RuPaul’s Drag Race UK 2021 release date and time revealed – watch trailer

RuPaul's Drag Race UK start date and time for season 2

The second series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is finally on its way – here when it starts and a first trailer!


The hit reality series made its debut in the UK in 2019 on BBC Three.

A second series was quickly confirmed and – after filming delays due to the pandemic – will launch soon.

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 2 release date and time

The BBC has now announced that the second series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will start on Thursday, January 14 at 7PM on BBC iPlayer.

They teased: “Our lips are still sealed with regards to the incoming queens, and extra special celebrity judges, BUT we can tell you that the second series will be even bigger than the first, with twelve queens battling it out for the title of the UK’s Next Drag Superstar over ten weeks.”

RuPaul Charles, Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr will all be returning to the show for its second outing.


Filming will resume later this month (November), with Alan telling ITV’s Lorraine recently: “It will be nice to just get that finished.

“It’s also good for some of the drag queens who maybe their sewing wasn’t that good, because in the lockdown, if they’ve got any sense, they’d be on that sewing machine, with that pedal down – no excuse!”

Actress and comedian Dawn French has revealed she will be one of the guest judges on the new series.

She shared on The Table Manners podcast: “I think there’s going to be a Perspex between each judge. That’s a shame because I really do want to touch Ru and Michelle Visage.”

Series one of the show was a runaway success for BBC Three with 6.5 million total requests on iPlayer by half way through the series.

Speaking about the second series previously, 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!”

The first series of RuPaul’s Drag Race aired October-November 2019 and is available now to watch online here.