Strictly Come Dancing typically commence during the autumn months - usually around September or October - a timing which aligns with the show's tradition of bringing a touch of glitz and glamour to viewers' screens as the nights grow longer.

Before the main competition kicks off, the show treats its audience to a special introductory episode, which serves as a tantalising preview of sorts. During this episode, the new lineup of celebrity contestants is introduced to viewers, and each celebrity is paired with their respective professional dance partner for the upcoming series.

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.

When will Strictly 2023 start?

In previous years, the initial launch episode has aired on the second or third weekend of September. Typically, the finale airs in December.

Indeed, Strictly Come Dancing will make a comeback on BBC One and the BBC iPlayer this year in the autumn, with the popular programme predicted to be returning to television on Saturday 23 September.

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?”