The first series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK took the nation by storm, and there's no sign of that stopping anytime soon. Baga Chipz and The Vivienne have officially stolen my heart, and the guest judge appearances kept getting better and better with every episode. So will RuPaul's Drag Race UK return for series two?
Thankfully, the show’s sophomore series is right around the corner, because Drag Race UK is scheduled to return in early 2021. Can I get an Amen up in here? In a sickening social media statement, Mother Ru declared fans can begin “looking forward to better days,” adding that she’s “happy to announce the triumphant return of Rupaul’s Drag Race UK.”
“Early in 2021, season 2 will arrive will all the hope, joy, laughter and glitter you’ve come to expect from our brilliant queens. We’re also currently casting season 3 with the best and the brightest Great Britain has to offer. 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,” the announcement read.
Per Radio Times, filming for the series was “interrupted” due to the coronavirus pandemic over the summer. The second season was halfway through filming before having to shut down, as BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell said on a virtual panel at the Edinburgh TV Festival. “I think the best thing I can say is hopefully if we all stay well and stable in the UK like we are now, we’ll get it done by the end of the year,” Campbell explained at the time.
Thankfully, things have since got back on track, and during a recent appearance on ITV’s Lorraine, guest judge Alan Carr revealed that filming is set to resume soon. Speaking on Tuesday, Oct. 20, Carr explained “I’m filming that in a fortnight’s time, so that will be nice to just get that finished,” adding: “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.”
The BBC have also announced a spin-off series titled God Shave the Queens, which will treat viewers to a backstage look at the Drag Race UK tour. On top of that, Dawn French has been announced as the first guest judge for season 2. “They did originally ask me to be a full-time judge but I couldn’t — because I don’t live in London,” she told Jessie Ware on her Table Manners podcast.
French also gave some insight into how the set will be COVID-proofed, but revealing that there might be “a sort of Perspex” between the judges. “That’s a shame, because I really do want to touch RuPaul!” she exclaimed.
RuPaul's Drag Race UK series 2 is set to arrive in early 2021.
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