In the best news for British Drag Race fans since Netflix picked up the American show in the first place, production company World of Wonder has announced that the UK is getting its very own Drag Race spin-off. Firm details about the upcoming show are thin on the ground, but here’s what we know so
In the best news for British Drag Race fans since Netflix picked up the American show in the first place, production company World of Wonder has announced that the UK is getting its very own Drag Race spin-off.
Firm details about the upcoming show are thin on the ground, but here’s what we know so far.
When does Drag Race UK start?
RuPaul hasn’t announced a start date for the series, but only promised it would arrive “next year.” That was in December 2018 though, so we should expect the show to start some time in 2019.
What channel is it on?
The British Drag Race spin-off will be exclusive to BBC Three, which isn’t technically a TV channel at all any more – it’s online only. That means you’ll have to use iPlayer to watch the show, whether that’s on your phone, computer, games console, or smart TV.
Is RuPaul hosting?
There’s not been definite confirmation yet, but it looks likely that RuPaul will host the UK edition, as he’s already been confirmed to be heavily involved in the production.
RuPaul said: “I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens.”
Who are the judges?
Official announcements on judges also haven’t been made yet, but it seems very likely that regular US judge Michelle Visage will be on the show – she is British herself, after all.
Beyond that we don’t know for sure. Previous contestants including Bianca Del Rio and Courtney Act have hinted that they’d love to take part, either as regular judges or guests, but we also imagine there’ll be a push to include some homegrown talent on the judging panel – beyond Michelle.
Who are the contestants?
None of the contestants have yet been announced yet, so stay tuned – though naturally we expect them all to be UK-based queens.
How to watch Drag Race UK from outside the UK
There’s been no word yet on whether or not Drag Race UK will air on a US TV channel – or anywhere else for that matter. We expect it will, but it’s not guaranteed, and there might be a delay before it airs.
If that’s the case, then if you want to watch from outside the UK you’ll need to use a VPN (virtual private network) like NordVPN so it appears your device is local if you want to watch along with the UK on iPlayer. For more details see our best VPNs article, or our specific guide to watching BBC iPlayer from abroad.