Enjoy BBC’s Strictly Christmas Special with audio description

Post date: 
Friday, 14 December 2018
TV, Radio and Film
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If you love a bit of festive ballroom glitz and watching TV with audio description (AD), then don’t miss BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. 

For many years, blind and partially sighted Strictly fans have been asking for the series to be audio described, but up until now technical difficulties have prevented AD being delivered on live broadcasts on UK television. 

Unlike the regular Strictly series, the BBC will be broadcasting the pre-recorded Strictly Christmas Special with AD. Six former contestants will return to the Strictly floor on the special show, to be broadcast on Christmas Day.

Tell us what you think 

After watching the show, let us know what you thought of the AD. Such as:

  • Did the AD work for you?
  • Do you feel it captured all the important bits, the extra sparkle, sequins and the expressive movement of the dances?
  • Would you be interested in watching the full series with the AD in the future?

Your feedback will help to establish the level of interest in such shows, and also tell us what it is that you would like described when watching similar programmes.

How do I send my feedback?

Send an email to [email protected] or find us on Twitter @RNIB. We will collect your feedback and send it to the BBC.

What time is the Strictly Christmas Special on TV?

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special will be broadcast on BBC One on Christmas Day. The exact time will be announced closer to the day. You will also be able to catch up with the show on BBC iPlayer.

More about the Strictly 2018 Christmas Special

Six former contestants will return to the Strictly floor: Anita Rani, Ann Widdecombe, Caroline Flack, Aston Merrygold, Jake Wood and Michael Vaughan.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and head judge Shirley Ballas will make an appearance, alongside presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

The judges will score each of the six couples, but the winner will be decided by the studio audience.