The series has been accused of homophobia by LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) activists for not including same-sex dancing partners. Broadcaster and lifelong gay rights champion Matthew Wright said in 2017: "It's on a public service broadcaster that we all pay for and it denies essentially that same-sex couples exist because it doesn't show any. So how is that representative of the great British public that funds it? It doesn't represent all those people that have had gay marriages, that have had civil partnerships, it doesn't represent who we are as a country."
Brian Capron claimed in a interview that he found the experience of taking part in the show in 2007 "humiliating". Because he was booted off the show in the first elimination and his poor performance was due to him being sick with flu.
The use of "Strictly" in the title is both a knowing reference to Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom (1992) film, with its underlying earlier similar plot concept of a Pro and a Beginner dancer paired in Competition, and to denote it's difference from yet similarity to the BBC TV series Come Dancing (1949), which is the strictly professional with professional Dance Competition format.
While BBC TV Centre, in West London, is being re-configured, they have temporarily moved Studio to Elstree (Film) Studios' huge George Lucas Sound Stage. This choice of Studio location also gives the "Movie" themed episodes a beautiful edge especially when they feature movies made at Elstree, such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones. It's rumoured they may stay on in Elstree (Film) Studios after BBC TV Centre is re-configured.