British pubcaster BBC3 has commissioned Los Angeles-headquartered World of Wonder to produce the first UK adaptation of the award-winning global series RuPaul’s Drag Race for 2019.
In the British adaptation, RuPaul will search for one of the UK’s top drag artists to crown as ‘Queen of Great Britain.’ Ten contestants will take part in weekly challenges and compete against one another to stay in the competition. Participants will compete in individual or team challenges that put their drag queen skills to the test before taking on the Maxi Challenge–the moment of each show where they may be required to perform, model, or prep a runway look for a themed challenge before having to face the judges, who will then decide who is asked to “Sashay Away.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK (8 x 60 minutes) is a World of Wonder production for BBC3. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, controller BBC3 and Kate Phillips, controller, BBC Entertainment. The executive producers are RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Sally Miles and Bruce McCoy, and the BBC commissioning editor is Ruby Kuraishe.
RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise is available in 193 countries through network partners and World of Wonder’s streaming platform WOW Presents Plus. The series was nominated for a record-breaking 12 Emmys in 2018, with wins including Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality-Competition Program.