For the first time in Drag Race herstory, queens from different international series will compete against one another in the new BBC Three show
By Laura Rutkowski, Senior Staff Writer
Hello, hello, hello! Alright, babes? We have some tea (English breakfast, of course). In the brand-new series RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World, the UK is the host nation for nine familiar faces who all hope to snatch the crown for their country. Forget becoming the next Drag Race Superstar, this is about becoming the very first Queen of the World.
The show also arrives at a very exciting moment for British telly – it’s airing on BBC Three HD’s launch day on Tuesday 1 February at 9pm, as well as (death) dropping on to BBC iPlayer (Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer) at the same time.
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton return to judge, while guests for the series include Clara Amfo, Daisy May Cooper, Jade Thirlwall, Jonathan Bailey, Melanie C and Michelle Keegan. Strictly Come Dancing’s Johannes Radebe will be on hand to help with choreography, while Katie Price is joining to play Snatch Game (Bimini Bon-Boulash, we hope you get an introduction).
The queens are all Drag Race royalty in their own right, so it’s only fitting that their first challenge is to stage their own Royal Command performance. Meet the Ru girls below and may the best drag queen win…
Appeared on: RuPaul’s Drag Race series 10, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars series 4
Previous position: Eighth place (USA series 10), runner-up (All Stars series 4)
Drag superpower: Reinvention. Mo Heart is the artist formerly known as Monique Heart or Kutabetch Heart
Appeared on: Drag Race Thailand as co-host
Previous position: N/A, first time competitor
Drag superpower: Dark horse/“RuPaul of Thailand”
When is BBC Three’s RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World on TV?
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World airs on BBC Three HD (CH 107 if you are based in England or Northern Ireland, or CH 157 for customers in Wales or Scotland) on Tuesdays at 9pm, with the first episode streaming on February 1st. It is available on the new channel, as well as in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer. New episodes will be released weekly.
Watch all series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and Canada’s Drag Race in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer.
Channel changes and series recordings
With BBC Three launching on your telly box, other BBC channels are on the move to make it simpler for you to find them. If you have a Virgin TV 360 box this means you need to reset your BBC series recordings for BBC One HD, BBC One SD and BBC Four HD. Customers with a TiVo® box will not be affected. Luckily, it is super easy to reset a series recording, meaning you won’t miss out on your favourite shows. Click here to learn out how to do it and for more information about Series Link+.
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Image credits: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World © BBC / Guy Levy