RuPaul’s Drag Race is getting a UK adaptation. BBC Three has ordered a local version of the global hit series, which is set to air in 2019. World Of Wonder are producing. Eight episodes have been ordered for the show’s first season.
“It is a dream come true to extend our royal family to the United Kingdom with our partners at BBC Three. I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens” RuPaul said. “And before anyone asks, yes, we would be thrilled to have Meghan Markle join us, as we are already preparing a ‘Royal-Mother-To-Be’ runway challenge.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK sees RuPaul on the lookout to crown one of the UK’s top drag artists the ‘Queen of Great Britain’. But, it will take more than just a wig and pair of heels to win as ten contestants take part in weekly challenges and face off against each other to keep themselves in the competition.
Contestants will compete in individual or team challenges that test a specific drag queen skill before taking on the Maxi Challenge, the headline moment of each show where they may be required to perform, model in a photo shoot, prepare a runway look for a themed challenge before having to face the judges, with one contestant each week eliminated and asked to “Sashay Away”.
“Needless to say, we’re delighted that BBC Three will be the home of a new UK version of Drag Race. It is one of the biggest entertainment titles in the world and anticipation levels for a UK version have been at feverish levels”, said BBC Three Controller of Damian Kavanagh, who commissioned the series alongside the BBC’s Controller of Entertainment Commissioning Kate Phillips. “With heart, humour and the un-imitable RuPaul, Drag Race is going to take BBC Three to a whole new level.”
While Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, World Of Wonder Co-Founders and Executive Producers, added: “World of Wonder Productions began in the UK, and the many Queens of England have always been an inspiration, so bringing RuPaul’s Drag Race to BBC Three is a very special home coming”.