When Was RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 2 Filmed? What Happened During Lockdown Production Break
11 January 2021, 17:33
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season two was filmed throughout 2020, with the production schedule thrown into chaos when the world went into lockdown. But when was the new series filmed?
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season two is about to return to screens, with a brand new cast of hopeful drag queens and a bunch of celebrity guest judges to join RuPaul, Graham Norton, Michelle Visage and Alan Carr.
The new series was filmed in 2020 with a break in between when the nation went into the first Covid-19 lockdown, but wrapped up toward the end of the year.
Here’s everything you need to know about when RuPaul’s Drag Race was filmed, and how long the cast and crew had to take a break from filming.
When was RuPaul’s Drag Race UK filmed?
Drag Race UK season 2 began filming in early 2020, shortly after the first series had aired.
Production was temporarily halted when the government implemented a nationwide lockdown to curb the rise in coronavirus cases in March.
A statement from a BBC spokesperson said at the time: "In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, production on RuPaul's Drag Race UK will be temporarily pausing filming both in consultation with and supported by the BBC.”
Significant changes were made to the Werk Room in the meantime, so the production crew could be compliant with coronavirus regulations when the contestants returned.
When did RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season two take a break from filming?
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK took a break from filming when the first national lockdown came into force.
Filming was paused for a few months and the series was resumed in a Covid-safe way and finalised toward the end of 2020.
The break gave some of the queens a chance to work harder on their looks, with Alan Carr revealing a number of contestants came back with even better outfits.
He said: “You hope that in that break they got to a sewing machine, they got the old needle out and everything.
"Some of them were obviously like 'Wow, ok the standard is that good, right I'm gonna do something about it.' So I was disappointed that some of them hadn't. But wow, the ones that had — oh my god, mind-blowing."
Cameras were still rolling throughout lockdown, so we’ll get to see what the queens got up to during their time at home.