RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Gets Sophomore Run


BBC Three and World of Wonder have confirmed that a second season of the U.K. version of the award-winning global hit RuPaul’s Drag Race will air in 2020.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is an 8×60-minute World of Wonder production for BBC Three. The current season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK airs on BBC iPlayer on Thursdays from 8 p.m. The RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise is available in 193 countries through network partners and World of Wonder’s streaming service, WOW Presents Plus. The series has been nominated in the U.S. for 29 Emmys, with 13 wins.

Having brought RuPaul’s Drag Race UK to British screens for the first time to critical acclaim, BBC Three has opened applications to find another set of drag queens to compete on the show. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 15. This first season has seen the queens face a myriad of challenges designed to test their drag ability, and they’ve served regal runway realness, formed two fierce girl bands, performed Downton Draggy and so much more.

The current season’s finale airs at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, exclusively on BBC iPlayer in the U.K.

RuPaul said: “I want to thank the BBC and all our fans for their overwhelming support of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. This season’s queens proved that Britain’s Got Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent and I want to see more! Here’s to another season of love, laughter and light!”

Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning at the BBC, said: “The response to the current U.K. series has been nothing short of dragulous; our viewers have really taken the show and the amazing queens to their hearts. So I’m delighted that Ru and the gang are going to shantay stay. Let the search for the next group of queens begin!”

Fiona Campbell, controller at BBC Three, commented: “I’m delighted that BBC Three will be the home for series two of Drag Race UK. Every single queen for series one has brought something different to the table and I’ve loved watching and getting to know them. The show is a huge hit for us and we’re very much looking forward to unleashing another series for our audience to tuck into!”

Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, World of Wonder co-founders and executive producers, added: “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has legs and we could not be more thrilled. It all turned out so ‘much bettah’ than we could have imagined, from working with BBC Three to the UK queens’ boundless talents. We can’t wait to see who shows up to flash their tuppence for season two!”