'RuPaul's Drag Race UK': Release date, cast, plot, trailer, news and everything you need to know about drag queen show

'RuPaul's Drag Race UK': Release date, cast, plot, trailer, news and everything you need to know about drag queen show

After the spectacular success of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' in the US, the show is branching out to various countries. While the two-season-old ‘Drag Race Thailand’ based on the same series, does not see any involvement of the OG host and judge RuPaul Charles, the UK version that premiered on October 3, will see him taking on the same responsibilities as in the original show.

Release Date

The UK edition of the groundbreaking series premiered on Thursday, October 3, 2019.


Much like its American counterpart, 'RuPaul’s Drag Race UK' will see some of the most talented and unique drag queens from all over the country competing for the title of “Next Drag Superstar.” They will be judged on their various talents, potentially including designing costumes, making over someone else, acting, dancing, singing, lip-syncing and comedic chops – possibly even stand-up.

RuPaul and his BFF Michelle Visage will return as the judges for 'RuPaul's Drag Race UK.' They will be joined by British comedians Graham Norton and Alan Carr. (Getty Images)

Two queens with the worst critiques of the day would be asked to partake in a lip-sync battle, with one getting the chop and the other getting one more chance to prove why they deserve to be in the competition. Ru gets to decide who stays and who goes, and when it is down to the final three, who gets the crown.


Joining RuPaul would be his good friend Judy Michelle Visage, with whom he has shared a lifelong friendship. The collaborative effort between BBC and World of Wonder will see Alan Carr and Graham Norton joining the judging panel, as the UK counterparts of Ross Mathews and Carson Kressley.

On May 20, 2019, the BBC announced that ‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams would be one of the guest-judges and would appear in an episode. No other judges have been revealed so far, but the possibilities are infinite.

Where to watch

The first series of 'RuPaul’s Drag Race UK', which will consist of eight 60-minute episodes, is set to air on the BBC Three section of BBC iPlayer.


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