In the best news for British Drag Race fans since Netflix picked up the American show in the first place, production company World of Wonder has announced that the UK is getting its very own Drag Race spin-off.

So read on to see who the queens will be, when the show starts, who the judges are and everything else we know about the show so far. 

When does Drag Race UK start?

Gentlemen, start your engines, because Drag Race will be kicking off on Thursday 3 October at 8pm on BBC iPlayer, and will reoccur every Thursday at 8pm. 

Who are the contestants?

For the first UK series of Drag Race, we've got 10 queens all competing for the top spot. They are:

  • Baga Chipz, aged 29 from London
  • Blu Hydrangea, aged 23 from Belfast
  • Divina De Campo, aged 35 from West Yorkshire
  • Crystal, aged 34 from London
  • Sum Ting Wong, aged 30 from Birmingham
  • Cheryl Hole, aged 25 from Essex
  • Gothy Kendoll, aged 21 from Leicester
  • Vinegar Strokes, aged 35 from London
  • Scaredy Kat, aged 20 from Wiltshire
  • The Vivienne, aged 27 from Liverpool

What channel is it on?

The British Drag Race spin-off will be exclusive to BBC Three, which isn't technically a TV channel at all any more - it's online only. That means you'll have to use iPlayer to watch the show, whether that's on your phone, computer, games console, or smart TV.

Is RuPaul hosting?

It wouldn't be drag race without RuPaul, so naturally he will host the UK edition. On the start of the show RuPaul said: "I am beyond excited to celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen’s queens."

Who are the judges?

As with the American series, we'll be seeing RuPaul Charles and Michelle Visage reprising their roles as resident judges. However, as this is the UK edition we'll also have some familiar faces from the telly. Both Graham Norton and Alan Carr will rotate on the panel each week, with both scheduled to appear in the grand finale. 

We'll also be seeing some celebrity guest judges getting in on the action. Those announced so far include Andrew Garfield, Michaela Coel, Maisie Williams, Jade Thirlwall, Geri Horner, Cheryl and Twiggy. 

Who are the coaches?

Drag Race is infamous for its challenges, and our queens will need all the help that they can get to slay their competition. Star of Strictly Come Dancing AJ Pritchard and his brother from Love Island Curtis will be leading on the choreography front. For singing, the show has appointed MNEK to lend a hand. 

How to watch Drag Race UK from outside the UK

There's been no word yet on whether or not Drag Race UK will air on a US TV channel - or anywhere else for that matter. We expect it will, but it's not guaranteed, and there might be a delay before it airs.

If that's the case, then if you want to watch from outside the UK you'll need to use a VPN (virtual private network) like NordVPN so it appears your device is local if you want to watch along with the UK on iPlayer. For more details see our best VPNs article, or our specific guide to watching BBC iPlayer from abroad.