BBC Three confirms Drag Race UK will return for Season 2
Staff Reporter | On 07, Nov 2019Reading time: 3 mins
BBC Three and World of Wonder have confirmed that a second-season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is officially on the way.
A global phenomenon, the RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise is available in 193 countries and has been nominated in the US for a record-breaking 29 Emmys with 13 wins. In 2018, Drag Race became the first series to win Best Reality-Competition Program and Host in the same year, and the show had a repeat victory at this years’ ceremony.
The hotly anticipated British version of the hit reality contest has seen 10 UK queens compete to be crowned the UK’s first Drag Race Superstar in Season 1, with episodes arriving at 8pm on Thursdays and the final set for 21st November. The queens are Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Crystal, Cheryl Hole, Divina De Campo, Gothy Kendoll, Sum Ting Wong, Scaredy Kat, The Vivienne and Vinegar Strokes.
Maisie Williams, Geri Horner, Jade Thirlwall, Michaela Coel, Andrew Garfield, Cheryl and Twiggy are the extra special celebrity guest judges joining RuPaul and Michelle Visage for one episode each, alongside Graham Norton and Alan Carr who are on rotating judging duties.
“It’s heartening to see that it has, in fact, embraced the many specificities of the UK, while simultaneously being rather confused by them, and an extra layer of entertainment is added by that cultural exchange,” we wrote in our review. “The results are witty, fabulous, and very, very British.“
It has been a runway success for BBC Three with 6.5 million total requests on iPlayer just over half way through the first season, as the queens face a myriad of challenges designed to test their drag ability to the max, and they’ve served regal realness, formed two fierce girl bands, performed Downton Draggy and so much more.
RuPaul says: “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, Entertainment Commissioning, says: “The response to the current UK 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 BBC Three, says: “I’m delighted that BBC Three will be the home for Season 2 of Drag Race UK. Every single queen for Season 1 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!”
BBC Three has now opened applications to find another set of sickening queens to compete in the Olympics of drag. To apply for the next series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK sashay to https://get.rupaulsdragraceuk.com/casting – applications need to be in by Friday 15th November 2019.
Drag Race UK Season 2 will air in 2020.