RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 4: release date of new series who are the queens - and who are the judges?

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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will return on BBC Three with another 12 queens eager to claim the crown

Drag competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is back this month as a dozen new contestants hope to impress RuPaul and the other judges with their looks.

The judges are looking for the UK’s next drag superstar and will see RuPaul in the role of head judge, mentor, and host.

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The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 4The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 4
The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 4 | BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy

How does RuPaul’s Drag Race UK work?

Each week the contestants will create new drag outfits and complete several challenges.

Most episodes will feature a mini challenge, and the queens may have to take part in a photo shoot or perform reads of each other, where they insult the other contestants in a hopefully funny way.

Next, the contestants will compete in a maxi challenge, usually involving them designing a full drag outfit based on a set theme - the winner of the maxi challenge will win a RuPeter Badge.

The queens will showcase their designs on a runway and will be critiqued by the panel of judges.

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The judges will pick the two worst performing queens at the end of each show and they have to take part in a lip sync battle, performing to the same song. RuPaul will then choose one contestant to save and send the other home.

Each week a contestant will be eliminated, with three queens left to compete in the season finale.

Who are the queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 4?

Pixie Polite

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Le Fil

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Le Fil | BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy

Sminty Drop

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Sminty Drop | BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy

Danny Beard

Danny BeardDanny Beard
Danny Beard | BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy


Starlet | BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy

Dakota Schiffer

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Dakota Schiffer | BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy

Cheddar Gorgeous

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Cheddar Gorgeous | BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy

Black Peppa

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Black Peppa | BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy

Just May

Just MayJust May
Just May | BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy


Baby | BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy

Jonbers Blonde

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Jonbers Blonde | BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy

Copper Top

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Copper Top | BBC/World of Wonder/Guy Levy

Who are the judges on Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK season 4?


Drag queen RuPaul has been head judge on the original version of the show since it first aired in the US in 2009 and has also been on every UK season.

Michelle Visage

American singer and DJ Michelle Visage was also a judge on the US version of the show - she was previously a member of the bank Seduction and had five top 100 albums with the group.

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The actor, comedian and TV host is best known for presenting The Graham Norton Show as well as annual coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Alan Carr

Comedian Alan Carr is known for presenting talk show Chatty Man from 2009-2016 and presenting Alan Carr’s Epic Game Show which began airing in 2020.

When is RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 4 on TV?

Season four of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK was confirmed in October 2021 and will begin airing on BBC Three on Wednesday 22 September at 9pm.

There are 10 episodes in the season and they will be released at the same time weekly.

All episodes from seasons 1-3 are available to watch on BBC iPlayer now, and episodes from season four will be after they are first broadcast.

Is there a trailer?

Yes, and you can watch it right here:

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