Why Strictly Come Dancing's live show is on Friday this week

Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez need to be Strictly ready on Friday this week. (BBC)
Helen Skelton and Gorka Marquez need to be Strictly ready on Friday this week. (BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing is usually the anchor that the rest of BBC One's TV schedule is built around, so it's a rare occasion that the dancing show is moved.

However, this weekend will see Strictly's live show take place on Friday night instead of Saturday - giving the couples a day less to prepare for the quarter final.

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This is all you need to know about Strictly's timings this week.

When is Strictly Come Dancing on TV this week?

This weekend, Strictly has moved its usual Saturday live show to Friday night instead.

It will air on Friday, 2 December at the later time of 8pm on BBC One.

Why has Strictly moved to Friday this week?

The judges are working on Friday night this week. (BBC)
The judges are working on Friday night this week. (BBC)

Strictly almost never moves days, in large part because it causes havoc for the couples' training schedules.

This week, they'll be left with one day less to prepare for the quarter final live show - and it's also musicals week, to boot - because the live show will air on Friday, instead.

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One event that trumps the Strictly live show in BBC One's schedules is of course the World Cup, and with the group C winners and group D runners up set to play each other on Saturday, the channel has made way for the match in its usual Strictly slot.

Strictly was actually moved at the beginning of the series, too, when the period of national mourning leading up to the Queen's funeral meant that the launch show (a pre-record) had to be delayed by a week.

What will happen to the results show?

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The results show has also been shifted as the World Cup's group B winners and group A runners up match will air on BBC One on Sunday in the usual Strictly slot.

Find out who made it through to the semi final and who was sent home from the ballroom in the Strictly results show on Saturday this week instead.

The Strictly results show will air on Saturday, 3 December at 5.40pm on BBC One.

When is the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 final?

Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal are favourites with viewers. (BBC)
Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal are favourites with viewers. (BBC)

We're just a couple of weeks away from the 2022 Strictly final, which is expected to air on Saturday, 17 December (barring any more World Cup clashes).

Exact timings and the couples who make it through to the final will be announced in due course.

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