BBC Three has announced three new commissions and confirmed a launch night show that will be broadcast on the new channel in 2022.
The centre-piece of the schedule on opening night will be the first-ever RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK Versus The World. With the UK as the host nation, for the first time in Drag Race Herstory, nine International members of RuPaul’s Drag Race Royal alumni will compete to become the ultimate Drag Race Superstar.
Also coming to BBC Three next year is Santa Claus The Serial Killer (working title), a six-part series from award-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar. In his next true-crime exploration following Hometown: A Killing, Azhar heads to Toronto, Canada, to explore the case of serial killer Bruce McArthur, a story which has thrown themes of race, faith, culture and sexuality into sharp focus.
And BBC Three will take to the skies in Flight Club (working title), a new ten-part series commissioned with BBC Scotland and Screen Scotland. This access-all-areas observations series follows the young staff and crew of Loganair as they lift the lid on what a career high in the clouds is all about
Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three says: “As we gear up for launch, we’re excited to start talking about what will be on the new channel. As a destination for young audiences on the BBC, BBC Three will provide a true multi-genre offering with these commissions serving up some World Class entertainment with RuPaul Versus, award-winning true-crime with Mobeen and sky-high ambition with Flight Club.”
Once the channel goes live in early February, shows will premiere on BBC Three and will be made available on BBC iPlayer – BBC Three will be available on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat.