Strictly Come Dancing fans fear launch will be cancelled

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Strictly Come Dancing’s launch show is hanging in the balance as BBC One has cleared its regular Friday programming to cover tributes to the late Queen. The launch show for the milestone 20th series was due to air this weekend but fans are fearing it could be cancelled in the wake of the sovereign’s death as Britons remain in a period of national mourning. 

Strictly fans took to Twitter to comment on the possibility of the ballroom show being cancelled, with Chanelle Lydia commenting: “Praying they don’t postpone it.”

@CasualNexus01 penned: “Realistically, there’s no way you can do an hour and 50 minutes glitzy Strictly launch show on Saturday, two days before a full state funeral during a period of national mourning, is there?”

Chris Calvert said: “I really hope the BBC keeps the Strictly season launch this Saturday. It’s the perfect mainstream entertainment that will provide comfort to a lot of people. Light relief in the constant stream of rolling news.” (sic) 

Ryan added: “I don’t want to sound insensitive – but I think this Saturday’s #Strictly launch show should go ahead but be placed on @BBCTwo or @bbcthree whilst BBC one continues news coverage. 

“If Gogglebox and [The Great British] Bake Off can go ahead – then so can Strictly as it’s escapism.”

Gogglebox aired as usual on Friday at 9pm but the episode was filmed before the Queen’s death was announced to the world. 

The new series of The Great British Bake Off is expected to air on Channel 4 on Tuesday evening as planned. 

Dr Emily Garside commented: “In all seriousness, I will cry if the Strictly launch falls into the ‘you can’t have fun tv’ window. That nonsense keeps me going half the year.” 

Tracey Davies remarked: “Lots of discussions about Strictly launch show next weekend but aren’t (King) Charles and (Queen Consort) Camilla fans of the show? 

“They may give the go-ahead for it to be shown as planned – a bit of joy in a sad time?” (sic) 

The pre-recorded Strictly launch episode, which sees the celebrity contestants paired with their professional dancing partners, was set to air on Saturday, September 17.

The Queen’s funeral will be held on Monday, September 19 in Westminster Abbey. 

Britain’s longest-serving monarch died aged 96 in Balmoral Castle surrounded by her loved ones last Thursday. 

Many members of her family rushed to Balmoral to be by her side after her doctors announced she was under medical supervision. 

This Friday, gun salutes will ring out in London and bells will toll across the nation, with places of worship encouraged to open for prayers by the Church of England. 

Mourners have been placing floral tributes around Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and other parts of London following the news of the Queen’s death. 

Prince William and his brother Prince Harry put on a united front with their wives Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle at the weekend to greet mourners in Windsor. 

The Duke of Sussex shared a touching tribute to his late grandmother the Queen on Monday morning which read: “In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen – and in mourning her loss – we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty. 

“She was globally admired and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy.”

Strictly Come Dancing is set to start on BBC One on September 17. 

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