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Strictly Come Dancing line up and episodes confirmed for new special series

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BBC One's new special series of Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight - here's all you need to know.

Strictly: The Best Of is a new four-part show which airs on Saturday nights from September 19 ahead of the main series

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Strictly: The Best Of… will showcase the nation’s favourite moments from themed weeks, Movies, Musicals, Blackpool and the Final.

Hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, each special will see the fab four judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli as well all the Strictly professional dancers and special guests reminisce about the iconic dances, the high-octane group numbers and the standout moments.

Celebrities featured across the series include: Alex Scott, Alexandra Burke, Ashley Roberts, Debbie McGee, Ed Balls, Emma Barton, Faye Tozer, Frankie Bridge, Joe Sugg, Karim Zeroual, Kelvin Fletcher, Lauren Steadman, Louis Smith, Ore Oduba, Reverend Richard Coles and Scott Mills.

Strictly: Best Of episodes

Strictly: The Best of Movies - September 19
Strictly: The Best Of Movies looks back at the incredible moments when Strictly went to Hollywood for the night. Relive the jaw-dropping routines, crazy costumes, and amazing group dances of this much loved theme week.

Strictly: The Best of Blackpool - September 26
Tess, Claudia, the judges and the pros look back at the best Blackpool moments in Strictly history, and the public get involved by recreating their favourite routines. Blackpool is an iconic week in the Strictly calendar, so Tess, Claudia, the judges and the pros experience again the supersized dances, the high-octane group numbers, and all the stand-out moments from Blackpool down the years.

Strictly: The Best of Musicals - October 3
Strictly the Best of Musicals celebrates the unforgettable highlights from the glitziest themed night of them all. And this week the pros bring us an incredible NEW Musicals group dance – all filmed from their homes in lockdown – so enjoy a unique bit of Strictly magic.

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Strictly: The Best of the Final - October 10
Strictly the Best of the Final relives the nights where champions were made, and dreams were realised. We celebrate the finalists, the emotion and the incredible routines that have graced the Strictly final. Tess and Claudia, along with the judges, pros and some well-loved finalists delight in reminiscing on the biggest night in the Strictly ballroom. The show will also pay tribute to 2014 champion Caroline Flack.

Strictly: Best Of continues tonight (September 26) at 8:15M on BBC One.

Meanwhile, the usual Strictly Christmas special has been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.

However the BBC has revealed an alternative countdown show to air this year.

Strictly: The Christmas Countdown will reveal the 25 most memorable dances of all time voted for by the viewers.

The BBC say: "From the perfect 40’s, the trophy-winning routines, dances that have made us laugh, and perhaps some that are remembered for other reasons - this show will have it all. Presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, join the judges and professional dancers as they count down to see which will be voted the most memorable Strictly dance of all time."

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The main series of Strictly Come Dancing will begin in October.

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