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Drag Race UK confirmed for third series, series two to air early 2021

BBC Three confirms that the next series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK will air in early 2021 and announces plans for a third series.

BBC Three has confirmed that the long-awaited second series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK will air early next year and has also announced plans for a third series.

The second series had been earmarked for this Autumn but production was interrupted in March as the coronavirus pandemic swept the world.

Filming has now been able to resume, however, meaning that the show can finally air - most likely from January and possibly as part of BBC Three's expected relaunch as a linear TV channel.

RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton are all returning as judges for the second series, with 12 queens competing for the crown over 10 episodes.

"I'm happy to announce the triumphant return of RuPaul's Drag Race UK," RuPaul said in a statement.

"Early in 2021, season two will arrive with all the hope, joy, laughter and glitter you've come to expect from our brilliant queens.

"We're also currently casting season three 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."

BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell added: "We're very happy to confirm that series two of RuPaul's Drag Race UK is on its way very soon and with 12 new queens to meet, it's even bigger than the first series and we can't wait for you to see it in early 2021.

"Also, because we're so excited about it and can't keep it a secret, we wanted to share the news now that there is going to be a third series as well.

"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."

Casting for series three is currently open until November 14.

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