RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 3 release date and time as BBC Three hit returns

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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is on its way back to BBC Three for a third series – here’s all you need to know.


In series three, global drag icon, RuPaul, presides as twelve fabulous queens compete for the chance to be crowned The UK’s Next Drag Race Superstar.

The new series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will return to BBC iPlayer from 7PM on Thursday 23 September, with new episodes dropping weekly.

Ahead of the launch date, you can meet the Queens on Series 3 of Drag Race UK here.

The third series comes just months after the second wrapped up in March, having been delayed due to the pandemic causing a halt to filming.

Speaking about the third series, RuPaul said: “We feel honoured that you’ve embraced our little show, and our only wish is that we can offer a smile at a time when we can all use it the most.”


Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three, added of the show: “It’s been a huge hit for us and we love it as much as you do so we’re delighted that we can continue our relationship with World of Wonder and can bring even more Drag Race to BBC Three.”

Series 3 will welcome back RuPaul alongside regular judges Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr as 12 queens face challenges designed to fully test their Drag expertise to the max.

As ever, they will be joined weekly by guest judges which for the upcoming series will include Oti Mabuse, Matt Lucas and Kathy Burke.

They are also set to include Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock as well as Spice Girls singer Emma Bunton.

Meanwhile it’s rumoured that Sir Elton John is set to appear in the new series.

The Daily Star on Sunday says that Sir Elton will pop up on the show’s upcoming third season as part of a challenge

“Elton is a massive fan of RuPaul and the show, so he was keen to be part of the new series,” a source told the tabloid. “To say producers were thrilled to get him to sign up would be a massive understatement. They couldn’t believe their luck.


Steps, Charity Shop Sue and Jay Revell are also confirmed to be a part of the new series while Nadine Coyle and Judi Love will star in the iconic Snatch Game challenge.

For now, series one and two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK are currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer in the UK.